Kimi Raikkonen remains philosophical about a potential challenge to Mercedes in the Bahrain Grand Prix, playing down his pace by saying he is 'struggling in a few places'.

Raikkonen was quickest in the hot temperatures of FP1 as Mercedes focused on long runs, but would slip half a second adrift of Nico Rosberg in the more ambient conditions of FP2 as the Mercedes' demonstrated its superior single lap pace.

Even so, with Rosberg saying he is 'worried' by Ferrari's stronger form in race trim, Raikkonen insists his day wasn't necessarily as good as it looked.

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"It is still not as good as I hoped and we still have to improve the handling," he explained. "It was a bit tricky this evening with the set-up - it is a bit tricky in two places and we have to see what we can do about that. There is not many corners and when you have a little bit of difficulties in one place it can cost you lap time, but hopefully we have found something. Let's wait and see."

Having been out-performed by team-mate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying so far this year, Raikkonen admits it is an area he will hope to improve upon tomorrow.

"It makes it a much easier race," he said. "We try to work this evening and make the car handling a little bit better and hopefully then we can do a good job tomorrow."

Meanwhile, Raikkonen has incurred the wrath of the stewards after being reprimanded for 'driving in a manner deemed dangerous in the pit lane'.