Kimi Raikkonen had an encouraging Friday in Suzuka – despite ending FP2 beached in a gravel trap after a high speed spin at Dunlop Curve.
Raikkonen, who crashed on Friday in Korea, had already set the time that secured him fourth place in the session, some 0.350s off pacesetter Sebastian Vettel.
“It’s been better, or more my liking here, at least today, than it’s been the last few races,” he said. “Especially in one lap, so that’s a good thing. Obviously tomorrow is a new day and it might be a completely different story. But not too bad.
“The harder tyres seem to be quite tricky anyhow, and it didn’t feel so nice, but the lap time wasn’t so bad on the first lap. I think we’ll be OK.”
Regarding his off he said: “I just spun, it happens sometimes. Obviously it was quite windy today, so it didn’t help. It’s been a bit tricky the whole day. I just pushed a bit too much and spun. There’s no damage or anything, so we just didn’t do as many laps as we wanted, so it’s not a big deal. We didn’t do the long runs, but I don’t think it’s going to change a lot.
“Usually we like to get the car as good as we can anyhow for one lap, and when we get there we run it like it is for the race anyhow. I think if we get the car running well tomorrow we should be OK.”
Asked by this writer if he felt he had a good package for the race he said: “We’ll see on Sunday. I’ve no real interest in starting to guess what will happen. We’ll have to try to do the best what we can and see where we end up.
“It’s a tricky circuit, and if the car’s not right, plus the overtaking for sure is more tricky here than some other places… It depends a lot on the weather and wind and all kinds of things.”