Kimi Raikkonen denies struggling with Ferrari’s brake-by-wire system

Kimi Raikkonen has denied his problems with the Ferrari F14 T stem from his reputed struggle to master the car’s brake-by-wire system.

Both throughout winter testing and during the opening weekend of the new season in Australia, Raikkonen has been unable to match the pace of team-mate Fernando Alonso with the Finn repeatedly alluding to his car’s ‘aggressive’ handling in the wake of several high-profile crashes.

After an underwhelming race in Melbourne two weeks ago, when he finished in seventh, two places and twenty seconds behind Alonso, Raikkonen was quoted as saying: “We identified some general problems which we have to tackle in Maranello and there are other aspects linked to the set-up on my car to do with the brake-by-wire system. Getting this device working correctly is definitely something that contributes to the general feeling from the car, because it has a great effect on corner entry.”

However, speaking during Thursday’s press conference for the Malaysia GP, Raikkonen was adamant that he had been misquoted and his early-season travails couldn’t be attributed to the F14 T’s brake-by-wire component.

“I don’t know where that came from, it’s not the issue and there is nothing wrong with the system,” the 2007 World Champion retorted. “Somebody asked me about it after the race and I said ‘it’s not that’, so it’s not true. It is mainly just set-up and getting the car as I like.

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