Formula 1: Kimi Raikkonen is best in Bahrain

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Kimi Raikkonen has thrown his hat into the ring for victory in tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix after he topped the timesheet at the end of yesterday’s two 90-minute sessions at the 5.412km track.

Winner in the season-opening race in Australia and second in China on Sunday, the 2007 world champion trails Sebastian Vettel by three points in the standings after three races.

After finishing runner-up at the desert-based Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir last year, Raikkonen would naturally love to go one better 12 months on. On the quicker medium-compound Pirelli, with the hard rubber the other tyre to be used this weekend, the Lotus driver’s best of his 31 laps was with a time of one minute 34.154secs.

The Finn was ahead of Red Bull drivers Mark Webber and Vettel by 0.030secs and 0.128secs.