Räikkönen: Issues greater than brake-by-wire
27 March 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen says his problems with Ferrari's new F14 T chassis are greater than simply a brake-by-wire issue, as had been suggested by the team after the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Räikkönen struggled to get to grips with his new machine in Melbourne, crashing out of the second qualifying phase before taking a lonely seventh place finish, 20 seconds adrift of team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's Malaysian event, Räikkönen made clear that his early-season struggles are not restricted to the new-for-2014 braking system, with the Finn eyeing a general front-end improvement.
"I don't know where that came from – that is not the issue," explained Räikkönen at Sepang on Thursday.
"There is nothing wrong with the system. Somebody asked after the race if there was an issue, but it is not true.
"It is mainly set-up, to get the car how I like it to run it. I am sure that when we make some stuff for it – hopefully once we get those – it will be a bit easier and I will get a bit more feeling in the front-end."
Räikkönen is optimistic that Ferrari can cut the gap on the Mercedes-powered teams as the season develops.
"After all the difficulties [in Australia], at least we got something out of it," Räikkönen commented. "There are plenty of good people working flat-out. We still have things to do but I am sure we can keep progressing."