Kimi Raikkonen pronounced himself pleased with his and Ferrari's work in practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, although he admits he went the wrong way on set-up in the second session of the day.

Raikkonen scored first blood in opening practice to be more than three tenths faster than team-mate Felipe Massa, although a mistake with set-up that placed him fifth in the second session signalled a small set-back for the Finn.

Nonetheless, Raikkonen is confident he will be able to go back to what he knows ahead of qualifying and although he expects it to be a close fight over the course of the weekend, he is enjoying the circuit.

"A good morning followed by a slightly more complicated afternoon. It is quite difficult to find the best set-up on this track, especially for the final sector. This is a demanding track but at the same time it's enjoyable to drive.

"The car was well balanced; in the second session we tried a change to the set-up which did not produce the expected results and so we went back to the previous one. We have to study the data to find the best settings. Obviously, it is very early to say where we are compared to our main rivals. But in any case, I think it will be a very close fight."

Massa too was finding it tricky to establish an ideal set-up, the Brazilian attempting to balance the high-speed nature of the Fuji circuit and the trickier infield sections.

"On this interesting track, it is not easy to find the right balance between the slower section and long main straight. This morning we were quick and the afternoon, our work was aimed more at the race.

"We improved the set-up during the day but there is still much to do. However, the first impressions are positive and I think we can be competitive."

 

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