Alfa Romeo Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen has joked he “ran out of talent” when he spun early on during second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. 

Raikkonen was on an out-lap in second practice when he lost control of his C38 F1 car at slow speed coming out of the second corner. 

Asked what had caused his spin, the Finn joked: “I ran out of talent. 

5774263478001

CrashTV: 

“With the new tyres, they are shining and it was a bit slippery in the first corner. I was just caught out.”

Alfa Romeo’s running was severely hampered after water leaks were discovered on both cars in FP2. 

While Antonio Giovinazzi’s car was fixed in time for him to return to the track and complete 10 laps, Raikkonen was left garage-bound for much of the session and was restricted to just six tours. 

“That was obviously not the plan but what can you do?” Raikkonen said. 

“Unfortunately, we had a leak in the cooling system and they almost got it back together, but it was too late.”

The issues prevented either Alfa Romeo driver from completing flying laps in conditions similar to those to come in qualifying - with FP2 taking place under the lights - but Raikkonen is confident the lack of running will not effect the team too much. 

“It’s hard to say [where we are] because we didn’t put the second run together,” he explained. 

“Even the first one, the car felt very good but I didn’t manage a very good lap, so it will be a bit more unknown than if we would have run. 

“It would be a bit easier to say but I don’t think it’s an awfully different picture than what we had in the last race. 

“It will be very close and if we get good laps in then they’ll give you a very good result. We’ll see after tomorrow.” 

Comments

Loading Comments...