Raikkonen: I could have won last year

Date published: March 30 2016

As the Bahrain Grand Prix draws closer, 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen reflects on the Bahrain International Circuit, claiming that he could have won it last year.

According to the Finn, who finished in a close second behind current World Champion Lewis Hamilton in 2015, he has enjoyed good memories in the Middle East and is looking forward to racing there once again.

"I enjoy Bahrain, obviously it’s good itself, not the most difficult corners but still hard to make a good lap there," the 36-year-old told f1i.com.

"Obviously conditions can change a lot because of the wind, it’s hot at midday and cold enough in the evening, but it's a good place.

"Maybe I could have won last year, but it’s pointless to start guessing things, we were second and that’s it. It was not too bad, but I guess it could have been better."

However, Raikkonen admitted that with the long stretches and tight corners, it makes for a difficult track to race on as drivers have to be extra cautious when utilising their brakes.

"In an ideal world when all works it’s fine although obviously sometimes you can have issues, but we have a good system so far," the Ferrari driver explained.

"This circuit is quite hard for practice, so some cars might run into problems with their brakes, but it really depends how much you are willing to push on the brake cooling if you have issues or not."