BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX DRIVER QUOTES
Kimi Raikkonen:“We had decent speed today, I think we just have to keep working and improving the whole package,” said the 2007 world champion.
“I’m sure we will get there and we can fight every weekend after that.
“I’m very happy with the team and I think many people didn’t expect after last year that we would be in this position this early.
“We will start winning [more] races. We have to be patient and do the same work as we have done so far and we will get there.”
Raikkonen added that Ferrari deserves credit for making gains in all areas following a disappointing 2014 season.
“The whole package has gone forward,” he said. “A big chunk of it is the engine but you cannot give all the credit to them.
“The car has improved a lot, there’s a lot more downforce, it’s handling a lot better.
“All areas have improved, that is the key. People are working more closely, which has helped us get to where we have now.”
Romain Grosjean:“It had been a tough weekend until now for me, so it was really great to get another strong seventh position. Today’s race was great, especially as there was lots of overtaking. I was really hoping to catch Daniel Ricciardo but he was too quick for us today. It was quite difficult to manage tyres, especially with the rears so I think we did a good job to make the two-stop strategy work. We only had new medium compound tyres for the race, the rest were scrubbed, so it really was a great job by the team. It was a good recovery from Friday and Saturday’s session and I’ll happily take seventh place as my birthday gift for myself and the team.”
Pastor Maldonado:“That was a frustrating race for me. I pushed as hard as possible at the start on the medium tyres whilst everyone around me was on the grippier soft compound rubber. Once I moved to the soft tyres I was able to set the race’s then fastest lap so things looked good with our strategy. Unfortunately the engine anti-kill triggered when I came in to make my final pit stop which cost me a lot of time. It’s frustrating as we should have finished strongly. My focus is now Barcelona where I’ve delivered very strongly in the past.”