Raikkonen confident Ferrari can make car suit him

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari speaks at a press conference during previews to the Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang Circuit on March 27, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Kimi Raikkonen is confident that his form will improve once Ferrari addresses some setup issues he has with the front end performance of the F14 T.

The Finn denied suggestions that his problems are directly related to the brake-by-wire system.

"€œI don’€™t know where that came from,"€ he said today. "€œIt’€™s not the issue. There is nothing wrong with the system. But it’s just mainly set-up to get the car as I like it, as I wanted to have it and I’€™m sure once we’re making some stuff for me, so hopefully once we get those [updates] it will get a bit more easy to get a bit more feeling in the front end. But it will take a little while.

"€œObviously not the ideal start for the year, for the team, not what we obviously want to achieve. We want to do much better results but after all the difficulties over the weekend and how difficult it was, how many areas, just the small things. At least we got something out and it’s going to be a long year, so hopefully we can now build on it. We have plenty of good people and they’re working flat out as a group to improve things. So, we still have things to do but I’m sure we can keep progressing."

Raikkonen said the 2014 cars are similar to their predecessors.

"€œI don’t think it’€™s awfully different as a driver, to compare last year’s cars to this year’€™s. Obviously there are some small detailed issues but it’€™s the bigger issues that make a difference for me, just to be in a different team. Every team feels a bit different, different cars. It doesn’€™t really change an awful lot as a driver."

Regarding Ferrari’s prospects for this weekend, he said: "€œI don’€™t know. Every circuit is different. Obviously it is very hot, humid here, slightly different tires here I think, so I have no idea. Even from the past years it was very difficult to say from race to race and especially with this new year with new rules. It will be hard but hopefully we get a bit better feeling and overall have a bit more experience and all the things run the weekend through a little bit more cleanly and hopefully get the better results."