Kimi Raikkonen insists that he is not concerned by any reliability issue with his Ferrari, despite being forced to retire from the recent European Grand Prix with hydraulic problems.

The Finn appeared phlegmatic when asked whether he had any worries during Thursday's press conference, lamenting only that he had not had the chance to capitalise on Lewis Hamilton's inability to score points.

"It is racing and you always can have some problems with the car," he said philosophically, "That's a part of it, unfortunately. I think we understand the problem and we have made some improvements already and we are pretty sure it is not going to happen again. But like I said, you never know.

"I was happy after Saturday at the qualifying but the race is so long that anything can happen and we couldn't finish. We know we can be fast but, technically, we are pushing to improve the reliability."

Raikkonen also dismissed suggestions that the F2007 was susceptible to different fuel loads and struggled to get the best out of the softest compound Bridgestones.

"My car was good in qualifying," he insisted, referring to the three-part session that saw the cars running with various fuel weights, "In the race, maybe we didn't get the tyres working as we wanted. The first two qualifying sessions don't make much of a difference, the last qualifying is all that counts. We had a perfect car and we had plenty of fuel in the car, so...

"I don't think we had any problem with the tyres either - we just weren't as strong maybe [in Monaco and Canada] as we have been in some other races. We have been using the soft tyres better than the rest in the last races, so I don't see that we have had any problems at any point."

Moving on to less technical matters, Raikkonen defied his reluctant 'Iceman' tag to banter with the media over stories alleging that he contest a powerboat race in his homeland - dressed as a gorilla...

"Yeah, but was it really me?" he laughed, "You don't know - you hear a lot of stories always from the people there, so... We've got the trophy, it was just a boat race and we just went for fun."