Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

was fourth quickest on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari made a solid start to the weekend as Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest in second practice, while teammate was ninth.

Like the other teams Ferrari had to adjust to running without its FRIC system.

“Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the soft tires,” said Raikkonen. ”But thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track.

In the afternoon, we made up for lost time and managed to improve on all fronts. Overall, it’s been a reasonably positive day, but it’s still too early to make any predictions. We will have to wait until tomorrow to know more.”

“We concentrated on setup to try and adapt to the temperatures, which are going to be extremely high all weekend,” said Alonso. “I had no problems with either the soft or supersoft compounds and we just need to understand how they will behave in the race and what the weather could be like on Sunday. I don’t think going away with FRIC changed much in terms of driving style and in order to have a clear picture you’d have to do a comparison with and without it, but running without it, we just have to adapt and be as well prepared as possible with what we have.”

Engineering director Pat Fry said: “This was a very busy day of testing, affected by the particularly high temperatures and the new element of FRIC being banned. The absence of this system did not change our program, only requiring a bit of time for our drivers to adapt. Fernando had a trouble free morning, while on Kimi’s car there was a problem with the water pump, which cost him a run.”

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