Kimi Raikkonen is adamant Ferrari are now right back in the 2007 championship hunt, following his second victory in succession at the British Grand Prix.

Although the Scuderia's margin of dominance was nowhere near as pronounced at Silverstone as it had been at Magny-Cours seven days ago - with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton both taking the fight to the scarlet cars during the race and filling out the remaining two steps on the podium - it was, nevertheless, another sign that the tide is beginning to turn as the season passes its midway stage.

"It was a great race for me," enthused the Finn, whose success was cemented by his lightning pace in clear air in the run-up to both his pit-stops. "After my mistake in qualifying yesterday I was very disappointed, but today I was able to make up for it. If I had managed to start from pole though, things would have been much easier.

"The car worked very well both on the soft and harder tyres. In the first stint, I tried to look after my tyres and save fuel. At one point I got very close to Lewis but I didn't want to take any risks hoping he would pit before me. In the second part, I knew Alonso was on a different strategy and would stop before me. I had to stay in touch and then push at the decisive moment. I am very happy."

The 27-year-old - who came under fire a few races ago following a string of lacklustre performances since his arrival at Maranello - has now firmly re-established his title credentials by moving past team-mate Felipe Massa into third position in the drivers' standings, 18 adrift of leader Hamilton. He knows the squad cannot afford to let up now if it is to close that gap and regain the world championship crown it last won in 2004 at season's end.

"We were strong all weekend," Raikkonen underlined, "and I hope this trend continues over the coming races, but I know how difficult that will be. We have made up ground in the drivers' championship and there is plenty of the season still to go. We must continue to push on the development of the car, but we are working in the right direction."

"Kimi was simply majestic," added team principal Jean Todt, "from the first to the last lap. He produced our fifth win of the season, his second in a row and his third with Ferrari. We are happy with the win, obtained on what is the home track for our main rivals, but we have to work on pushing hard with our performance development so as to regain the maximum level of reliability. We will leave nothing to chance in our bid to continue this winning streak."

 

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