Kimi Raikkonen believes that the Scuderia should be 'very competitive' this weekend at the European Grand Prix and that his F2007 felt 'almost even better' last week during testing at Spa.

Raikkonen tested on the final day at the Belgian Grand Prix circuit, keeping the Maranello-based outfit top for the second day in succession, after his team-mate, Felipe Massa was fastest on day two.

"The car felt almost even better than in Silverstone: race after race we are making improvements," said Kimi. "We finished most of the programme, although in Spa-Francorchamps you always have to take the weather into account. The N?rburgring is a completely different track compared to the one in Belgium, but nevertheless I expect us to be very competitive."

Kimi heads to the Nurburgring following back-to-back wins in France and Britain, but despite that form, he is cautious about his prospects for this weekend, especially as historically he hasn't had much luck in Germany over the years.

"I don't know what it is about Germany. I have never had any luck there during my entire Formula 1 career. I've always been competitive at the N?rburgring and at Hockenheim, but something always happened to stop me from winning," he continued. "Let's hope that I can turn around things here my first time with Ferrari."

So is a hat-trick of wins a possibility then? "I don't want to predict anything right now. We have to get on the track and give our best: then we'll see if it's enough to win the race," he continued.

"Up to now there are only two teams, which have won races. I guess that it will remain like that for the rest of the season.

"I'm glad to race in Germany for Ferrari. In the past I had the feeling that Michael [Schumacher] was almost invincible there. It looked as if whatever we did, a red car had to cross the line first. Now it's my turn to do the same.

"We are now starting the second half of the season and the pressure inevitably rises. We have to close the gap on our competitors, but there's still a lot of time left. Slowly but surely, race after race, we have to catch up: we will start doing that on Sunday at the Nurburgring."

 

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