Kimi Raikkonen admits he was "very disappointed" to finish tenth in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Having struggled with the front end of his Ferrari so far this season, Raikkonen appeared to make progress on Saturday and started the race from fifth place on the grid. However, he lost out badly in to Turn 1 and never recovered, admitting after the race that the bad start had proven costly to his hopes of more substantial points.

"I am very disappointed with today's result, because after how qualifying went, I expected to do better," Raikkonen said. "I didn't get a good start and immediately lost some places. On the first lap, I was hit by [Kevin] Magnussen, luckily without it doing any damage, but trying to move up the order at this point was very difficult, because the lack of aero downforce and speed on the straight meant overtaking was complicated."

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Although disappointed with the result, Raikkonen said he could see clearly positives from the race weekend.

"We knew this track was less suited to the characteristics of our car than the first two and that the Mercedes would be very quick. Overall, the handling of our car has generally improved compared to the first races and this makes me confident for the upcoming ones.

"We can expect a lot of work to do and we will make the most of the test days to try and improve already in time for the next race in China."