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Ferrari confident of repeating French success at Silverstone 04 Jul 2007

Race winner Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme with second placed team mate Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari (Right).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Race, Magny-Cours, France, Sunday, 1 July 2007 Race winner Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari celebrates a win with the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Race, Magny-Cours, France, Sunday, 1 July 2007 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2007 leads Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Race, Magny-Cours, France, Sunday, 1 July 2007

After their dominant one-two at Magny-Cours, Ferrari believe they can reap similar rewards at the British Grand Prix this weekend. The Italian squad, currently second in the constructors’ championship, 25 points behind McLaren, are confident of reducing the gap in the standings still further at Silverstone.

Kimi Raikkonen’s win in France, coupled with pole-sitter Felipe Massa’s second-place, was proof indeed that the Italian team have bounced back and that the F2007 has made significant gains in terms of performance. Their victory ended McLaren’s run of three consecutive wins and put Ferrari back on the top step of the podium for the first time since Massa’s Spanish success in May.

“I think that we showed that we are there, we have a good package, we have a good team, good drivers,” sporting director Stefano Domenicali told Ferrari’s official website. “We have seen how important it is to start very well and to start on the front row. We saw that our main competitors today were struggling in the traffic so that shows that the approach that we had for this race was the right one: more aggressive.”

Aside from the obvious improvement in the pace of the Ferraris, the win in Magny-Cours is also evidence that Raikkonen may have finally found his feet at the Maranello squad. After failing to follow up his victory at Melbourne’s season-opener, the former McLaren driver had been criticised for being unable to match Massa’s form in the F2007. Indeed, before the French event, he had not made it onto the podium in four races.

“It was a relief: the situation in the championship remains difficult, but this was a great result for the whole team,” explained Raikkonen. “All the hard work paid off. It's a great reward and it makes things easier, knowing that we are heading in the right direction. I've never had the slightest doubt that I had lost my qualities as a driver, and I've never lost the faith or the motivation: I knew that we just had to put together the pieces in the right way.”

Raikkonen finished third at Silverstone last year, behind his Ferrari predecessor, Michael Schumacher. However, the last time the Italian team won the British Grand Prix was back in 2004.