Kimi Raikkonen has joined the chorus of drivers praising the Istanbul circuit, albeit in his typical understated way. The Finn was the second fastest race driver in Friday practice, behind McLaren team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya.

"I don't see that there's any Eau Rouge on this circuit, but it's quite a nice circuit," Raikkonen said, "It takes a little time to find a good set-up, but it's pretty okay. It's a little bit slippery, and then we had some rain, and even a little bit of rain made it slippery straight away. We need to work on the set-up for tomorrow, but I think we've found the right tyres. I think it's going to be close, once everybody's found better set-ups on the car."

Like everyone else, Raikkonen is well aware of the strain that turn eight can put on the neck: "Of course, after the holiday, it's always a bit more difficult, and the left-handers, we don't have so many, but you get used to it. It looks okay."

In theory, the slow corner that follows turn eight should be a good overtaking spot, but the problem is that the cars can't follow each other very closely through there. Raikkonen, who is under extra stress this weekend after more revelations about his colourful private life made the Finnish and German tabloids, instead identified turn twelve, at the end of the long straight near the end of the lap, as the best passing place.

"I think it's the only one because, in the long left-hander, it's too difficult to follow anyone, so that's maybe the one place where you can overtake," he reasoned.

 

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