SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 06: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari in the Paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 6, 2017 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

When the ten Formula One teams arrived at the Shanghai International Circuit today they were greeted by very changeable weather conditions with rain pouring from the skies as they attempted to go about their Thursday activities, and the forecast for the rest of the weekend includes a bit of everything including more rain on race day.

The rain will present a new challenge for everyone, including Scuderia Ferrari, but Kimi Raikkonen seems totally unfazed by the wet conditions and is focusing on working hard to keep their advantage over their rivals at Mercedes.

“This circuit is completely different from the one in Melbourne, more of a ‘normal’ track”, says Kimi. “It’s way too early to know how things will go, we haven’t run a single lap yet and the conditions may change very quickly. At the last race in Melbourne the car was feeling good when we were running."

"he team was very happy for Seb’s win , it was a great result also for all those working at home. We have a good team, but we have only done one race, the season is long, and the tracks are all different. We have to keep doing a good job , improve things and minimize mistakes”.

This track is interesting and demanding, running clockwise, with a very long 1.170 kilometre-long straight and corners that give the tyres a hard time, especially the front left. For this event, Pirelli is providing the Medium, Soft and Supersoft compounds.

Shanghai also kicks off the first “back-to-back” of the 2017 season and once the race is over, it will already be time to prepare for the next round at Sakhir in Bahrain, the following weekend.