Raikkonen sure Ferrari will win in 2009
Kimi Raikkonen is convinced Ferrari will win races this season after the team’s promising performance at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Italian squad endured a dismal start to the year, but seems to have turned the corner following the introduction of an upgrade package in Spain. Raikkonen scored the team’s first podium of the season in Monaco, with Felipe Massa coming home in fourth to complete Ferrari’s strongest outing of the year. Now the Finnish driver, who was disappointed with third position, reckons it’s just a matter of time before Ferrari wins again.
“I wasn’t too happy with the third place at the Monaco GP. For sure it was the best result of [recent] times, but that was nothing new to me and we knew that we could arrive on a place on the top,” said Raikkonen.
“When the leaders in the championship are so far ahead in the classification, in the end it’s only a victory that counts. Being back on the podium is a nice reward for the whole team. The hard work of the last weeks finally bears some fruit, which is really positive for all of us.
“We know that we’re on the right way now: there are still some minor things to be done but sooner or later we will win. We’ll show up with further improvements of the F60 in the upcoming races and we hope we can then challenge the leaders even more, in the qualifying and in the race.”
Raikkonen, who started the race from second place, felt missing out on pole position was a big handicap for him.
“The Monaco qualifying is so much more important than on other tracks and we’ve almost done a perfect job: we missed the pole by 25 thousandths of a second. Not starting from the first position means that it’s very likely you won’t win. Furthermore, the second position on the grid doesn’t help on this track.
“You start from the dirty side of the track and whenever I found myself in this position I always lost at least one position in the field, because the tires spin a lot at the start. In fact Rubens overtook me, which was really a shame. If I had managed to stay behind Button I think I could have easily opened a gap.
“In the end it was difficult to fight for second position and then there was this story at the last pit stop, where we lost a couple of seconds, due to a problem with the right rear wheel. When I took up the race again I was further behind [Barrichello] than before.
“We brought home both cars and gained some important points. There were many things at Monaco we can be satisfied with.”