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European GP - Free practice

22nd August 2008
Free practice - First session K. Raikkonen: 7° 1.41.317 27 laps chassis 270 Weather: air 27/29 °C, track 30/31 °C, clear skies. Free Practice - Second session K. Raikkonen: 1° 1.39.477 30 laps chassis 270 Weather: air 30/35 °C, track 41/42 °C, cloudy, then sunny. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro already has two Grands Prix under its belt at the new Valencia street circuit, as both drivers actually completed at least 57 laps, equivalent to Sunday's race distance. Felipe in fact did a few kilometres more, completing 58 laps. The day's work centred on checking the set-up on the F2008 that had been established when preparing for this race, on developing the cars and on the comparison between the two types of tyre that Bridgestone has brought to this Grand Prix. There were no technical problems throughout the three hours of free practice. "It was a good day," commented the Team Principal of the Gestione Sportiva, Stefano Domenicali. "We worked well and acquired a lot of data from this track which, over the next few hours, will be used to prepare ourselves as well as possible for this weekend. From what we could see, given the usual unknowns on a Friday, we can say we are competitive. Whether we will be competitive enough to reach our target will only be revealed starting with tomorrow afternoon's qualifying." Kimi Raikkonen: "I like driving this track: it is different to other street circuits we have known. Yesterday, when I walked the track, I thought it would be fun and today confirmed that impression. There are some very quick parts and almost everywhere there's a lot of room, maybe similar to some of the North American circuits used in the past. They have really done a good job. Today, our weekend got off to a good start, but obviously it is far too early to say where we are compared to the opposition. Overtaking? It will be difficult, as always: I hope I don't need to by getting the best position in qualifying. The set-up we have found today is not bad, but there is still plenty of room for improvement." Luca Baldisserri: "Overall, a good start to this Valencia weekend. It was important to get off on the right foot and we did. We had prepared a baseline set-up for the F2008 and it seems to be about right, which meant that right from this morning we could work on improving it. Both drivers are reasonably happy with the handling of the car. Now we have to analyse all the data we have gathered to work out how to move forward in terms of getting the best performance. Today the track has been very dirty, which was in fact predictable, however, the two types of Bridgestone tyre did not show up any great difference in their performance."