The Finn finished the race in eighth place, two positions and 20 seconds behind his team-mate Fernando Alonso, but was promoted to seventh following Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion. Ferrari quoted him as saying after the Australian Grand Prix that “general problems” linked to the set-up of his F14 T “to do with the brake-by-wire system” had been identified.
However, he said during the FIA driver press conference ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix that his issues with the car are not to do with the new-for-2014 braking system, but actually with overall set-up.
“I don’t know where that came from,” said the 2007 world champion. “It’s not the issue. There is nothing wrong with the system. Somebody asked me after the race if there was an issue but it is not true. Just, mainly, set-up work to get the car as I like it, as I wanted to have it. We’re making some stuff for me, so hopefully once we get those it will be a bit easier to get a bit more feeling in the front end. But it will take a little while.”
He added: “Obviously not the ideal start for the year, for the team, not what we obviously want to achieve. After all the difficulties over the weekend and how difficult it was, at least we got something out of it.
“It’s going to be a long year, so hopefully we can now build on it. We have plenty of good people and they’re working flat out as a group to improve things. So, we still have things to do but I’m sure we can keep progressing.”
Raikkonen has won the Malaysian Grand Prix twice, after taking the first race victory of his career in 2003 for McLaren and crossing the line in first place for Ferrari in 2008.
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