European GP - Free Practice
K. Raikkonen: 10th 1.43.384 23 11th 1.40.739 39 laps 279 chassis
First session: air 28/30 °C, track 29/39 °C; sunny.
Second session: air 32/33 °C, track 45/48 °C; sunny.
A different Friday to usual for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, as it featured the race debut with the team of Luca Badoer. “My first thoughts today are with Felipe and once again, on behalf of the entire team I want to wish him a speedy recovery,” said Stefano Domenicali. “From today, his seat in car number 3 is occupied by Luca Badoer, who faces a difficult task, but he can count on the support of everyone in the knowledge that Ferrari has every confidence in him. Given his situation – a long time away from racing, an unknown circuit – the first day can be considered a positive experience for Luca. Clearly this weekend is something of a test session for him and that is how it must be judged. At this Grand Prix, it falls to Kimi more than usual to bring home a useful result to defend our third place in the Constructors’ classification which, at this point of the season remains our realistic target.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a positive day. I am happy with the handling of the car and the performance of both types of tyre we have here from Bridgestone. There’s no point in looking at the time sheet, because as usual on a Friday, it doesn’t tell us much. The first session was rather difficult as the track was very dirty and slippery, but in the second one the situation was much better. I think a podium finish is still a realistic target for us, even if a lot will depend on where we qualify.”
Chris Dyer: “A reasonable day, with our two drivers running different programmes. For Luca it was a case of regaining confidence in the car and learning a new track. For him, obviously the more kilometres he completed the more the situation improved and we are confident about the rest of the weekend. Therefore, Kimi worked on his own in terms of race preparation and on evaluating tyre performance. Our performance level seems reasonably good and we feel we can put on a good show in this Grand Prix.”