SPAIN GP: Kimi and Massa about friday practice - FORMULA 1


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Friday, May 8, 2009

SPAIN GP: Kimi and Massa about friday practice

Kimi Raikkonen:
"We have definitely made a step forward in performance terms on the car: you can feel a greater level of aerodynamic downforce and that's what we needed. Sure, it's Friday and it's always difficult to draw conclusions, but the feeling is that we have closed the gap to the top cars. Here, just as at the last race, the harder tyre is a bit difficult, while on the softer one, we're reasonably good. Tomorrow morning, we'll work on qualifying, given that today we concentrated on race preparation. All in all, I am happy with how things went today."

Finn posted the 10th fastest time, and his team-mate Felipe Massa wound up 15th quickest. Brazilian is also happy with the progress made by his team. Massa, however, said it was too early to tell how close to the top Ferrari will be.

"We have done a good job over the past weeks and the car has improved, but of course, the others haven't been standing around with their hands in their pockets. As from tomorrow, we will see if we have managed to move up the order, because today's classification is difficult to interpret and I reckon it doesn't represent the true pecking order. We worked towards Sunday's race. On my final run I had traffic and that cost me a bit of time, but what matters is the performance tomorrow. I will do my best to get through to the final part of qualifying and then aim for a good grid position."