Hazy skies and a strong breeze welcomed the F1 teams to the second round of the 2018 Championship. Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen arrived late last night in Bahrain, and by late morning they showed up at the track that will host the first night race of the season on Sunday. The win and double podium finish in Melbourne has only served to reinforce their focus and determination for the coming weekend, in which Seb is expected to take the 200th start of his F1 career.
“ I think this year we have a better car”, says Seb “but we have to make it work at its full potential. At the beginning of the year it is normal that you still have to get to know the car. Obviously the time that we have on track to try things is limited, but we have some ideas for here that we are going to try. As for myself, I need to do my job and we need to do our job as a team. We only look at ourselves and try to improve and I am confident, as the car has potential”.
“Melbourne was a good and straightforward weekend,” added Kimi. “Overall we had a good feeling with the car and decent speed . The Sakhir track is very different and with completely different conditions. Practice will be in the daylight and the race in the dark, but we are used to it. It’s quite hot and the feeling with your car is different. I’m happy with the way we started the season, but we need to keep working hard, improve things and hopefully we’ll achieve a good result again with both cars. We need to be up there straightaway and consistently. We are still in the early days of a long season and there are still many things we need to learn about this car. I think there’s a lot of potential; where it’s going to take us in the end, we don’t know. But we’ll give our best, that’s for sure”.