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Raikkonen: Ferrari working flat out to resolve problems

Mar 27, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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Kimi Raikkonen has explained how the entire Ferrari team is working flat out to resolve the problems with the F14 T, but he has dismissed the idea that there is an issue with the brake-by-wire system on the car.

The Finn failed to impress upon his return to Ferrari last weekend in Australia, finishing the race in seventh place after a long battle with the Toro Rosso drivers and having been overtaken twice by compatriot Valtteri Bottas.

Heading to this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix though, Raikkonen isn’t concerned and has faith in the team to turn things around.

“Obviously not the ideal start for the year, for the team, not what we obviously want to achieve,” Raikkonen admitted during a press conference on Thursday. “We want to do much better results but after all the difficulties over the weekend and how difficult it was, how many areas, just the small things.

“At least we got something out and 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.”

Despite rumors suggesting that a problem with the new brake-by-wire system had caused Raikkonen problems, the Finn was quick to dismiss these ideas.

“Ah, I don’t know where that came from,” he said. “It’s not the issue. There is nothing wrong with the system. Somebody asked me after the race and I said ‘it’s not that’ – because they kind of said ‘is there some issue?’ It’s not true.

“But just mainly setup to get the car as I like it, as I wanted to have it and I’m sure once… we’re making some stuff for me, so hopefully once we get those it will get a bit more easy to get a bit more feeling in the front end.”

Raikkonen is chasing a third win in Malaysia this weekend, having claimed his first Formula 1 victory at Sepang back in 2003 with McLaren.

  1. techmeister1 - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Ferrari has their work cut out and they know it. We’ll see if their new resources improve the situation. Having their own wind tunnel working properly has to help some. They have really disappointed in the past 5 years in spite of the hard work by the team.

  2. worknman24hours - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    There is a lot of ugly that goes on within the Ferrari team that adds tremendous drag to the huge effort the teams does to get the cars competitive.

    If the team could truly embrace both Kimi and Fernando as first place drivers and let them compete together till the end of the year like McLaren used to with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna ,NO ONE could beat them.

    I still believe these two guys can prove themselves to be the finest drivers in Formula One and Ferrari the best team to be on-just if that drag could be eliminated and the team move on with a tremendous momentum into the future.

    • redrock81 - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Of course Ferrari are giving the same cars to both drivers. Luca Montezemolo has insisted Ferrari would before the start of the year. No need to insinuate that they aren’t.

      Both drivers suffered electrical issues during the race and both drivers have had to nurse their cars to the finish line.

      I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. If the car is bad, Alonso will still be able to make the most of it and wring out a maximum performance. Which was displayed in Australia. Kimi got beaten by Alonso in Australia in quali and in the race in the same car. plain and simple.

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