Kimi Raikkonen has labelled the SF16-H as 'already a better car' than last year's machine, despite a frustrated first day in action hampered by technical issues.
Getting his first mileage in the SF16-H after Sebastian Vettel drove the car on the first two days of testing, Raikkonen didn't make it out on track until late in the morning as Ferrari fixed a fuel flow issue.
However, once on course, Raikkonen quickly brought himself up to speed, notching up 76 laps and setting the third best time of the day behind Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean.
A positive start to the year for the Finn, Raikkonen was full of praise for the SF16-H despite the early delay, going as far to calling it better than the car Ferrari ended the year with in 2015.
“The first feeling is quite nice,” he said. “Not the best day overall but I'm sure it will be good, we just need more time in the car and obviously we are working on different things and trying better things. I'm sure it's going to be a better car - it's already a better car than the end of last year so we are doing the right things.”
Asked whether changes to the suspension have had a noticeable effect, Raikkonen says it has been a big area of improvement.
“Overall the handling is good, there were many areas we felt we had to improve from last year and that was one area, there are many other areas. We are now in the start of getting it ready and be happy with everything. There's still a lot of work to be done to produce a good car but I'm sure it's going to be good.”