Kimi Raikkonen says he expects Ferrari to be even more competitive this weekend in Malaysia.

The Scuderia were 'best of the rest' after Mercedes in Australia two weeks ago and while Raikkonen did not have a great race - eventually retiring after a botched pit stop - the Finn is feeling bullish ahead of the second round in the 2015 F1 World Championship.

"Obviously we are in a much better position than say we were at the end of last year," he said. "In that way it is a nice place to be. But we still have to improve quite a bit. We want to be at the front. We still do not have the speed exactly, at least in qualifying to be there. In the race I think we are a bit stronger compared to Mercedes. But it will be a fun year.

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"It was not the ideal start to the year for me - we got some damage at the start [of the race] and then had those issues at the pit stops. But it can happen sometimes - at least we have a pretty good speed. I am sure we are going to have strong races and good battles.

"Like I said, we still have some work to do to be exactly where we want to be, but we have done a good job so far."

"The car has been good at every circuit so far we have been, so I don't see any reason it shouldn't be good here," he added. "I think it could be even better than it was at the last race - it is a proper circuit here."

Meanwhile, Raikkonen added that Ferraris improvement this season cannot be attributed to just one area, be it engine or chassis.

"I think it is the whole package, not just the engine that we improve," he confirmed. "Yes, we improved that a lot, but we improved the chassis a lot also. It is the whole package. You cannot just point at one area that has been improved from last year. It is the whole thing.

"I think how everybody works, it is one team and things are going in the right direction and people are pushing and doing good work.

"It is still early days and we know that we still have to work hard and improve things, but where we started, we have so far done a good job."