Australian GP: Ferrari says sorting Raikkonen problems a priority

Ferrari says that sorting out the problems that are stopping Kimi Raikkonen getting the best out of his Formula 1 car is a priority

Australian GP: Ferrari says sorting Raikkonen problems a priority

Raikkonen had a difficult first day of practice in Australia on Friday, ending the second session eight tenths of a second behind team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said the team needed to move swiftly to help Raikkonen.

When asked about the Finn's performances, he said: "We need to make sure that all the things that are still not solved - not only on Kimi's side - have to be solved or addressed very quickly because the competition is very strong and the time that we have available is not a lot.

"For me, the most important thing is to address and to solve the issue very quickly.

"The driver is not really the problem because I'm sure that both drivers will be able to manage the situation in the best way that they can, but there is still a lot of work to do."

Domenicali accepts that Ferrari is not the quickest team at the moment, but feels there are plenty of possibilities for the team to recover over the next few races.

"What we have to do is keep working on the things we know," he said.

"We need to improve and that's the way it is.

"For sure there were different things to test and to try between the drivers, but that's part of the normal programme we do.

"In my view today maybe you will see that some teams were a little bit hiding or having some issues for the day.

"Tomorrow the situation will be different again."

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Author Jonathan Noble
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