Kimi hopes to overcome brake issue

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted to struggling with the new brake-by-wire system on his Ferrari car but he is confident of an improved display at the Malaysian Grand Prix (33/1 Race Winner) on Sunday week.

The Finnish driver was hoping for a flying start to his return to the Maranello team after a four-year absence, but the season-opening Australian Grand Prix did not go to plan for him as he had to settle for a seventh-placed finish.

Raikkonen (25/1 World Drivers’ Championship Outright) has been finding it difficult to get to grips with the new F14 T over pre-season testing and he has confirmed it is “other aspects linked to the set-up on my car to do with the brake-by-wire system”.

The 2007 world champion told Autosport: “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.

“Having said that, the F14 T improved right through Friday and Saturday and not getting into Q3 was not down to the competitiveness of the car.”

Looking ahead to Malaysia on March 30, Raikkonen is looking to qualify closer to the front of the grid after starting down in 12th in Melbourne.

He added: “I’ve been in this game for quite a while now. I can say this is definitely not the first time that I’ve gone through a difficult first race weekend.

“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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