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Raikkonen bemoans understeer issues after Australian Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth in Australia - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen finished the Australian Grand Prix in fourth position, but was unable to match the pace of Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who took the race victory on Sunday.

The Finn was noticeable slower during the opening stint of the race at Albert Park, and admitted that making the switch from the Ultrasoft to the Soft tyre in his one and only pit stop predominately cured the understeer issue that saw him struggle in the early laps.

“Yesterday we suffered a bit with understeer on the car and it was a similar story on the first set of tyres,” said Raikkonen. “Once we put the soft tyres on, the car turned to be very good and I was very happy – but obviously at that point we were pretty much in nowhere land.

“I really think we understood yesterday already why we were lacking but it was too late. I think we know what we have to do and it should be OK.”

Whereas Raikkonen was disappointed with the result, he acknowledged that it was at least an improvement on the last couple of years where the Finn has failed to finish in Australia, and he hopes to be fighting closer to the front during the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks time.

“It’s a bit disappointing where I finished but we know what we have to do – and at least we finished,” said the Finn. “For a few years we hadn’t finished the race and obviously that wasn’t the ideal start.

“This is not 100% what we wanted but I’ll take it. Even if it’s disappointing, I’m pretty happy that we’ve understood a lot of things.

“I’m pretty confident that we’ll be back where we should be in the next race. You know we have a strong package and we have some foundation now and understanding, so that’s the main thing and we go from here.”

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