Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he is taking 'too long' to find his form in the race-winning SF70H after labouring to another distant finish relative to team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Raikkonen endured a difficult run to fourth place in Bahrain when a poor start from fifth on the grid left him seventh by the end of the opening lap, before a slow pit-stop forced him to reclaim positions on Massa's Williams and the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.
Finishing 22secs adrift of race winning team-mate Vettel, Raikkonen maintains that 'small things' have prevented him from unlocking the same front-running potential as the German, but he admits he should have come up to speed by now.
“To be honest it [form] has taken way too long! It wasn't possible to get it right straight away and we still haven't, for a lot of reasons. It didn't help that in China we didn't drive in the first day of practice, because when you're going through some issues you want to get track time.
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“I'm pretty happy with the car now and in Saturday on one lap pace, it was just small things. I feel that we are doing the right things and in the race, I felt the car was really good but I made a mess of the first lap, so I put myself in a difficult position. It's not the ideal way to start the race.”
Raikkonen is yet to stand on the podium after a 4-5-4 results tally from the opening three races. The results place him 34 points adrift of Vettel in the overall standings and keeps the gap between Ferrari and Mercedes in the constructors' standings pegged at three points.
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