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F1 Italian GP: Raikkonen plays down Ferrari engine upgrade

Ferrari's upgraded engine represents an improvement, but Kimi Raikkonen says it is only a 'small step' in making the Ferrari faster.
Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari's final engine upgrade of the 2016 season is only a 'small step' even if he insists it still represents another move in the right direction in the team's fight with Mercedes.

Ferrari comes into its home Italian Grand Prix having spent the remainder of its engine development tokens in readiness for the high-speed Monza event, with Raikkonen ending the day fourth quickest behind the two Mercedes' and team-mate Sebastan Vettel.

Ending up six tenths shy of pace setter Lewis Hamilton out front in FP2, Raikkonen wasn't so enthused with his afternoon performance before playing down the likelihood of significant gains using the upgraded power unit.

ITALIAN GRAND PRIX - Free practice results (2)

“I think the first practice was pretty good, the second one less good, with new tyres and yellow flags and stuff like that. Overall it was not too bad, the car was feeling pretty OK. There's things to improve, always, but it started pretty OK.

“It [the engine] is pretty small steps and we wouldn't put anything in the car that wouldn't improve our performance. It's just a normal progress, we try to improve all the areas and that's one of them. It's a small thing but it's the right direction.”

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