Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen heads into this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit having suffered a retirement in the opening race of the season two weeks in Australia.
Despite the DNF Raikkonen showed great pace and was on course for a possible podium finish before retiring. In Bahrain, the Iceman has kept his cool in the desert scoring three podium finishes in his last four starts at the Sakhir circuit and he will be hoping to be in a position to challenge for another podium this season.
Before this weekend’s race, Raikkonen spoke about the circuit in Bahrain saying:
I enjoy Bahrain, obviously it’s good itself, not the most difficult corners but still hard to make a good lap there and obviously conditions can change a lot because of the wind, it’s hot at midday and cold enough in the evening, but it’s a good place. Maybe I could have won last year, but it’s pointless to start guessing things, we were second and that’s it. It was not too bad, but I guess it could have been better.
The circuit has many hard braking zones and when asked about this Raikkonen commented by saying:
In an ideal word when all works it’s fine although obviously sometimes you can have issues, but we have a good system so far- This circuit is quite hard for practice, so some cars might run into problems with their brakes, but it really depends how much you are willing to push on the brake cooling if you have issues or not.