Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen said on Friday that the first day of free practice in the Japanese Grand Prix was better than initially expected, despite driving in the first two sessions of the race weekend were "a bit tricky". According to a statement on the website of Scuderia Ferrari, "it was one of those days that seem a bit tricky but in the end go for better. My feeling with the car was not very nice, I suffered a lot with understeer and I was struggling with the balance through the first sector, but the lap time was ok". In free practice 2, Raikkonen managed to clinch third place, only 0.323 seconds behind Nico Rosberg, who set the fastest time just ahead of team mate Lewis Hamilton.
"In the end we got a bit better, but we are not still where we want to be", the 2007 Formula One world champion then said, keeping his feet on the ground. "In the second session I had a small electric issue, likely with a sensor, but we changed it and it was ok", Raikkonen added. "Tomorrow is another day, we'll try to work on small things to try to improve. If we get the car where we want and with a better feeling for sure we can go quite a bit faster", he finally assured.