Raikkonen: Ferrari must apply knowledge

By on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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Kimi Raikkonen says that Ferrari must apply what they have learned across the opening two races of 2014 into practice at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Raikkonen struggled in the season-opening race in Australia on his way to seventh but showed better pace across the weekend in Malaysia.

The Finn's race was ultimately compromised by an early collision with Kevin Magnussen, from which Raikkonen could only recover to 12th place in his damaged F14T.

"After testing in Bahrain in the winter, we now go back there with much more experience and knowledge after the first two races," he said.

"We must put that learning to good use for this race. There is a lot to do, but everyone in the team is pushing hard to sort things out as quickly as we can."

Raikkonen reckons that fuel consumption will become a bigger issue across this weekend's race in Bahrain.

"Obviously, every circuit can be different in terms of its effect on fuel use and tyres: looking at Bahrain, fuel saving will play a more important role than in the last two races, but it might not turn out to be too bad, as it was less of an issue than we had expected in Melbourne," he said.

"Also on the tyre front, I think Sakhir could be a bit easier to deal with than Sepang and also if we can get the car perfectly right, it will make life much easier.

Raikkonen believes that he made good progress in Malaysia and it was masked by his collision with Magnussen.

"In Malaysia, you couldn’t see it because of what happened on the first lap, but I felt I made a step forward in terms of understanding the tools I have to work with, so I think we can be better prepared this weekend. That should give us faster lap times and better positions," he concluded.


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