Raikkonen expected Algarve layout to be “trickier”

Kimi Raikkonen has said that he expected the layout of the Algarve circuit, which is holding this weekend’s Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix, to be “trickier”.

The Algarve circuit is holding it’s first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend and the teams struggled with a lack of grip throughout Friday practice.

Raikkonen was one of the first drivers to get up to speed with the layout, ending free practice one eighth fastest, before finishing 15th fastest in the disrupted afternoon session.

But, speaking after practice, Raikkonen said that he thought the track would be more difficult than it was and he expects track conditions to improve over the weekend.

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“It was very slippery out there, but once conditions improve this should be a pretty nice track to drive.” commented the Alfa Romeo driver.

“It’s a fun layout, although I honestly expected it to be a bit trickier before the weekend.

“The lack of grip was an issue, but I am sure the others were not that happy either.

“The track will evolve and we will find something to increase the grip – the conditions were already better in FP2, although we ended up losing a lot of time with the red flags.

“We’ll see what steps we can take tonight to be in a good shape for tomorrow.”

Raikkonen’s team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi added that the low grip levels in the morning made the first session harder and that with a disrupted second practice, nobody really knows what the true pecking order is.

“The track was very green and the grip levels very low, which made especially the morning session quite difficult.” said Giovinazzi.

“In the afternoon, the red flag disrupted our programme as they stopped our low-fuel runs, so we didn’t really put a time together: we’ll only see tomorrow what our level really is.”