Kimi Raikkonen welcomed his first point-scoring finish of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix, but the Finn admitted Ferrari's performance was still below par.

The Maranello squad avoided enduring its worst start to a Formula 1 season on Sunday thanks to the Raikkonen's sixth place finish.

The former world champion, however, finished over 40 seconds behind race winner Jenson Button ahead of the start of the European season next month.

Raikkonen said he had extracted the maximum from his car in today's race, but conceded that was not good enough for Ferrari's standards.

"I am happy to have picked up a few points but I can't be that pleased with our performance level," said Raikkonen. "I've been around long enough not to get very excited about a sixth place. We are well aware we have to improve.

"In theory, the new package we will have in Barcelona should see us make a good step forward, but we won't know just how big it will be compared to the others until we are on track in Spain.

"Today, we got the most out of the F60's current potential, even if I lost a bit of time in my final pitstop because of a problem with a part of the fairing on the left front wheel which cost me the chance of exiting pitlane ahead of Barrichello."