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Raikkonen: The Ferrari power-unit is in a better position

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Kimi Raikkonen believes that Ferrari have “made progress” with their power-unit over the off-season.

The Finn, who drives for Ferrari customer team Alfa Romeo, has been running with the upgraded Ferrari engine during pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Alfa Romeo endured a difficult 2020 Formula 1 season, with their under-powered Ferrari engine a contributing factor, but the early signs in Bahrain have been positive.

Raikkonen is in the car for the final session of testing on Sunday afternoon, where he will get a final chance to drive the C41 before the opening race weekend of the season in two week’s time.

“I am sure they’ve made progress, and it’s better,” he said on Saturday evening. “But then you would expect that the other manufacturers have also improved.

“But yeah, comparing what we had last year, it is in a better position.

“We’ll have to wait to see where it is once the racing stars, but it’s definitely helpful for us.”

Guenther Steiner, the team principal at fellow Ferrari customer outfit Haas, was guarded in his assessment of the new power-unit, claiming that the “percentage increases” have not been huge.

“It looks like it, but I don’t have numbers given from Ferrari, and these guys have never driven the old unit or they drove it last year,” he added.

“The percentage increases, they are not this big, so I think it’s difficult to judge. I trust Ferrari, what they tell me, that it has improved. That is worth more than any testing.”

(Additional Reporting: Agnes Carlier).