Ferrari on Friday practice for the Austrian GP: Rain makes life difficult

Vettel fourth and Kimi eighth at the flag

Ferrari on Friday practice for the Austrian GP: Rain makes life difficult
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H spins off the circuit in the second practice session
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H spins off the circuit in the second practice session

A sudden change in the weather affected the second free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix. It started in sunshine, but after just ten minutes a torrential downpour hit the track, forcing everyone to wait it out in the pits for around half and hour, before heading back out again on Intermediate tyres. Before the rain, both Ferraris had completed a run on the Supersofts.

In the final stages, on the Ultrasoft, Kimi Raikkonen set the eighth fastest time in 1.08.820, while Sebastian Vettel, on a long run, ended up with a best lap of 1.08.589, set on Supersofts, but only managed four laps on his final run, when he spun into the gravel at turn 2. Yet again, the fastest times were set by the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg (1.07.967) and Lewis Hamilton (1.07.986.).

Kimi Raikkonen

"It was quite a messy day, but overall I had good feelings. In the morning we managed to have a few runs while in the afternoon, because of the weather conditions, we did not get to do many laps and never really got a proper qualifying simulation done. The day could have been a lot better, the situation now it's a bit unknown, but it's not too bad either. There is no point now in starting to guess where we are, we still have tomorrow morning to know, and I'm sure it will be ok."

Sebastian Vettel

"It was a decent day. It is not entirely clear where we stand, as we didn't have a lot of running due to the weather, in particular in the afternoon, but in general the car feels good. When I span at the end of the second session, I had an issue with brake distribution. It caught me by surprise, but it didn't matter too much, as I only lost a couple of minutes, and in the end it didn't make a lot of a difference. My plans for tomorrow? For sure I will watch the soccer match with the Team. Italy is playing stronger than expected, Germany is quite strong as well, so it should be a good match."

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