Raikkonen: We have plenty of good people working flat out as a group to improve things

Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference in Malaysia

Kimi Raikkonen during the press conference in Malaysia

Kimi Raikkonen’s Malaysian weekend officially got underway with the FIA press conference, where he began by denying that all his difficulties in Melbourne had been down to the brake-by-wire system.

“What I need is a set-up that means the car is more how I like it and the team is working on that. Hopefully when they get that for me, it will make things easier and give me more feeling, although this will take a little while” maintained the Finn.

Kimi was his usual candid self when it came to assessing the Scuderia’s Australian performance, “Obviously, it was not the ideal start to the year for the team, not what we wanted to achieve,” he said.

“However, after all the small difficulties we experienced in many areas, at least we got something out of it in terms of points. It’s going to be a long year. Hopefully, we can now build on it. We have plenty of good people working flat out as a group to improve things. I am sure we will keep making progress.”

Kimi Raikkonen in action during the Australian Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen in action during the Australian Grand Prix

As for the coming race weekend, the Ferrari man had no crystal balls to help him, “Obviously, every circuit is different, it’s very hot and humid here and we have different tyres for the first time. It will be very hard on the cars.

So I have no idea what to expect, but even in the past that was the case – that it was difficult to say from race to race. Hopefully, we will have a bit better feeling and with the experience we gained at the first race, things should run more smoothly and we can aim for a better result.”

Raikkonen’s usual laid back approach meant he had no startling revelations regarding what these new cars are like from the cockpit.

“From a driving point of view I don’t think it’s awfully different to last year’s cars, apart from some small details,” he revealed. “For me the bigger difference is being in a different team, as each team builds a different car.”

Raikkonen with engineers in Melbourne

Raikkonen with engineers in Melbourne

Nor were there any fireworks when it came to his relationship with Fernando Alonso.

“It is good and it’s always been good. Our joint aim is to work together to improve things and get the team where we want to be,” said Raikkonen.

Reports after Melbourne suggested that he was struggling with the brake-by-wire system on the F14T, the Finn scoffed at the idea, “I don’t know where that came from, it’s not the issue and there is nothing wrong with the system.”

“Somebody asked me about it after the race and I said ‘it’s not that’, so it’s not true. It is mainly just set-up and getting the car as I like.” (GP247-Ferrari)

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  • Ronnie

    This will be a nice challenge for Ferrari – two rather different setups so not as much swapping of setup settings between the crews. I hope they took this into account when they paid for Kimi to come back (I expect they would have known from the previous time). For me, this is the question of the season – can Ferrari handle Kimi’s needs, for he is certainly one of the best drivers and will richly reward the team if they can.

  • Amos James

    Soooo, nothing wrong with the car eh?

  • Dr. Azlan

    Last year Lotus designed separate wheelbases for both their drivers.

  • Amos James

    Maybe he’ll sulk and fall to sh!t like 2008/09

  • Hawk

    that so called set-up will never come. adapt a little please

  • Stoner

    “I was more comfortable with the F14 today and even if we had no problems whatsoever, we know there’s still a long way to go and a lot to do.

    “Our programme concentrated on car set-up and on testing the compounds that Pirelli has brought here. The handling seemed to be good.”

    Read more http://grandprix247.com/2014/03/28/raikkonen-happy-as-he-gets-the-better-iof-alonso-on-day-one-at-sepang/

  • Stoner

    read more before yapping

  • Stoner

    Dude, give a fcukiiing break, TROLL!

  • Stoner

    Hateboi !!

  • Stoner

    is it so? looks who’s talking, Race engineer at Ferrari or what

  • Stoner

    @GP247 : Post some news about Kimi and these Noobs Amos James, Hawk and all the other TROLLS here will start spiting venom.. Hate-boy’s

  • Amos James

    Are u ok, stoneboy? You’ve been so quiet, lately. Then, you come back with all this rage. That’s not healthy. Do u need a hug?

  • Amos James

    No, hate set up, not hateboi. Boi’s had nothing to do with it. Neither did kers, braking or anything else.

    Are u ok? U seem angry and semi-literate. Need a hug?

  • Amos James

    U r so angry! Has someone been trip-trapping over your bridge?