Kimi’s Column: Post – Bahrain GP

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"Something still missing.


The hottest races of this season are behind us. It feels great to be back at home, but I would not mind going testing right away, there is work to be done, I know.

We are in a good shape with the points. But it could have been better, also. We have not been able to get the car exactly the way we would have liked it to be. We just have to work hard and it should help. But now we have to wait until the next test session to be able to see, how it goes with all the new components in the car.

For a while, it is good to take it easy. There is now two weeks’ break. I have not been planning anything special to do. Just normal routine in training and just being at home. Right now I am not thinking of the next race. It is just a long season and now there is time enough to prepare ourselves better.

The Bahrain weekend was again a tough one. While the car was as such as I would not like it to be, we were not able to do everything in a way we have used to do it. The qualifying is our problem, I cannot deny that. In the race speed wise there is nothing wrong. We could challenge anyone, its as simple as that. But if we are not able to catch them straight away, it is goodbye for chasing the victory.

At the start we lost one place. Then we were not quick enough to challenge properly. While you are stuck behind someone, you are not the challenger anymore. In Sahkir, we were stuck behind Alonso. We could not overtake him in any other way than with the pitstops. You cannot ever be too confident with what happens in the pits. But we had a good timing, a good decision in that point and the team did an excellent job as the boys from Ferrari only can.

But the leaders were somewhere in the horizon and there was nothing that could be done anymore. We just took the car safely back home. There was no reason to try to attack, while we have to use this engine also for the next race in Barcelona.

22 points from 3 races is a good catch, although I always wish we could have all the berries in our basket. For sure, we could go faster, while we get the car as we want it to be. Hopefully the next test is successful with the new parts in the car. I feel confident that we will finally have the right set-up we have been looking for.

It feels nice to race in Europe again. It is not a long way to any place.

Unfortunatly, I cannot promise that it will be a new ballgame starting in Barcelona. We have to wait and see what happens with the new car. It is certain that the race will be tight and tough. We are all so close to each other that no one can escape anywhere.

While two teams have two similar cars, and all four drivers are at the same level, probably there will be a rush-hour again in the front. We will get new parts, but so will the others also. That means there is no reason not to expect any big difference between the cars.

For the fans, this must be very very exciting. Now we need all the cheering and support as much as ever. Let it burn!"


Right on Kimi, you keep flying baby. Best of luck in the tests. You have our full support and faith! – Evenstar Saima

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