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Raikkonen not daunted by slow start to 2014

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Kimi Raikkonen believes his experience in F1 means he is not concerned by his slow start to the season, especially after seeing Fernando Alonso score Ferrari's first podium of 2014 in China.

So far Raikkonen's return to Ferrari has not gone quite as expected, with seventh in Australia his highest finish from the first four races. He has previously put his struggles down to driving style but is content with what he has managed to do with the car so far in tricky circumstances.

"I've been here long enough to know this is how it goes sometimes," Raikkonen said. "We all want to do better, we don't want to finish in these kind of positions but I would take this rather than nothing.

"There's lots of work to do, we've not been happy with things all the time. One day has been good there, one day in another race, but things seem to have been pretty difficult overall. Once we get a bit more knowledge we can work things out but right now it's not been the easiest races for me but that's how it goes."

Raikkonen's struggles have been a contrast to Alonso's form so far this year, with the Spaniard seemingly far happier behind the wheel of the F14 T. Alonso finished third in China and Raikkonen is using that as proof he can put right his early problems.

"We know we have improved things. We have improved every race. If we would take a look from Australia to [China], we have obviously made a lot of improvements. Sometimes it's hard to see from the outside but we know ourselves. I was pretty happy with the car in Bahrain and in China we had some issues early on and couldn't run, which didn't help.

"It was a difficult weekend but at least I got three points. It is not what I want, but overall for the team it was a better weekend and it gives some good feeling to everyone because we have been working hard to improve things. We have not done as much as we want but Fernando's podium is good for us as a team."

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