Kimi Raikkonen finished inside the top five in both free practice sessions in Bahrain and felt it had been an ‘OK’ day on track on Friday, and hopes the team can have a strong weekend.
The Scuderia Ferrari driver was the best of the rest behind the dominant Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in opening practice, and then finished fifth in the second practice session under the lights around the Sakhir International Circuit.
The only disappointment Raikkonen had was traffic during his fastest Supersoft tyre run, and despite being off the pace of Mercedes, insists that tomorrow is another day and hopes for a strong weekend in the desert.
“It was a normal and pretty OK day, everything worked out fine and we did more or less what had been planned,” said Raikkonen. “We ran quite a few laps and it wasn’t too bad, I only had some traffic in my lap with the Supersoft tires, but apart from that it was OK.
“I was not really looking at what the others were doing, we ran through our own programme. Obviously, the lap times are one thing you notice, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow. Now we have to go through the data and see how the day was.
“We always try to do our best, I still don’t know where it is going to end, we have to wait until Sunday to know that. Hopefully we have a good and solid day tomorrow and then we’ll go from there.”