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Raikkonen downplays practice spin

Friday 11-October-2013 09:54

Kimi Raikkonen says his spin in FP2 in Japan is "not a big drama" as he knows the track pretty well.

The Lotus driver joined the list of casualties at the Suzuka circuit when he spun off at the Dunlop Curve with 30 minutes remaining.

Beaching his car in the gravel, Raikkonen was forced out of the session but still finished fourth on the timesheets.

The Finn's best time of the afternoon, a 1:34.202 on the medium tyres, put him 0.350s off the pace set by Sebastian Vettel.

"The car felt pretty good today," Raikkonen said. "Of course, there are some areas we can improve but I'm quite happy with the progress we made.

"I spun in FP2 so we did miss some of the long run laps we would have got this afternoon.

"I was on a fast run and the wind changed, which can affect the car sometimes. At least we didn't do any damage so the crew won't have any extra work.

"It's not a big drama as we know the track pretty well. We have a few changes for tomorrow so let's see what happens."

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