Maurizio Arrivabene' hails Kimi Raikkonen as absolutely spectacular' after Bahrain drive

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Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene says Kimi Raikkonen rolled back the years with his "absolutely spectacular" drive to second at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Raikkonen fought back from a poor start to split the Mercedes drivers, repeating his strongest result from last year's campaign. There has been much criticism of Raikkonen since his return to Ferrari in 2014 but Arrivabene says his performance under the Bahrain floodlights was like the Finn of old.

"I think the way that Kimi drove during the race was spectacular, absolutely spectacular," said Arrivabene after the race."If you look at at the overtake around the outside of [Daniel] Ricciardo, he reminded me of the driver from the old times. It was very, very good for me."

Raikkonen's poor start came as something of a surprise after both he and Sebastian Vettel jumped Mercedes off the line in Melbourne. Arrivabene says the Finn's slow start came down to a simple slip of the finger when the lights went out.

"I heard most probably the finger slipped on the paddle. It's something that could happen and he got a lot of spin and lost a bit of time. But what he did afterwards was unbelievable."

Teammate Vettel retired on the formation lap with an engine failure, Ferrari's second engine-related retirement in two races after Kimi Raikkonen's turbo issue in Australia. After two races, Ferrari is already 50 points behind in the constructors' championship. Kimi Raikkonen is fourth in the drivers' championship on 18 points.