It's never easy to tell with Kimi Raikkonen, but he didn't exactly look too bothered when he just failed to get through to Q3 in qualifying at the Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir.

"We had the speed today and we could easily have gone through to the final session with another run," insisted the Lotus driver. "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."

Even though he failed to make it into the top ten by just over a tenth of a second, the former world champion is still hoping that the strategy will be the right one in the long run.

"While it was a gamble that didn't get us through to the final session it will hopefully be a strategy which pays off in the race," he said.

"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," he added.

"There are no points given out on Saturday," he pointed out. "So let's see what happens tomorrow."

His young Lotus team mate Romain Grosjean did make it through to the final round of qualifying, his fourth time out of four Grands Prix in 2012.

"That's always satisfying," he said of his perfect record so far. "I think we can be pleased with how the car is working ... It's a big contrast here to the conditions we saw in China, and I think we can be proud of how well we've adapted to that change as it makes finding the right setup a big challenge.

"If I hadn't made a small mistake on my flying lap we could maybe be even further up the order," he suggested. "Today we were maybe a bit further behind the leaders than we'd like, but our race pace looks good and it's another close grid so tomorrow should be very interesting."

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