Alonso and Raikkonen concerned over Ferrari pace

2014 Australian Grand Prix

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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49 comments on Alonso and Raikkonen concerned over Ferrari pace

  1. Steph (@stephanief1990) said on 16th March 2014, 11:55

    Kimi has been absolutely awful since his return. The car does look like a handful though, it’s just not quick enough and unstable under braking. To be fair to Ferrari they’ll probably end up quite competitive with Williams, Red Bull and McLaren but the problem is there’s always one team that seems to dominate and Ferrari are never that team.

    • Albert said on 16th March 2014, 12:26

      @stephanief1990

      Are you stating that Raikkonen has been awful since he returned to F1? Because that’s a bit ridiculous, considering what he did in 2012-2013 with the Lotus, even without being paid.

      His race today was every bit as good as Alonso’s, he would have finished 6th if it wasn’t for the double-pit, so what you’re saying is a bit illogical.

  2. Musaed (@binmayed) said on 16th March 2014, 14:09

    I think this is the limit of the tech team, based on the last two years, Ferrari couldn’t build a fast car, and the blame was on the wind tunnel. This year car should have been an aggressive design, the team said they will be more aggressive with there approach, and look at the result. A 1 – 1.7 sec slower cars for the last couple of years, this year is the same. Am a Ferrari fan and I feel bad for them

  3. Wallbreaker (@wallbreaker) said on 16th March 2014, 16:47

    Jesus christ, this was only the first race in a season with all-new cars. This is new for everyone (just ask Adrian Newey). Why do some of you people not wait until halfway through the season before writing Ferrari off and comparing them to 2009?

  4. I wish they would update that nose already. It’s hard to pity them with a front end like that.

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