March 28, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Raikkonen finished both practice sessions second fastest and said he was happy with the Ferrari’s progress since the season opener in Australia.
“This was definitely a positive day and I had a better feeling compared to Friday in Melbourne.” he said.
Though he had a strong day at the Sepang International Circuit, he said the team still had a lot of work to do.
“I was more comfortable with the F14 T today and even if we had no problems whatsoever, we know there’s still a long way to go and a lot to do.”
“Now we will spend the evening carefully analysing all the data we gathered over the day, to try and work out how to improve.”
Teammate Fernando Alonso didn’t match Raikkonen’s performance and finished practice one 11th and practice two fifth.
“We are on a learning curve, which is not unusual for the start of a championship” he said.
The Spaniard managed 43 laps throughout the day which allowed him and the team to get a good understanding of how the tyres will perform in the Malaysian heat.
“we managed to do a fair number of laps, enough to get a good understanding of the tyres, which will be a very important factor here because of the high temperatures.
‘The Hard compound seems to stand up better over a long run, but it’s still too early to talk about qualifying and race strategy.”