Kimi Raikkonen is well into his second tenure with Ferrari, and after his two day stint in Bahrain the Finn admits that he does really know how things stand in terms of pecking order.
Raikkonen spoke to the media at the end of the final day in Bahrain, “We will see exactly where we are at the first race. I think that they are not too bad really,” he added. “Obviously there are a lot of things to do still, but I can only look at our own situation – we don’t know what the others are doing and are not really interested in that at present.”
The buzzword in the paddock is reliability as the all new V6 turbo engine and sundries are complicated systems. Predictions that are that merely finishing the race in Melbourne may well be enough to score points.
“The reliability aspect has been okay for us, but speed wise I don’t know where we are, but we will keep doing our work and hopefully find out we are more or less where we should be. I think it is pretty okay right now, but for sure we want to improve things and there is still a long way to go before the seaso,” said the 2007 F1 World Champion.
With five minutes left on the clock, at the very end of the final day in Bahrain, Raikkonen slammed the bariers in Turn 4, damaging the front end of his Ferrari F14T.
But the episode did not faze the Iceman who summed it up in typical fashion, “I spun, hit the wall and that is it.”
“You always want more laps, but we didn’t have any problems and then I damaged the car with the crash. There were a lot of red flags, but we did more or less what we wanted to do. We could do long runs, but the plan was to do something else,” revealed Raikkonen.
Last year Raikkonen missed the final two races of the season to attend to a recurring back injury which he incurred early on in his career. Asked how he felt physically after two days in the car Raikkonen said, “It has been okay since I had the operation and hopefully it stays like that.
“With these things you never know, it has been there for a long time and some days it is good and the next day it might not be. It is one of those things, but it has been much, much better,” he added. (GP247)
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