Kimi Raikkonen admits that a repeat of the Suzuka scenario, where teams have the bulk of their preparation programme to get through in FP3, isn't the perfect start to the Russian Grand Prix weekend, but the Finn is mollified by the fact that no-one will start day two with an advantage.
As in Japan, conditions beyond the teams' control – a diesel spillage ahead of FP1 and rain in FP2 – meant that meaningful running was kept to an absolute minimum, with Raikkonen amongst those to not set a timed lap in the afternoon session. With any dry running in the morning compromised by a 30-minute clear-up delay that left sections of the track surface treacherously slippery, the Finn will again have to get through a heavy workload on Saturday morning it he is to be best prepared for qualifying and the race in Sochi.
“It was the same for everybody, but unfortunately being the only the dry session today, it was wiped away because of that,” he sighed, “They had to wash the circuit so it was a bit useless. But what can we do, it's one of those things.
“In the end, we had to do some running to see if there were any issues with the car, but one part of the track was almost dry and the other side was fully wet, so we learned absolutely nothing.
“Obviously we would have preferred to run in dry conditions, after we had an issue with the track this morning. That just made things very tricky, with the wet afternoon, so it was one of those days. [Cramming everything into FP3] is not ideal, but it's the same for everyone - we'd rather do it in practice than in good conditions. Today was an odd day, nothing was learned, so we will try to make the best out of tomorrow and do the normal things tomorrow.”
Asked whether he thought he could capitalise on the confusion and push his Ferrari onto the front row for Sunday's grand prix, Raikkonen was non-committal.
“It's too early to say,” he insisted, “Obviously, we didn't learn anything today, so we will have to see tomorrow. Hopefully it will be dry and we'll see how the tyres work. Today was not very nice and we didn't learn much, so if it's dry we can do some more tests. I think we should be okay - we'll see how far we get but we'll try.”