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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was left disappointed after an earlier puncture left the Finn out of contention for a strong result in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix. Raikkonen was involved in an incident with McLaren's Kevin Magnussen and had to make an early pit-stop which left the 2007 champion languishing down at the back of the back. Following a strong result in qualifying he felt a podium could have been a possibility. Speaking after the race Raikkonen said:
'I don't know much about it, all I know his front wing hit me on my wheel but I didn't feel anything, so I have no idea when it was. Obviously it destroyed our race, not very good for us but I can't say much as I have not seen it.
Despite the problems in the race in Malaysia, Raikkonen is confident that the upgrades to the F14T that are scheduled for the race in Bahrain next weekend will help the team to move forward. He said:
'Hopefully next race we will have some new parts for the car I have been asking for and hopefully it makes a change in a nice way, hopefully the front end will feel nicer. We will have to wait and see how we do on Friday there.
Despite Raikkonen unfortunate race, team mate Fernando Alonso had a solid race. The Spaniard finished the race where he started in fourth place just behind Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull and just ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.
As the team's head to the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain for next weekends race Ferrari are currently third in the Constructors championship with 30 points. The Italian team will be hoping that they can extract the maximum performance from the F14T next time out as they attempt to close the gap to Mercedes and McLaren in the Constructors standing's. The team have always had good results in Bahrain and will be hoping for the same this season.
We'll just have to wait and see what happens next weekend. The team can be confident however that they are certainly heading in the right direction in terms of the development of the car.
©Ben Johnston 2014