Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen drove had an absolutely fantastic race at the Sakhir circuit on Sunday securing his first podium of the season and adding to his Bahrain podium tally. The Iceman who started the race from fourth place was into third place right at the start due to the fact that his team mate Sebastian Vettel failed to start race having qualified in third.
Raikkonen drove really well throughout the race showing that he cannot be counted out as a championship challenger this season. The Finn ended the race in second place, 10.282s behind Nico Rosberg and speaking following the race, he commented by saying:
The start was not ideal, but luckily we did not lose too many places in the first lap. After that I tried to recover, and was able to overtake some cars and make the best out of it. We managed to do good pit-stops with the right tire choices and the speed was quite good, too. In the end we were catching up a bit on the Mercedes in front, but I never got close enough to try and pass Nico. Considering what happened in the first lap it’s a pretty ok result, it’s not what we want but we keep working and improving things. We are going in the right direction, but obviously it’s not ideal for the team to have only one car finishing the race. In this sport we always push to the limits and sometimes things can go wrong, this is not what we want but it’s part of racing. We know that the car is pretty good but we have certain things to improve and still some work to be done.
While Raikkonen more than made up for retirement in Australia, team mate Sebastian Vettel who was on the podium in Melbourne failed to start Sunday’s race as he suffered an engine failure on the formation lap.
The four time world champion who had qualified in third place on the grid behind the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg commented by saying:
It was a very short race today, I didn’t even break a drop of sweat… We had a failure, I saw a lot of smoke from behind and I lost power so we decided to stop the car. For sure it is frustrating, because in the end I am here to race. The problem came as a surprise, both for me and the whole team, as I was approaching Turn Eleven. Now we need to understand exactly the problem and learn from it. It is not ideal and we can’t be proud of it. But we had a good preparation over the winter, we are pushing very hard and we know that we can still improve. We still have a lot of races ahead of us, this is going to be a long year so even if today it was not good because I couldn’t score any point, we’ll make sure that the next race goes a lot better… Congratulations to Kimi. It was important that during the race we supported him on both sides of the garage.