Räikkönen plays down effect of crash
22 February 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen has played down the crash he suffered on the final day of this week's Bahrain test.
The Finn, who recovered from a troublesome first day at the wheel to complete 81 laps, spun out on the exit of Turn 4 in the final ten minutes of the session, causing significant damage to the front of the F14 T chassis.
But with a four-day break before the next test gets underway in the Middle East, the Finn says the error will not hamper the team's schedule.
"I just spun on the kerb at the exit of Turn 4, these things can happen," said a philosophical Räikkönen. "Luckily, it was right at the end of the day. I'm only sorry because it means the team now has more work to do."
Putting the accident to one side, Räikkönen reckons Ferrari is moving in the right direction with its new car.
"We have managed to improve some things compared to [the opening pre-season test at] Jerez and we are continuing to understand more about the behaviour of the car," the former World Champion explained.
"We tried various solutions to try to be as well prepared as we can for the next test and the start of the season."