Kimi Raikkonen’s tough start to the 2017 Formula 1 season continued in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday after an engine issue left him to walk back to the pits on foot midway through FP1.
Raikkonen arrived in Bahrain looking to bounce back from two disappointing races to start the new season, finishing fourth in Australia and fifth in China, far behind teammate Sebastian Vettel on both occasions.
Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has called for talks with Raikkonen to discuss his form, but the Finn hoped to strike back in Bahrain, a race he likes, having scored eight podium finishes in the past.
However, Raikkonen’s hopes of dialing in nice and early in FP1 were dashed after an overheating issue with the turbocharger on his power unit caused him to grind to a halt.
Raikkonen was able to park his car up in a safe place, ensuring the session could continue, but was left to walk back to the pits.
Despite being offered a bicycle by one of the marshals and a ride in a golf buggy, Raikkonen preferred to walk back – still wearing his helmet and firesuit in temperatures nudging 100ºF – through the sandy infield of the Bahrain International Circuit.
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