• Adam Vella

Smoke and Podiums for Ferrari

Kimi Räikkönen admitted that his poor start ruined any chances to challenge for victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Räikkönen qualified fourth, but effectively started third after team-mate Sebastian Vettel had an engine failure on the formation lap. Kimi then dropped to fifth on the first lap due to his start, he managed to recover within the first quarter of the race back though to third. Then eventually taking the second podium behind Nico Rosberg. "It's obviously not too bad, but I made a bad start and after a few laps we were one straight from Nico," Räikkönen reflected. "It was pretty difficult to recover but we did what we could. "We had pretty good speed, not enough to win the race... second position was the best [result possible] today and we'll try and improve from that." Räikkönen has urged Ferrari to keep working on reliability, after his own retirement in Australia following his team mates early retirement. "We know that it was unfortunate for the team that the other car [Vettel's] had an issue, so there is work to be done.”

Sebastian Vettel is left with a big “what if” after his team mate second place podium.

Ferrari is still investigating the failure which forced him out of the Bahrain Grand Prix on the formation lap and admits the problem came as a complete surprise. Vettel qualified in third position but smoke trailed from his SF16-H at the 11th corner on the formation lap forcing him to pull the car over at one of the recovery points. "It was a very short race today, I didn't even break a drop of sweat," said with a smile. "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 11. "Now we need to understand exactly the problem and learn from it. It is not ideal and we can't be proud of it." Vettel is nonetheless confident that Ferrari can still fight this year and pointed out that there is still plenty of races to go. "We had a good preparation over the winter, we are pushing very hard and we know that we can still improve," he added. "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."

Source: GPUpdate, ESPNF1

Picture: Scuderia Ferrari