Date: 20th March 2014 at 8:14am
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Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed that his personal struggles with the new Ferrari are down to the brake-by-wire system.

Kimi’s team-mate Fernando Alonso out performed the Finn throughout the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

Alonso qualified in fifth position on the grid and he converted that pace into a fifth place finish, which subsequently became fourth following Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo being disqualified after the race.

Kimi Raikkonen on his return to Ferrari qualified in twelfth and finished eighth (bumped to seventh).

Raikkonen appeared to struggle under breaking at times, with quite a few noticeable lock ups during the race.

The Finn later claiming that the car felt ‘tricky’ at times during the Grand Prix.

Raikkonen told Sky Sports:‘The car felt good at some points and then at some points it was tricky.’

After evaluating his performance he has come to the conclusion that the new brake-by-wire system was to blame.

‘We identified some general problems which we have to tackle in Maranello and there are other aspects linked to the set-up on my car to do with the brake-by-wire system,’ said Raikkonen to Autosport Magazine.

‘Getting this device working correctly is definitely something that contributes to the general feeling from the car, because it has a great effect on corner entry.

He concluded: ‘I’m sure that, if we work in the correct way, then right from the next race in Malaysia, the results can definitely be better.’

 

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