Raikkonen “sorry” for crashing out at Bahrain
It was an eventful final day for Kimi Raikkonen as his testing programme was cut short when he spun and crashed his Ferari F14T near the end of the afternoon session. This brought out the red flag and forced the final day of Bahrain testing to a premature end.
Raikkonen’s car crashed heavily near the exit of Turn 4, dislocating the front wing / nose assembly and incurring heavy damage to the left front suspension. The Finnish driver is unhurt.
In spite of the setback, Raikkonen remained unflustered and was able to complete 82 laps around the Sakhir circuit before the crash ended his run.
“I spun on the kerb at the exit of turn 4, these things can happen!,” said Raikkonen. “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.”
“We have managed to improve some things compared to Jerez and we continue to understand more about the behaviour of the car. We tried various solutions to try and be as well prepared as possible for next week’s test and for the start of the season.”
Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari.
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