Raikkonen: Victory challenge scuppered by start

By on Sunday, April 3, 2016

Ferrari Media

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was left to rue a slow start, which scuppered his prospects of challenging for victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Raikkonen qualified in fourth position, though was effectively third on the grid after team-mate Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine failure on the formation lap.

Raikkonen, however, dropped to fifth on the first lap of the race and was 10 seconds behind leader Nico Rosberg by the time he recovered to second place, a position he held until the finish.

"[It's] obviously not too bad but I made a bad start and after a few laps we were one straight from Nico and it was pretty difficult to recover from there but we did what we could," he said.

"We had pretty good speed, not enough to win, but second was the best today and we’ll try and improve from that

"Still we know it was unfortunate for the team the other car having issue and there is work to be done."

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