Kimi Raikkonen practices ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen practices ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

made a solid start to the season in Australia on Friday when Fernando Alonso led the pack chasing the Mercedes duo.

The red cars also showed good reliability, although they ran a relatively modest number of laps compared with some rivals.

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“Today was an interesting day just to see if some of the issues we had during the Bahrain test were solved,” said team boss . “We are still not on top of all the things we have to solve and this is something that shows the complexity of this project. But you know, what we have to do is keep working on the things we know.

“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 program 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, we don’t know, we will see. If there will also be different weather conditions this will be another thing we never tested with this car so far, so the managing of the car in possibly wet conditions could be another exciting or challenging thing for all of us. But so far, it’s important that we were able to run with the program we wanted even if we had some little issue to solve. But that’s part of the game, it’s just the first free practice of a long season.”

Domenicali said he’s happy with the structure of the team, now led on the technical side by James Allison.

“I think the basic for sure. We’ve done a great job in the last couple of years to restructure the team, restructure the facility, that was absolutely and imperative thing to do and I think that now we are in the way that we should be to do the best we can in these conditions. So, so far I’m pleased about it.”

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