Raikkonen says he was dissatisfied not to win Bahrain Grand Prix, and he added that Lotus can be up there more often and try to get the win. The Finn finished 3.3seconds behind the race winner Sebastian Vettel, Kimi admits he gets opportunity to pass Vettel but he pick wrong side to go down under braking and then tyres dropped off.
“I’m a bit disappointed not to win,” he told Sky Sports. “We had the speed today and I got one try to pass Sebastian, but I couldn’t use it because I picked the wrong side to go down under braking and then my tyres dropped off. That was it. I pretty much knew that was my only chance and unfortunately we didn’t win, but I’m happy for the team to be second and third, which is very good.”
“It’s very nice for them [the team], but of course I wanted to win and I would have been much happier with myself if I had won. Nevertheless, the team showed what they’ve got and probably we can put ourselves more often in this position. We had the car to be up there in the first three races, but we made small mistakes and that cost us too much.”
Asked directly if he thought he would pick up his 19th career win this season, Raikkonen said: “Today it wasn’t far away. I probably should have made it but I didn’t. As I said, hopefully we will put ourselves in this position to have a chance more often, but we have to work hard and improve certain areas on the car. I’m sure we can be up there more often and try to get the win.
“It was my mistake, I was just looking at something else and didn’t expect the Ferrari to slow down so much in the middle of the corner and I touched it a little bit. But the car was still working well and I haven’t seen the front wing, but I did see something flying off.”
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