Kimi Raikkonen's Brazilian Grand Prix weekend did not get off to the cleanest of starts, with a fragmented day of practice at Interlagos.
Despite the various interruptions to his programme, the Finn - who started the day sporting an ugly data-collecting rake behind his right-rear corner - finished up fourth fastest on the timesheets, behind only the two Mercedes and Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel, but was 1.1secs off the pace and unhappy with how his two 90-minute sessions had panned out, particularly as his progress was hampered by a spin through the gravel.
“In the morning, I had to do some aero testing in the first half an hour, then we had one run, a small issue with the set-up and I spun off,” he shrugged, “In the afternoon, a lot of things were always happening when we went out - we got some laps done but it was quite messy in all the ways.”
Unable to get a clean run, even when putting together a race simulation on the medium Pirellis, Raikkonen remains unsure of his potential for the rest of the weekend, a feeling not helped by problems with his clutch.
“We had some issue with it when we try to make the starts,” he admitted, “The car didn't feel too bad on one lap but I don't know [about race pace]. It felt okay, but we're still struggling a bit so we'll see. We'll try and improve tomorrow.”