Kimi Raikkonen says he was unable to find a stable balance and set-up with his Ferrari during Friday practice at Monza as he trailed team-mate Sebastian Vettel and the dominant Mercedes pair.

The Finnish driver, who is hunting his first podium in Italy since 2009, ended the combined Friday free practice times fourth but over four-tenths off of pace-setter Valtteri Bottas over a single lap.

Raikkonen says finding the ideal balance to attack the Monza track with the SF70H was proving a challenge which restrained his charge but accepted it as a relatively normal hurdle to get past on a Friday.

“I just didn’t feel easy to put the car where you wanted it and drive hard,” Raikkonen said. “We have some work to be done for tomorrow and if we get it more like we want it, then it should be better and go a little bit faster.

“I’m sure when we do the normal work and improve the things it will become an easier car to drive and we will be able to improve quite a bit. Where it’s going to take us tomorrow, I don’t know.”

 

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