Kimi Raikkonen had an encouraging Friday in Suzuka – despite ending Free Practice Two beached in a gravel trap after a high-speed spin at the Dunlop Curve.
Raikkonen, who crashed on Friday in Korea, had already set the time that secured him fourth place in the session, some 0.350s off pacesetter Sebastian Vettel.
“It’s been better, or more my liking here, at least today, than it’s been the last few races,” he said. “Especially in one lap, so that’s a good thing. Obviously, tomorrow is a new day and it might be a completely different story. But not too bad.”