Kimi Raikkonen is confident Ferrari will enjoy a stronger start to the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship season than it did in 2014 as he looks to bounce back from a tough campaign last year.

The former champion finished outside the overall top ten and failed stand on the podium on his return to the Ferrari fold in 2014, but has enjoyed a more positive pre-season testing period in the run up to the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.

Indeed, Raikkonen says the better atmosphere in the team has had a positive effect overall and the car is much improved over its predecessor, giving him added confidence for the Melbourne race.

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"I've known the team for a few years now, but I have to say, this year the atmosphere is very good, the people are happy and are working together in a very close-knit way. I think that's a good sign and on top of that, it seems that a good car has been produced over the winter period. Now the time's come to go racing, which is when we will really understand where we are.

"I think that compared with last year, we have done a great job as a team. We are pleased with what we achieved over the winter and with the level of competitiveness that we expect to have reached, even if we will have to wait until we're on track to get the real verdict.

"Anyhow, we will continue to push to improve all the time. I am confident that we will manage to achieve the results we deserve and want."