Raikkonen: forthcoming rounds should suit Ferrari 09 Aug 2007
After missing out on victory to Lewis Hamilton at the tight and twisting Hungaroring, Kimi Raikkonen believes that the coming races in Turkey, Italy and Belgium should give Ferrari a better chance of beating their McLaren rivals.
At Istanbul, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps, where there are many long straights and fast corners, we should be able to play out the F2007's characteristics," said Raikkonen.
According to the Finn, Ferrari always knew they might struggle to win in Budapest, but that didnt stop him feeling frustrated at being bottled up behind Hamilton - especially as he proved just how quickly he could have gone by setting the fastest lap at the end of the race.
We have an excellent car and I think that the Hungaroring was the only race track so far, where we could have expected to have a slight disadvantage compared to McLaren," said Raikkonen. If I had had a free track, I could have been much stronger.
Before the last lap I slowed down a bit to build up some space ahead of me for a hot lap, just to see what time I could have done: we got the confirmation that we could have gone faster!"
Raikkonen now lies third in the drivers championship, trailing Hamilton by 20 points, but with the calendar about to return to faster, flowing circuits he believes it is still not too late to close the gap.
Whenever we have won a race, as in Magny-Cours and at Silverstone, we made up ground, he added. I'm convinced that when we go back onto a similar track, we can be much more competitive.
In the meantime, Raikkonen will be taking a well-earned break, as he enjoys some downtime in his home country ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix at the end of August.
"Often you just need to leave everything behind and just think about chilling out, he admitted. I did not make any special plans for the next two weeks. I'll just go with the flow. I'll play some golf, go to the sea, but mainly I will relax. The summer in Finland is perfect: and it's the right time to enjoy it!