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Raikkonen: Belgian GP win great, but Monza will be tough

Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari its first victory of the season in Belgium on Sunday - and then warned the tifosi not to expect a repeat performance when F1 heads to Monza for the Scuderia's home event in two weeks time.

Raikkonen took the lead from Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella on the run to Les Combes following the re-start and while many expected the Finn to then pull away, it never actually happened.

Indeed Raikkonen was kept under pressure right to the finish, and less than a second separated the two at the chequered flag.

Furthermore the 'ice-man' freely conceded that his Ferrari F60 wasn't the best car and that he had to use his KERS boost strategically in his final stint to keep Fisichella's Force India at bay.

"A great victory for me and the team," Raikkonen reflected. "The champagne tastes the same wherever you are on the podium, but the feeling when you win is definitely different. This track has everything a driver could want and it's a pleasure to drive here, however, there's no particular secret to explain why I've won here four times. We wanted to win at least one race [this season] and we've done it.

"Our car was not the best in the pack, but we managed to put everything together and this result comes from all the work done with the team. I got away well [at the start], but Rubens [Barrichello] was stuck in front of me and I had to avoid him. Then, at the first corner and at the end of the straight, I managed to move up to second.

"Behind the Safety Car, I thought mainly about keeping the tyres and brakes up to temperature to be able to attack Fisichella at the restart, and that's how I managed to pass him quite easily. At the first pit stop, maybe it would have been better to stay with the softer tyre but that's easy to say afterwards. In the final part, when it seemed I might not be able to fight off Giancarlo, I slightly changed the way I used the KERS so as to defend myself on the straight at Stavelot and so I managed to stay in front.

"Monza next up though will be difficult, because our car is not particularly good over the kerbs, but we will try and do our best."

Meanwhile Ferrari team boss, Stefano Domenicali was understandably over-the-moon to see Raikkonen secure the victory, the squad's first of the season – and its sixteenth at Spa-Francorchamps.

Like Raikkonen though, he was keen to play down expectations ahead of the trip to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.




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andrewm

August 30, 2009 9:21 PM

I am over-run with an immense feeling of not caring at all about how many agrees / disagrees I get seeing as they are meaningless until crash.net allows only one vote per person. It would be easy to do - just make it that only signed-in folk can post.

Adam - Unregistered

August 31, 2009 8:09 AM

Ah look, another bile filled Macca fan, whinging and yammering... I'd be hugely impressed if Raikkonen caused those also-rans to crash, given that he was night and day ahead of them its clearly impossable. You should probably that the crashes were caused by the two noob drivers behind Ham and Button.



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