• Malaysian Grand Prix - FP2

I could have gone faster - Raikkonen

ESPN Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen says the Lotus tyre performance is unknown due to a lack of long runs on Friday © Getty Images

Kimi Raikkonen says he could have gone faster in after setting the quickest time of Friday practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

After ending the morning session within 0.1s of Mark Webber, Raikkonen set the quickest time of FP2 as he edged out Sebastian Vettel by 0.019s. Asked if he thought he would be more competitive against the Red Bulls in qualifying Raikkonen was his usual non-committal self but said there was more performance in the car on Friday.

"I don't know. The car feels as good as it was the last race and we didn't really have any issues," Raikkonen said. "The qualifying wasn't normal there so it's very hard to say where we'll come really if we qualified in normal conditions and we don't know what will happen tomorrow. It was OK today and for sure we could have gone faster so I think it's reasonable."

Raikkonen also said he was unsure if the E21 would be as easy on its tyres in Malaysia as it was last weekend having not completed a high-fuel run on Friday.

"It's the same like we had in the last race. We had a small issue with the KERS battery in the morning but apart from that it's OK. We couldn't do a long run but it's the same for everybody because it rained ... I think everybody missed the long runs."