Kimi Raikkonen says he is unconcerned by more reliability dramas for Ferrari as pre-season testing resumed with a gearbox issues afflicting the SF16-T.
Though the new Ferrari has shown strong pace during testing so far, it has suffered its share of mechanical problems, losing it track time and keeping its mileage limited compared with the huge laps being completed by main rivals Mercedes.
However, Raikkonen says it is better for Ferrari to work out the teething issues before racing gets underway and though he admits he would have liked more mileage, he feels progress is still being made.
“Obviously it could be slightly better at this point, but the purpose of testing is to try things,” he said. “If something breaks or we have an issue, we can fix it and there is still time. Every year is the same story, you push, push, push and then you have an issue that you have to fix.
“Am I concerned? Not really, that is the purpose of testing and trying things and learning about the car. There are still many days that we can run and obviously certain things come up and I would say it's normal progress and we have some work still to do.
“Like I said, every year it is the same, at least from what I can remember from the past. It's a different story when we go racing.”
Reflecting on the team's programme, Raikkonen is hoping his final day in the car before the Australian Grand Prix will offer a clearer indication of were he is in terms of pure pace.
“We managed to try different things and learn about the car because the first two days we didn't do an awful lot on that side. Obviously that helps and gives us an idea what to do and where to go.
“Hopefully in the last day we can put the car where we more or less wanted it to be and see if it's okay. Every day is different, conditions keep changing so we have to change the car, it's a normal thing. The feeling is good, that's the main thing, and we will see where we will be in the races.”