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Raikkonen: Barcelona race came close to perfection 30 Apr 2008

Race winner Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari sprays the champagne on the podium. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 27 April 2008 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 27 April 2008 Race winner Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari crosses the line to win the race. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 27 April 2008 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 26 April 2008

Following his storming run from pole position to race victory in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen has spoken of his joy of winning the Barcelona race and about why he believes his performance could remain a career highlight for years to come.

“It was a perfect weekend for us in Barcelona,” explained Raikkonen. “We were going really fast all the time and we didn't have the slightest problem. Many times I have won and afterwards still had the feeling that it could have gone better. This time I did not have that feeling: this was probably the best weekend I've ever had in my career.”

The Finn posted the fastest times in both Friday practice sessions and on Saturday beat local hero Fernando Alonso to pole by a tenth of a second. But it was during Sunday’s race where he really showed his mettle, leading from the start line, and keeping a cool head despite the two safety car periods.

“In this business you're not able to reach perfection, but this time we came pretty close,” he continued. “We started strongly on Friday's practice and we finished even stronger on Sunday. All the things we've brought onto the track worked out just fine and we also improved the speed of the car.”

But despite this belief in the F2008’s prowess - and his nine-point lead in the drivers’ standings - Raikkonen is wary of becoming overly confident regarding his title prospects, and is under no illusions about the potential strength of his rivals.

“We're leading in both of the championships, but we have to work even harder now to keep our position,” he added. “I've got such a lead that it gives me a little safety for the championships. But it takes only one bad result and it's gone. There's a long road to go and I know very well that we are not going to have weekends like the one we had at Barcelona every time.”

Raikkonen will be back in action in a little over a week’s time when the Turkish Grand Prix gets underway at Istanbul Park.