Kimi Raikkonen is relying on 'difficult moments' for Lewis Hamilton to get himself back in the title hunt after another disappointing round of the 2007 Formula 1 season in Canada.

Crossing the line an eventual fifth, the race was the first time since last year's Hungarian Grand Prix that at least one Ferrari has not featured on the podium and it is a result that leaves Raikkonen some 21 points off the lead of the championship, while Ferrari are now 28 points away from McLaren.

Indeed, having failed to finish in Spain, struggle to eighth at Monaco and come home fifth in Canada, Raikkonen's recent form has placed him under scrutiny, particularly as team-mate Felipe Massa has won twice this season.

Nonetheless, the Finn blamed his poor pace in Canada on contact with Massa in the first corner melee that made his car difficult to handle. Even so, he admits the Ferrari is losing out to McLaren at the moment anyway.

"Once again it was a very difficult race for us," he said. "We did not get the result we expected, due to all the problems we experienced; you could almost say that in the end finishing fifth was not that bad. It could have gone much, much worse out there!

"The whole weekend was really difficult. We did not have a competitive package as we hoped for; we try as hard as ever to improve it for Indianapolis: for sure we will give it all! The race was very hectic with all the safety car periods. At the start I touched the rear wing of Felipe's car and the handling of my car was never 100%.

"After Kubica's accident, debris from his BMW got stuck in my front wing and I lost a lot of aerodynamic downforce and the car was really difficult to drive through the corners. Then I practically lost my brakes, that at a certain point I even lost one position to Sato."

Despite slipping back in the fight for the title, Raikkonen is nonetheless expecting his share of bad luck to transfer to his rivals at some point, 'even Hamilton'.

"In the final phase of the race it was pretty difficult, not knowing when the brakes were working and when not. So in the end it was important that we got some points. While also Fernando and Felipe had some problems, I managed to reduce the gap to them. Sure, now I'm 21 points behind Hamilton, but I'm certain that there will be difficult moments even for him."

Looking ahead of the next round at Indianapolis, Raikkonen is expecting Ferrari's envious record at the Motor Speedway - six wins in seven years -, to help him strike back at McLaren's recent dominance. However, he admits he is unsure of how competitive the team will be over the weekend.

"It's difficult to say what we expect from IMS. I enjoy the circuit and it has always been a good circuit for Ferrari. There is a very long straight, where you need to have a good speed, but at the same moment the infield section is very tight and there are some corners you have to take with the smallest gears. Fortunately you are able to overtake at the end of the straight."

 

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