Kimi Raikkonen's 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season has gotten off to a disappointing start as technical issues on his Ferrari scuppered a potential podium result.

The Finn followed team-mate Sebastian Vettel in making a strong start to run second early on, but while Nico Rosberg jumped him in the first wave of stops, Raikkonen was running a comfortable third when the car lost power and he pulled into the pit-lane.

With a fire briefly breaking out, Raikkonen was consigned to an early retirement, but he wasn't letting the DNF get to him.

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"We go to another race, we obviously have to work on certain things, improve and make sure we don't have any issues. It's a completely different circuit from this one, the conditions will be completely different too, but I don't see why things should change an awful lot from here to there. Let's wait and see what you can do."

Reflecting on Ferrari's stronger race pace, Raikkonen said he was unsurprised by the better performance compared with qualifying.

"It's more or less what we expected but after yesterday people became crazy because of the lap time difference in qualifying. We had very odd circumstances and conditions, so today was more or less what we expected."