Raikkonen: Second in Bahrain ‘pretty OK’ for Ferrari

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Kimi Raikkonen was a man of few words following his charge to second place in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, saying that it was a “pretty OK” result for Ferrari.

Raikkonen recovered from a poor start to run second after the first round of pit stops behind Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, and despite cutting the gap dramatically in the closing stages, he was unable to bridge the gap before the checkered flag.

“The start was not ideal, but luckily we did not lose too many places in the first lap,” Raikkonen said.

“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.”

Raikkonen was the sole Ferrari driver to finish in Bahrain after teammate Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine failure on the formation lap, preventing him from starting the race.