• Chinese Grand Prix - FP2

Early problems could be costly - Raikkonen

ESPN Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen's car spent most of the morning in the garage © Getty Images
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Kimi Raikkonen admits a suspension issue in the morning session compromised his running in FP2 and may have left him playing catch up this weekend.

Raikkonen was put on a different run programme to Fernando Alonso in FP2 after the problem had been rectified and could still only manage seventh, on a circuit which should suit Ferrari better than Bahrain as it is less dependent on power and traction. Alonso demonstrated Ferrari could be quick this weekend but Raikkonen admits he had to abandon some of his preparations for Sunday's race.

"It was a difficult day, that began with a technical problem in the morning session, which meant I only did an installation lap," he said. "Once that was sorted out, in the afternoon, we tried to make up for lost time, concentrating mainly on getting the set-up suited to this track, sacrificing some of our race simulation. It's difficult to give an overall assessment and I definitely missed out a bit because of the lack of track time."

Raikkonen admits Saturday evening will be crucial for the team to work on the problems from Friday to put him in the best position possible for the rest of the weekend.

"This evening we will concentrate on analysing the data we have gathered and tomorrow, we will try and make the very most of the final free practice session to get the car as well prepared as possible for qualifying and the race."