Kimi Raikkonen has not had the best of times at races in Germany in his F1 years but the Ferrari man is hoping that will change at this weekend's European Grand Prix. Victorious in France and Britain, Raikkonen is aiming for his third straight win...
Kimi Raikkonen has not had the best of times at races in Germany in his F1 years but the Ferrari man is hoping that will change at this weekend's European Grand Prix. Victorious in France and Britain, Raikkonen is aiming for his third straight win in a row at the Nurburgring -- providing his fickle German luck is kinder to him than it has been previously.
"I don't know what it is about Germany," he said. "I have never had any luck there during my entire Formula One career. I've always been competitive at the Nurburgring and at Hockenheim, but something always happened to stop me from winning. Let's hope that I can turn around things here my first time with Ferrari."
"I had one podium finish at the Nurburgring with my former team, but a couple of times I had to stop while I was leading in the race: that is a bad memory. Although I have to say that I like the place. Until last year this was one of the home races for my team, now it's a race like all the others. That means that I can relax a bit more, because I don't have so many promotions to do."
Ferrari has taken the fight to McLaren in the most recent events, even though reliability issues hampered Felipe Massa at Silverstone. According to Ferrari a technical glitch meant the Brazilian's engine cut out on the grid and he had to start from the pit lane, but he still fought back to come home fifth. Raikkonen is happy with the competitiveness of the car after the latest test at Spa.
"The car felt almost even better than in Silverstone: race after race we are making improvements," the Finn commented. "We finished most of the program, although in Spa-Francorchamps you always have to take the weather into account. The Nurburgring is a completely different track compared to the one in Belgium, but nevertheless I expect us to be very competitive."
One thing the home fans will probably be missing this weekend is Michael Schumacher. Raikkonen acknowledged his predecessor's strong performances in Germany and hopes that now it's his chance to continue that kind Ferrari competitiveness. "I'm glad to race in Germany for Ferrari," he said. "In the past I had the feeling that Michael was almost invincible there."
"It looked as if whatever we did, a red car had to cross the line first. Now it's my turn to do the same. We are now starting the second half of the season and the pressure inevitably rises. We have to close the gap on our competitors, but there's still a lot of time left. Slowly but surely, race after race, we have to catch up: we will start doing that on Sunday at the Nurburgring."