Mixed emotions for Kimi Raikkonen despite podium return

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Kimi Raikkonen was left wondering what might have been with a few more laps despite ending his long podium drought at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Raikkonen finished second in Sakhir, with the decision to use the medium tyre in the middle stint paying dividends on the option late in the race when he caught and passed Nico Rosberg with two laps to go. Both Mercedes drivers were struggling with brakes and Raikkonen was gaining on Hamilton as the race finished, crossing just 3.4s down.

Asked about his emotions on his first podium in 26 races, a run stretching back to the 2013 Korean Grand Prix, he said: "Obviously you are never happy when you finish second but after a difficult start to the year I'm a bit pleased to get some result. We came through in the end very quickly but we ran out of laps. I think we have to be happy after where we qualified but we will be looking for better results soon."

Raikkonen's middle stint brought him into contention for second but the small gap to Hamilton at the end suggested he could have caught the world champion had he pitted earlier. However Raikkonen says Ferrari stuck to its pre-race plan.

"I think we did more or less the right calls. We lost a bit of time at the beginning with Nico getting past. Obviously afterwards it's easier to say, but that's how we planned it and I think it worked out pretty well."