Raikkonen: I ran out of laps to catch Hamilton

GP BAHRAIN F1/2015

Kimi Raikkonen says he simply ran out of laps to catch Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Starting fourth, Raikkonen used an alternate strategy during the race, running the medium tyre during the middle stint, before switching onto the faster soft Pirelli for the final phase.

The Finn reeled in Nico Rosberg following his final stop, taking advantage of a mistake by the German to take second on the penultimate lap.

Raikkonen ultimately came home just three seconds shy of race winner Lewis Hamilton, who slowed in the closing stages with a brake-by-wire issue.

“Obviously we came through in the end very quickly, but we ran out of laps,” Raikkone said. “I think we have to be happy after that and where we qualified.

“I’m very happy with how the team is working. After last year, where we are now is a big step. Everyone is working very well together, and the atmosphere is very good now.

“We have a good direction to keep pushing. It seems to be working well. Things are improving. I’m sure as a team we will get there and be able to be fighting for wins, but it will take a bit more time.”

Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari

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