Raikkonen returned to Ferrari from Lotus at the start of last year but was comprehensively beaten by team-mate Fernando Alonso as he failed to even finish on the podium. With the team much more competitive this year, Raikkonen has found the SF15-T much more to his liking and finished second in Bahrain, 3.3s behind race-winner Lewis Hamilton.
While the Finn says he is never happy unless he is winning races, he admits he is in a much better place personally this season than last.
"Obviously it's much nicer than being out of [the podium] but, you know, you come second and obviously we got quite close to the Mercedes but it’s a bit disappointing after that ... but I’d rather take this one than something else," Raikkonen said. "You cannot feel happy. We are happy to be second but it’s still disappointing; it’s not what we want to do.
"Big thanks to the team, I had a pretty hard time last year. This year in the beginning, just some bad luck in the races but, you know, the team has done a great job over the winter and everybody is pushing together, in the same direction and I’m sure we are only going to get stronger and better as a team and improve the car. So, it’s a great place to be."
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