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Raikkonen feeling buoyant ahead of Magny-Cours 27 Jun 2007

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, United States Grand Prix, Race, Indianapolis, USA, Sunday, 17 June 2007

Although he is trailing championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 26 points, Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is certain a change is in the air as he heads to Magny-Cours for this weekend’s French Grand Prix.

Although he has finished no higher than fourth in the last four races, Raikkonen, currently fourth in the standings, believes his title chances will receive a welcome boost in France, after enjoying a successful day of testing at Silverstone in the UK last week.

“We had a very good test: the car was much better than at the races in North America,” the Finn told Ferrari’s official website. “So I'm really very confident of the race in Magny-Cours. We have new components, above all in the section of aerodynamics; and we have taken a step forward as far as the performance is concerned.”

Raikkonen finished his day at Silverstone second in the times to Toyota’s Jarno Trulli, while team mate Felipe Massa went one better, setting the fastest time of the week in the F2007. As a result, Massa seems equally confident that Ferrari are closer to finding the pace to match McLaren.

“At Silverstone, we tried a new aero package and I immediately felt it was working well and I was very happy with the balance of my F2007,” added the Brazilian. “Magny-Cours and the French Grand Prix could be a good weekend for us.”

In 2006 Ferrari were the team to beat in France, with Michael Schumacher claiming his fourth victory of the season and Felipe Massa bringing the second car home in third, just behind Fernando Alonso.