Kimi Raikkonen has said that the Scuderia have little chance of winning this weekend at the Nurburgring.

While Ferrari has made some progress of late, the Maranello-based outfit still remains some way off the pace setting cars fielded by Brawn Grand Prix and by Red Bull Racing.

Furthermore Raikkonen himself has failed to get as much out of the F60, as his team-mate Felipe Massa. Indeed Raikkonen has only scored 10 points and finished in the points on three occasions - his best, a third place finish at the Monaco GP - while Massa has notched up 16 points and posted top-five finishes in the last four grand's prix.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix, Raikkonen added that a rostrum result is probably the best he can hope for on Sunday.

"The statistics tell the opposite but I really like racing in Germany, especially at the N?rburgring. I gained the pole four times, but I could never win. Maybe I just wasn't lucky enough here and at Hockenheim," the 2007 F1 champion told Ferrari's official website in his pre-Nurburgring blog.

"Realistically though 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. That's why the team continued to work very hard over the last weeks to bring some new solutions to this race.

"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. 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."

Meanwhile Raikkonen has said he is grateful Ferrari has let him enter the Neste Oil Rally Finland at the end of this month, the ninth round in the 2009 World Rally Championship.

He is again grounded about his targets however, and stated that his outing there will be for 'pure pleasure'.

"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," he continued.

"It will be my debut in a championship rally. As we don't have any tests during the season we've got plenty of spare time and it's nice to participate in a race to keep busy.

"I have already tested over the last few days, but my approach remains the same: it has nothing to do with Formula 1, it is pure pleasure."