• IN WORDS: No Extra Pressure in Bahrain - Valtteri

Valtteri's feeling no extra pressure ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix and is determined to bounce back from a tough weekend in Australia...

'Still 20 races to go'

The Finnish ace had a difficult season-opener in Melbourne but is approaching the next round in Bahrain like any other race.

"Everything was processed during the weekend," Valtteri explained. "It was a bad weekend, that's it.

"We still have 20 races to go and we're here in Bahrain, so there's nothing really to worry about at this point.

"I think it feels like a normal race weekend. Of course you always want to perform and have a good weekend. But there is no point in gathering pressure from one mistake in Qualifying.

"We have a competitive car, we know we still have work to do to make it better but I am looking forward to this one."

'They'll be close'

Much was said about the potential pecking order ahead of Melbourne and, while some of the dust has settled ahead of Bahrain, Valtteri has admitted it is still difficult to predict.

"We can only guess. But I think historically Ferrari has been good here," he said, when asked about the possible competitive order this weekend.

"They had good race pace in Australia. Last year they had stronger pace here (in Bahrain) than in Australia.

"So, I think they're going to be a threat and they're going to be close to us. Even Red Bull could be, too.

"But more than that, it's difficult to say. We will have to see how the weekend develops."