RETURN OF THE ICEMAN: Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen proved his worth during the Bahrain GP by taking 2nd place on podium. Image: AP / Ryan Remoirz
Manama - Kimi Raikkonen recovered from a poor start to storm to second place and receive rare plaudits from his Ferrari team chief in Sunday's 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene, for whom the Finn's fighting effort was some consolation for the enforced non-start of team mate Sebastian Vettel, due to engine failure, said: "Kimi was spectacular, absolutely spectacular."
Raikkonen was a distant second behind triumphant German Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, securing his eighth podium finish at the Bahrain International Circuit.
"If you look at his overtake around the outside of (Daniel) Ricciardo, he reminded me of a driver from the old times," said Arrivabene. "For me, it was very, very good."
The team boss revealed that Raikkonen's start problems were of his own making because his hand slipped from the clutch paddle.
"I heard that most probably his finger slipped on the paddle," he said. "It's something that can happen and he got a lot of spin and lost a bit of time, but what he did afterwards was unbelievable."