Singapore GP: Kimi Raikkonen preview

Raikkonen looking for perfection I'm glad we're going to Singapore. It's a fantastic city, I like the food and I don't mind that we race in the evening. Furthermore it's another city circuit and the slower the circuits are this year the better...

Raikkonen looking for perfection

I'm glad we're going to Singapore. It's a fantastic city, I like the food and I don't mind that we race in the evening. Furthermore it's another city circuit and the slower the circuits are this year the better we were, just look at Valencia and Monaco: there's no reason, why it shouldn't be the same in Singapore.

I still have a score to settle with this race. Last year, at the end of the race, I drove into a wall, when I was fighting for the fourth position against Glock. I really don't like that memory. The first night race was great for all of us. Besides some parts of the run-off area the whole track is perfectly illuminated. There's no difference to daylight. As on all tracks like this overtaking is almost impossible. The KERS will be an advantage, but it won't make the difference like it did in Spa or in Monza.

If it's true that the F60 is more competitive on slow tracks, than it's also true that the other teams will show up with improvements; that's why it will be more difficult for us. We have to try to use the package we have the best way possible and we need to find the best set up. If we attain perfection than we can fight for a place on the podium. This is our goal. We gained a place on the podium five times in a row and as of the race at the Nurburgring I gained the same number of points as the leaders in the standings. Let's hope we can proceed like this until the end of the season. It would be great keeping the third place in the Constructors' Championship, but it will be very difficult, too. Over the last four Grands Prix we had only one car in the points, but now we also need the second car's contribution. I'm sure that thanks to his experience Giancarlo can make it.

I think that out of the four remaining races the one in Singapore suits Ferrari the best. If we want to win we need to be more than perfect and need a little bit of luck. But after the win in Spa it would be fantastic to have this feeling once again.

Night driving -- "fit a dark visor!"

Kimi Raikkonen took part in the FIA press conference this evening, as darkness fell on the Singapore track, and the first question related to driving at night. In his usual laid-back way, the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver didn't think it was a problem. "It's fine driving under floodlights at night, not much different to any other circuit and it's just like driving in daytime really," he said. "And if you feel it's too bright, you can always fit a dark visor!"

Even though Kimi's race here last year ended in a crash, the Finn is enthusiastic about the venue. "I don't remember all the corners, because there are so many of them, which makes it interesting. It's a nice track, very challenging, quite bumpy but I heard they fixed that problem, which means it will be very nice to drive here again if the solution works."

With a string of four consecutive podium finishes in the last four races, Kimi has been the most consistent driver in recent races, but as usual, he was not keen to make any predictions regarding his chances this Sunday. "I think it's the same story as every race, in that we have to wait until free practice to see what happens. >From then on we can make our plan and follow it for the rest of the weekend. If we do that well, we can have a good chance to be high up in the top five.Circuits like Monaco and Valencia have been pretty okay for us, so maybe this is more like them. But everybody seems to go forward and we have had no new parts since Hungary. All we have is small ones, but nothing major, but still we have been able to have good results, so hopefully it is the same here. Let's wait and see for tomorrow and then we will have a much better idea."

Sadly, the main talking point which has made the F1 headlines recently concerns the Renault affair, which dates back to Nelson Piquet's accident at this Grand Prix last year. "Every sport has things like this and if anyone has lost faith in F1, I think it probably happened before this incident," said Kimi. "These things happen in all walks of life including sport. I hope we can forget all this and get back to racing." And Raikkonen was critical of the idea of a driver deliberately crashing. "Well, accidents can always happen, but I don't think there are many people who want to have accidents on purpose. It's a dangerous sport, anything can go wrong, even at slow speeds and you can get badly hurt but that's the risk we take."

-credit: ferrari

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Nelson Piquet
Teams Ferrari