Kimi Raikkonen is bidding to get his title challenge back on-track again in this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, as the Melbourne winner and pre-season championship favourite looks to put a halt to a three-race losing streak.

The Finn has only finished on the podium once in six starts in Monte Carlo - for McLaren four years ago - and is well aware of his need of a good result this time around after being comprehensively outpaced by team-mate Felipe Massa in each of the last three grands prix.

"It's always a nice place and good fun," Raikkonen enthused of the street circuit. "You never really know before you come here how it's going to go, but I think we should have a pretty good package."

Good as the Ferrari F2007 undoubtedly is, the opening race aside the 27-year-old has thus far struggled to get a proper handle on the new machine. He is confident, however, it is only a matter of time before he gets fully to grips with his mount, and stresses there is a long way to go yet in the championship battle.

"For sure I'm not as happy with the car as I could be," he admitted, "but I think it's getting there. If the car doesn't work as you like it to, it's hard to go as fast as you want. We just need to get everything together now and start getting better results. It seems to be taking a bit of time but we've sorted out a lot of things and I think we've found something in the end, so hopefully it will start to go where we want.

"The season is only four races old and many things can happen. Unfortunately we had a retirement in the last race. Without that I think we could be in a completely different situation now in the championship, but at least the gap is not too big. It's a long season and I'm probably not the only one who will have problems over the course of it."



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