Kimi Raikkonen’s 2016 season got off to a poor start after being forced to retire from the Australian Grand Prix.

The Finn started the race well and took advantage of both the Mercedes’ poor starts to lap in second place behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the first stint. However, Raikkonen dropped to third when he took his first stop just two laps before the red flag for Fernando Alonso’s huge accident. After the Safety Car restart, Raikkonen suddenly trundled down the pit lane and retired his car from the race.

In a post-race interview with Sky Sports F1, Raikkonen hinted at the cause of his non-finish: “I lost some power but the engine was still running but we had to stop.”

Raikkonen further commented on his race to that point: “Apart from that, the car was running quite well, the speed is there but obviously we have some work to be done.”

Raikkonen will take some positives from the race weekend though having been similarly paced to Vettel in the early stages and also only a strategy mistake prevented his German team-mate from taking victory at the opening race of the season in Melbourne. However, pressure will be mounting on the Finn to beat his teammate this year else Ferrari management will look to replace him for next season.

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