Although forced to concede to McLaren once again in practice for the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis, both Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen believe they will be able to put up a better fight with their rivals over the course of the weekend.

Settling for fifth and seventh in the afternoon practice session, with Raikkonen ahead of Massa, Ferrari come to the Indiana circuit desperate to reclaim some of the ground lost by a pair of lacklustre rounds at Monaco and Montreal.

However, while their modest positions at the end of the day give little away, Massa insists the Indianapolis circuit is likely to suit the F2007 and that can ultimately give them the edge over McLaren.

"Overall, I am reasonably satisfied with today. We worked throughout on race preparation and I think that on this track, we are a bit more competitive than was the case in the last two races. We definitely have more grip and we are getting the tyres to work better.

"The two types of Bridgestone available here offer different performance: the softer one is quicker over the first lap but then it seems to have a more significant drop off while the harder one is the opposite. We will now analyse the data also trying to predict how the track conditions will develop. All in all, I think we can fight for the top places."

Raikkonen reiterated his team-mate's opinions, the Finn admitting that he needs to hone his car's set-up but revealing there is more to come from the Ferrari package.

"I am reasonably happy with how today went. This afternoon, we definitely improved the situation over the way it was in the first session. There is still work to do on improving the car's set up but I think we can be competitive up against our main rivals. One thing that is certain, is that we will put all our effort into achieving that."

 

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