Ferrari expects a much stronger race on Spanish Grand Prix, closing the gap with Mercedes

Ferrari expects a much stronger race on Spanish Grand Prix, closing the gap with Mercedes

Ferrari entered the new F1 season with one goal in mind– to mount a serious challenge to F1 reigning champion Mercedes and start winning races in 2016 season, starting with Spanish Grand Prix.

Ferrari believe that there is more to come from the team after showing promising pace in practice for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is highly confident that the team has yet displayed its full potential in the race and that it can still “shed more fats” as it looks to close the gap  with race leader Mercedes F1.

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The Finnish driver has finished second in the afternoon practice of the Spanish Grand Prix, just behind championship leader Nico Rosberg of Mercedes F1. Raikkonen has set a time of 1m 24.176s just seconds away from leader Nico Rosberg, despite a precautionary period in the pits due to some fuel system problem.

Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastain Vettel has also made a strong race in the practice, topping the morning session before dropping down to fourth in the afternoon practice, but the German’s FP1 time was just 0.029s off the benchmark set by Mercedes’ top gunner Nico Rosberg in FP2.

Vettel later admitted that the second session of the practice has been harder for him, but he remains quite confident that his team will be stronger tomorrow for the actual race.

“I think this afternoon was a bit more tricky,” Vettel said in a statement, via the Motorsport. “Not as good as the morning, but I think still we can work on the car, improve overnight, we are strong at doing that.

“Even if today was not the perfect day, I think it should be okay.

“The first impression of the pace today was good, but we can confirm it tomorrow: but it depends on what other people were doing today. I believe we can make a step and have a stronger Ferrari.

“Obviously, we need to confirm not just today, we need to confirm especially tomorrow and Sunday.”

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