Vital F1 | Bah GP - Race weekend recap - Raikkonen
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Bah GP - Race weekend recap - Raikkonen

In Bahrain 'The Ice Man' returned to a Formula One podium for the first time since September 13 2009 in Italy.

The Finn got the most out of his Lotus to finish second behind the Red Bull of Vettel and even at one stage threatened to take the race to the current back-to-back Formula One Champion.

It was a super drive from Raikkonen who since his return to Formula One after a couple of seasons away, is really showing the form that brought him his one and only F1 title.

On Friday, the Lotus team concentrated on car set up and as mentioned in team-mate's Romain Grosjean race recap, the team never showed the pace to really indicate how strong they would be this weekend.

Despite having what looked a strong car, Kimi Raikkonen failed to get through to the final stage of qualifying, but the 2007 Formula One World Champion was satisfied with his performance as he had saved a set of extra tyres for the race.

ďWe had the speed today and we could easily have gone through to the final session with another run, but we thought it was worth taking the risk to only do one lap in Q2 and save fresh sets of tyres for the race. Managing the tyres will be a priority tomorrow, so while it was a gamble that didnít get us through to the final session it will hopefully be a strategy which pays off in the race. We knew it was going to be close and of course we always want to be as high up the grid as possible, but there were two options and we went for the one which we believe will deliver the best result on Sunday. There are no points given out on Saturday, so letís see what happens tomorrow.Ē Raikkonen told formula1.com after qualifying.

It proved to be a good strategy and one that would almost put him in contention for his first win since August 30 2009 in Belgium.

Starting from 11th, Kimi would enjoy a good start to take 7th during the opening lap, but fell back down to 8th when the Ferrari of Felipe Massa made a move down the inside of Raikkonen. The two duelled through turns one and two, with the Ferrari eventually taking the position.

Two laps later and Kimi would re-take the position from Massa and with the aid of DRS being activated, the Finn would begin his assault on the cars in front of him.

His next move would come around the outside of turn four, taking sixth from Jenson Button, before a lap later taking fifth place from Alonso.

Following the first round of pit stops, Kimi was up to third and looking strong, benefiting from a new set of soft tyres while everyone else was using the harder compound tyre.

This meant that Raikkonen quickly closed the gap to his team-mate, but Lotus refused to make the call to switch their drivers which would have given Kimi a better a run at Vettel. Eventually he did get passed his team-mate, with the move coming on lap 24, but the opportunity appeared to have passed.

Over the next 10 laps Kimi would hunt down Vettel, closing the gap on every lap, but with both drivers making their final pit stops on lap 39, Vettel held a 3 second lead and Raikkonen was unable to close the gap.

If Lotus had switched drivers earlier, or had attempted an undercut on the pit-stops, who knows what Kimi could have done?

Following the race he said: ďItís a great result for the team and we deserve it as everyone has been working very hard. To be honest, Iím slightly disappointed we didnít take the win because we had the pace. I only had one chance to overtake Sebastian and unfortunately I chose the wrong side to try and get past. If I hadnít made a small mistake at the start and allowed Felipe to get through then maybe it would have been a different story, as we spent quite a lot of time fighting with him. At the end of the day, itís good to have both cars on the podium, especially after last race which didnít go to plan, but I honestly think we could have taken the victory today.Ē










Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 23 2012

Time: 1:00PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Renault still looking to change the rules (Thursday February 15 2018)

London double-decker bus could sit on Halo (Wednesday February 14 2018)

Could Hamilton return to McLaren? (Tuesday February 13 2018)

Massa gave no guidance to Stroll (Tuesday February 13 2018)

Wehrlein returns to DTM (Monday February 12 2018)

Grid Girls to be replaced by Grid Kids (Monday February 12 2018)

Former champ calls for 26 car grids (Friday February 9 2018)

Alonso to compete at Le Mans (Tuesday February 6 2018)

Force India & Sauber withdraw EU complaint (Wednesday January 31 2018)

F1 set to jump on Verstappen bandwagon (Tuesday January 30 2018)

Lauda takes dig at Red Bull (Friday January 26 2018)

Cosworth keen on F1 return (Thursday January 25 2018)

Former champs back Hamilton (Wednesday January 24 2018)

All you need to know for F1 in 2018 (Tuesday January 23 2018)

Full Formula One line-up for 2018 set (Monday January 22 2018)

Could Red Bull be favourites for 2018? (Wednesday January 17 2018)

Force India sign F2 race winner (Friday January 12 2018)

Massa backing Williams in 2018 (Thursday January 11 2018)

F1 regulations unreasonable says Honda (Wednesday January 10 2018)

Pirelli receive Red Bull backing (Tuesday January 9 2018)

Aston Martin in demand (Monday January 8 2018)

Haas positive 2018 car will be better (Thursday January 4 2018)

Wehrlein set to bid goodbye to F1 (Wednesday January 3 2018)

Hamilton critical of French GP return (Tuesday January 2 2018)

Liberty get backing from Horner (Saturday December 30 2017)

F1 attendance figures on the rise (Wednesday December 27 2017)

Tost concentraing in Honda positives (Wednesday December 27 2017)

Merry Christmas from VitalF1 (Monday December 25 2017)

Todt to enjoy 12 years as FIA president (Sunday December 24 2017)

What's in a number? (Wednesday December 20 2017)

Grid penalty change for 2018 (Tuesday December 19 2017)

Hamilton and Vettel clash (Monday December 18 2017)

Ocon eyes Mercedes seat for 2019 (Friday December 15 2017)

Alonso targets race wins in 2018 (Thursday December 14 2017)

Hamilton and Alonso praise Pirelli (Monday December 11 2017)

All female racing series to support F1? (Wednesday December 6 2017)

Alfa Romeo name returns to F1 (Monday December 4 2017)

Hamilton poor form down to partying (Thursday November 30 2017)

More change in F1, but this one is positive (Wednesday November 29 2017)

Liberty Media alienating F1 fans? (Tuesday November 28 2017)

Blog: Abu Dhabi GP Report (Monday November 27 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - Race (Sunday November 26 2017)

Blog: Abu Dhabi Qualifying (Saturday November 25 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 25 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - FP3 (Saturday November 25 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - FP2 (Friday November 24 2017)

2017 Abu Dhabi GP - FP1 (Friday November 24 2017)

Expanded calendar for Formula 2 and GP3 (Friday November 24 2017)

Formula One going soft (Thursday November 23 2017)

Blog: Abu Dhabi Preview (Thursday November 23 2017)

Force India name change hits the buffers (Wednesday November 22 2017)

Who will win in Abu Dhabi? (Monday November 20 2017)

Blog: Brazilian GP Report (Tuesday November 14 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - Race (Monday November 13 2017)

Blog: Interlagos Qualifying (Sunday November 12 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 11 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - FP3 (Saturday November 11 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - FP2 (Friday November 10 2017)

2017 Brazil GP - FP1 (Friday November 10 2017)

Blog: Interlagos Preview (Thursday November 9 2017)

Massa announces second retirement (Wednesday November 8 2017)

Hamilton only has eyes for Formula One (Tuesday November 7 2017)

Who will win in Brazil? (Monday November 6 2017)

Hamilton stamping his name into history (Thursday November 2 2017)

Lauda confused by aggressive Vettel (Thursday November 2 2017)

Alonso set for Daytona (Tuesday October 31 2017)

Blog: Mexican GP Report (Monday October 30 2017)

2017 Mexico GP - Race (Sunday October 29 2017)

LEWIS HAMILTON 4-TIME WORLD CHAMPION (Sunday October 29 2017)

Blog: Mexico City Qualifying (Sunday October 29 2017)

2017 Mexico GP - Qualifying (Saturday October 28 2017)

2017 Mexico GP - FP3 (Saturday October 28 2017)

2017 Mexico GP - FP2 (Saturday October 28 2017)

2017 Mexico GP - FP1 (Saturday October 28 2017)

Ricciardo to join Mercedes? (Thursday October 26 2017)

Blog: Mexico City Preview (Thursday October 26 2017)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DJ 1187
2. Red5 1129
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 601
6. Druss_the_Legend 596
7. Push The Button 513
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 221
10. VanGisbergen2013 182

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which team will produce the 2018 Champion?
Mercedes 40%
Ferrari 26%
Red Bull 24%
McLaren 10%
Renault 0%
Someone else 0%