A truer picture of each team’s competitiveness will be drawn at the upcoming Bahrain tests, according to Kimi Raikkonen.
Some observers think the Finn’s new Ferrari moved closer – and perhaps even clear of – the dominant McLarens at the Barcelona test this week.
BMW, Renault and even Red Bull have also appeared to be in good shape around the Circuit de Catalunya, which is traditionally a significant winter test.
But Raikkonen, 27, observed on Wednesday: “We will see how it really looks at the next test, where everyone will have new things for their cars.”
Ferrari, for example, ran several new pieces at Barcelona but are expected to fit an updated suspension specification at the inaugural Bahrain test.
Raikkonen’s teammate Felipe Massa said in Barcelona: “Our new front and rear wings have moved us forwards quite a lot.”
Bahrain, staging six days of running starting late next week, is the last pre-season stop before the Australian grand prix.
“It will be a crucial test,” Raikkonen emphasised.