Buoyed by his first win since the season-opener in Melbourne and his first podium since Bahrain, Kimi Raikkonen has predicted that Ferrari will continue to be a force for McLaren to reckon with at the British team's home race this weekend.

Speaking in the wake of a Ferrari 1-2 at the last French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, the Finn pointed to a strong test at Silverstone on Formula One's return to Europe two weeks ago as the turning point that help drag the Scuderia out of the mire it found itself in at Monaco, Montreal and Indianapolis. However, he also issued a warning to McLaren by suggesting that France had not seen everything that Ferrari had to offer.

"I think we had a very good test [at Silverstone], so hopefully we get the parts that we tried there for the race," he said, "We were not able to get all of them here, so that should help us. Our car seems to work well there. Testing is always testing, but I think we are pretty confident that we're going to have good speed there also. The weather there can be very tricky, but we'll try to do our best and hopefully we can win."

Echoing comments made by team-mate Felipe Massa after the Brazilian had taken pole on Saturday, Raikkonen said that he anticipated Ferrari being more of a central player in coming races.

"We didn't expect to have the problems that we had in the last few races, so I think we are back where we expected to be," he offered, "It wasn't that we lost something. Maybe we just didn't get everything out of the car. It is not just the car though, but, as long as we know what we want and expect to do, that is the main thing. We are working all the time to improve those [other] areas and, if we can do that, it will help me a lot also.

"We try to improve them all the time, and I think the work is starting to pay off now. It maybe took longer than we expected, but it's good that we got this win and we're kind of back in the right place now. We just need to keep it up."

 

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