Australian Grand Prix

Albert Park Circuit
18 March

Free Practice
RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
First Session P17 1:40.754 10 laps P21 8 laps
Weather: air 17 °C, asphalt 18/21 °C. Rain
Second Session P3 1:39.486 7 laps P8 1:40.761 7 laps
Weather: air 17/18 °C, asphalt 18/19 °C. Rain
Kimi Raikkonen
Today the weather conditions made it very tricky for everybody and unfortunately we couldn’t do many laps. It was a pity not to have been able to run in proper conditions, for all the spectators and for all of us, but we cannot change the weather. The car is the same we had in testing, but it was the first time with wet tires and it seems to be ok. Let’s see what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, hopefully we can get some dry running, get the car correct and go from there. Tomorrow for the first time we’ll try the new qualifying format, it will be different so we have to see how it pans out. Obviously it’s the first time and it may be a bit of a hustle for some people, hopefully we get it right.

Sebastian Vettel

The sun came out after practice, but earlier on it was raining every now and then which was enough to wet the track or parts of it. For sure these conditions are not ideal, but in the end what can we do? It is the same for everyone. Still, I don’t think that the day was completely lost: it was good to get at least some laps and to feel the car, but in terms of preparation for the weekend and the race there was not too much to learn.