Kimi Raikkonen is hoping he will have a 'real chance' to fight for the win this weekend.
Raikkonen took yet another podium in Belgium last weekend, despite being less than happy with his Lotus E20 in the race, and while he has yet to triumph at Monza, the Finn doesn't think that is particularly significant ahead of the 13th round in the F1 2012 World Championship.
“It's true that I have never won in Italy. For one reason or another things just did not work out for me [in the past],” he said. “It doesn't mean I can't drive the track [though].
“Just because I have not won at a circuit in the past it doesn't mean that I won't win or get a good result there in the future. Hopefully we will have a real chance to fight for that victory this time.
“Monza is the real home of the Tifosi and there will be a lot of the Finnish fans, too. It's the place where we go really, really fast. It's great to go there with everything working well in the car and seeing how quickly you can go.
“Last time I raced in Monza I was a Ferrari driver. I have always enjoyed the atmosphere at Monza but it was very special as a Ferrari driver. I hope they will still like to see me racing there even if I could be in front of a Ferrari.
“I am really looking forward to see all the fans and I think it will be a pretty special feeling if I'm on the podium as a Lotus driver too,” he added.
So just how taxing is the track?
“Monza always gives a great challenge. It's so unique compared with the more modern circuits as the layout means the car needs to be setup differently," he explained.
"To go fast at Monza you need a good aerodynamic car that is stable over the kerbs with a strong engine, as we are using full throttle for most of the lap. I think we should be pretty good in those areas but we won't know exactly how good until we get out on track.”