After his initial victory with Ferrari in Australia it was a long wait for Kimi Raikkonen until he scored his second win of the season in France last weekend, but now the Finn hopes the problems are behind him. It hasn't been a straightforward...
After his initial victory with Ferrari in Australia it was a long wait for Kimi Raikkonen until he scored his second win of the season in France last weekend, but now the Finn hopes the problems are behind him. It hasn't been a straightforward task for Raikkonen to settle in at Ferrari but as he pointed out: "It's never too late or too early to win."
"Finally in Magny-Cours everything went the right way in my race and you could see the results. It was a relief: the situation in the championship remains difficult, but this was a great result for the whole team. 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."
According to Raikkonen it has been a 'step by step' process to make improvements and he was always convinced that the results would come back. "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," he explained.
"Already in Indianapolis we could see that the car went really well in the race and at Magny-Cours this impression has been confirmed: now we have again a winning car. The victory in Melbourne didn't mislead us. We knew that there were still problems, although the F2007 went really well there, compared to our competitors. I've been asked if we now have an advantage: I really can't tell. We have to wait for the British GP to find out."
Rivals McLaren, unsurprisingly, were quick to try and play down Ferrari's dominance at Magny Cours: team boss Ron Dennis claimed that McLaren's comparatively off-form showing at the French circuit 'flattered' Ferrari and 'made them look a lot better than they were'. Whatever the case, Raikkonen believes the Scuderia will be back in the fight once again this coming weekend.
"We had a very good test (at Silverstone) two weeks ago," the Finn commented. "If we manage to bring all the latest developments on the track, then I think that Ferrari will be even more competitive than in Magny-Cours. Obviously the gap of our competitors in France is not representative. The situation changes from track to track: we were behind at Indy and ahead at Magny-Cours."
"It's just a waste of time to think about who will be favoured at Silverstone. We just have to wait until Friday, then we'll know more. As I said before we know that we are heading in the right direction as far as the development of the car is concerned; and I have a real good feeling with it, too. I can't wait to get back on the track and stepping once again on the podium!"