Räikkönen targets brake-by-wire improvements
19 March 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen says that Ferrari must stay calm after the season-opening Australian Grand Prix as the Finn targets improvements with the brake-by-wire system in his F14T.
Räikkönen finished last weekend's race in seventh place, with team-mate Fernando Alonso in fourth. Räikkönen says that patience is required as the changes will not take place overnight.
"I think that at the start of a season like this one, with new tyres but more than that, completely new cars, the main aim has to be getting to the chequered flag," he said. "We did just that and I was finally able to run a full race distance in this car."
"I can say this is definitely not the first time that I’ve gone through a difficult first race weekend. 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.
"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."
Räikkönen urged Ferrari to remain calm and is sure of a better showing at next weekend's Malaysia Grand Prix.
"We have to stay calm," he added. "The team is united, we know what we have to do and how to go about finding more performance. We also know this development process will not happen overnight and so we must be patient and concentrate hard on our work without watching what the others are doing. However, 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."