Raikkonen Pesimistic of German GP Podium
Raikkonen emphasized the importance of Ferrari improving race after race in the 9 remaining rounds of the 2009 season, as this should be the only objective for the ongoing campaign. While clearly outside the title fight this year, Ferrari must set weekly standards in order to become competitive in the second part of the season.
Talking strictly about the Nurburgring race, the Fin admitted the characteristics of the track will suit more the F60 than Silverstone did a few weeks ago, but remained realistic about his chances of scoring a good result.
“Realistically this year our objective can’t be a win. We still have to make up ground compared to the leaders as far as the performance is concerned. The track should be better for the F60’s characteristics than Silverstone, but we’ll get a clearer picture during Friday’s free practice sessions,” said Raikkonen in a preview for the German GP.
“To be competitive you need a car with good traction, which is very stable while braking. It’s always difficult making predictions and promising something to the fans, but for us today a place on the podium is already a good result, considering that we’ve been there just once this year.”
“There are still nine races until the end of this extremely difficult season for us. Our objective has to be to give it our all race after race, without thinking that the leaders are so many points ahead of us. I really trust the Team’s work and its capacity to close the gap between us and the leaders,” added Raikkonen.
In addition, Kimi publicly thanked his team for allowing him to take part in the 1000 Lakes Rally – Rally Finland – official round of this year's WRC calendar.
“I want to thank Ferrari for giving me the possibility to participate in the 1000 Lakes Rally with the Fiat Grande Punto Abarth at the end of July. It will be my debut in a championship rally. I already tested over the last days, but my approach remains the same: it has nothing to do with Formula 1, it’s pure pleasure,” added the Ferrari-an.