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F1 Australian GP: Raikkonen starts 2016 with fiery non-score

Kimi Raikkonen's 2016 F1 season begins with a bang of the unwelcome kind as a fiery exit scuppers his hopes of a podium result in Australia.
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.

“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.”
by Ollie Barstow

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March 20, 2016 1:43 PM

They were trying to cover Hamilton with Raikkonen and left him out too late in the first stint. Reminds me when Alonso lost his championship since they tried to cover webber. Anyhow he ended up retiring (not sure why his car alone has these big issues) His side of garage needs a complete revamp if ferrari is expecting him to perform well this year. Losing 1-2 finish in the opening race for no fault of drivers is bad result.

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