Kimi Raikkonen feels he had more pace to find from his Ferrari in the second free practice session before it was cut short by the red flag stoppage for Romain Grosjean’s crash on a broke drain cover.

The Finnish driver has described his Friday at the Sepang International Circuit as ‘smooth’ despite losing a set of fresh super-soft tyres after locking up during a qualifying simulation but was still able to end FP2 second fastest behind Sebastian Vettel by 0.604s.

Raikkonen felt with a second opportunity for a time attack over a single lap he could have found more time from his SF70H but was content with his showing before the second session was cut short by 15 minutes when Grosjean crashed after hitting a loose drain cover.

“Today’s been ok and everything ran smoothly,” Raikkonen said. “In the morning we had wet conditions and only managed a few laps, and in the afternoon the session was cut short because of the issue with the track. It’s a pity that we couldn’t use the whole session and do more timed laps, because for sure we could have further improved.

“But the car was feeling good: I made some mistakes on a new set of tires but apart from that it was a pretty straightforward day. Lap times don’t mean much today, as obviously we don’t know what everybody else was doing.”



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