Thursday in Bahrain


Kimi Raikkonen started talking about the Shanghai race on his Thursday press meeting, that took place at the Sakhir circuit. “In the last race in China we did our maximum. It was the first race with no problems, but obvioulsly we want more and we’ll keep working to improve in every single area.The team is working very well, it’s a solid group of people that go in the same direction.

“Every track is different, but the behavior of the car has been good in every place we’ve been and I don’t see reason why it shouldn’t be the same here. From tomorrow, we’ll go through our programme and we’ll see. Now it’s too early to make prediction about the weekend. Every year on the same track it’s slightly different and every car behaves in a different way.”

“The Bahrain track is nice, the layout allows you to overtake and this can make a big difference in the race. The second practice is much later than the first one and that’s when you can understand the situation a bit more. We have to do our best to have a clear weekend. We still have a lot of work to do if we want to do always better and fight for wins.”

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Kimi: current Ferrari atmosphere the best I’ve ever had

From – Kimi: “I must say, in the past when I was here at Ferrari they were good times and it was a good atmosphere. But this year is the best that I have had in any team; how the team works together, how people work together, how the atmosphere is and how things are being run. That tells you a lot. I’m very happy.”

Raikkonen indicated last summer that he would probably retire from F1 after his current contract expires at the end of this year. Asked if his improved form this year and his happiness with the current Ferrari regime might make him stay longer, Raikkonen said that choice was not up to him.

“The team has to decide that. You will have to talk to them. Time will tell what will happen. I’m happy with how things are running.”

Raikkonen’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel reckons the Finn would have plenty of alternatives if he wanted to change teams.

“I think he’s doing a very, very good job,” said Vettel of Raikkonen. “He was in the past. Probably last year it wasn’t noticed so much, but inside the team it definitely was. I don’t know the details of his contract. I think it’s in his hands if he wants to carry on in Formula 1. There would be plenty of interest in a fast driver like him, with the experience that he has, if he wants to carry on in Formula 1. If he doesn’t want to then he will quit.”


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