Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari's target is to win the title in 2014 despite the ominous form of Mercedes-powered cars.

The four Mercedes teams completed a total of 431 laps between them on the opening day of the final test in Bahrain, while Ferrari, Sauber and Marussia managed just 187. With Mercedes engines also filling three of the top four places on the timesheets the power unit has proven to be both quick and reliable but Raikkonen said Ferrari's targets have not changed.

"We try to win, that is pretty certain," Raikkonen said. "Right now I don't know where we are. It's going to be a long season with the new rules and I'm sure some very difficult races. We have to try to start well and go from there."

And pushed on whether he meant winning races or the title, Raikkonen replied: "Obviously I want to do both."

However, Raikkonen admitted he still had no idea if the F14 T is capable of mounting a championship challenge.

"It's too early to say, we haven't started the season yet and it's going to be an awfully long season. Things can change quickly and I'm sure we can be pretty OK and if we're not up there at the beginning we have the tools to improve things."

With his running on Thursday limited, Raikkonen also said he was unconcerned by the problems Ferrari has faced so far during testing.

"We just had some small problems, small issues, and then we decided to change some parts and save time. I still managed to do quite a few laps today and learn a bit more about the car. I would have liked to have a bit more in the end but that's how it goes.

"I think we will try to do a race distance on the last day and then see really how we are. We can also work on set-up and see how the last day goes and worry about the race. I've had much worse winters than what we've seen here so I'm not worried about that."



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