Räikkönen: We can't fight with Mercedes
5 April 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen has admitted that Ferrari does not have the pace to fight with the Mercedes drivers in the Bahrain Grand Prix but says that he feels more comfortable with the F14T than he did during practice.
Räikkönen cut a negative figure after Friday's practice sessions but the 2007 world champion set the fifth quickest during qualifying in Bahrain and reckons progress has been made with the F14T.
"I am reasonably pleased with my qualifying, because up until this morning, I did not feel completely comfortable in the car, but the faith I put in what we had at our disposal was paid back with this result," he said.
"We are improving in all areas, on the engine, data acquisition, electronics and the new parts fitted to the car have given me a better feeling from the front end.
Räikkönen remained hesitant to predict where Ferrari will finish due to his struggles on the Medium tyres during practice.
"Sure, we are not yet where we want to be, but I think we are on the right path and we have the right people to give us every possibility to continue to move forward," he said.
"It’s hard to say how tomorrow’s race will go, because in the simulation done yesterday, I was struggling on the Medium tyre, while the balance was better on the Soft. We know we can’t fight with Mercedes, but today’s result gives me more confidence than at the previous races and I will do my best to bring home a good result."