Kimi Raikkonen says changes made to his Ferrari after FP1 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix helped him be more competitive in Friday's second session.

Having been 12th quickest and 2.7s off the pace in the opening session, Raikkonen improved to seventh in FP2 and halved the gap to the Mercedes pair at the top of the times. While Fernando Alonso missed the evening session with a reliability issue, Raikkonen said his track time had shown that Ferrari had found a good direction ahead of the race.

"It was a very busy day and, particularly in the first session, we struggled a bit to find the right balance on the car," Raikkonen said. "The programme included various set-up tests and, probably partly because of the high temperatures, my car felt rather nervous.

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"Between the two sessions, we decided to make a few changes and in FP2, with lower temperatures, things improved, also in terms of how we compared to our competitors. My best lap wasn't perfect, I made a small mistake.

"Overall, the work we did today produced positive results and this evening's analysis of the data will deliver a lot of useful information to help us improve for qualifying and the race."