Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Albert Park, 2014

Alonso and Raikkonen concerned over Ferrari pace

2014 Australian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Albert Park, 2014Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen say Ferrari must raise their game after a disappointing start to the season in Australia.

Alonso took a fifth place finish, three places ahead of Raikkonen, but was more concerned about the gap to winner Nico Rosberg.

“Both Ferraris crossed the line which is a good effort by the team and a good achievement,” Alonso said after the race. “On the other hand we finished 35 seconds behind Nico Rosberg.”

“This is probably too much and we need to do better in Malaysia.”

Ferrari said they had electrical problems with their cars during the race. “We had some issues but I don’t know,” Rakkonen told reporters. “There was a lot of things happening and until we look into those things I don’t really know what is what.”

“We cannot be happy with the positions that we finished,” Raikkonen added, saying it had been a “very difficult week”.

“We got hit in the first corner by somebody from behind, then the car was running well, and then we lost one place in the pit stop because we have to double pit stop. And then grained the front tyre and lost one place because of a mistake.

“The car felt pretty OK at some points but then sometimes was a little bit tricky,” he added.

“The only positive thing is wee run the whole race and scored some points, but let’s see.”

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