Kimi Raikkonen says he is happy with his Ferrari, but admits he was the bigger problem as he struggled to put a strong single lap together in free practice for the Australian Grand Prix.

The Finn ended his day a noteworthy fourth quickest, but was more than a second adrift of the dominant Mercedes' and almost four tenths off new team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

With this in mind, though Raikkonen was satisfied with the pace of the car around the Albert Park venue, he was less impressed with his own efforts during FP1 and FP2.

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"Not an ideal day, [I was] not driving very well or putting the lap together. We chased the car a little bit on the longer runs and it seems to work a bit better, it was just tough to put things together.

"There is still hard work to do but we have to start somewhere and if you compare it to last year it is a big step. We know where we expect ourselves to be and it's only Friday. We still have work to do. I just have to put things together and drive a good lap and we should be OK."

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I had a rough year last year. All I ask is that Kimi not do what he did last season, constantly giving us a glimmer a hope, only to snatch it away. I could barely stand to pay attention sometimes.