Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed that Ferrari will introduce some new developments at the Turkish Grand Prix this coming weekend, as the Scuderia look to fight back and beat McLaren-Mercedes.

Raikkonen believes that the remaining six events will really suit the Ferrari F2007 and speaking ahead of the twelfth round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at Istanbul Park, the Finn added that while he has enjoyed the break, he is 'ready' now to get back on track.

"We have to confront the last part of the season, the one in which everything will be decided," he stated. "There are three races in four weeks, plus a test: this is certain to be a very busy period, but we are racing on tracks, which are amongst my favourites - Istanbul, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps.

"I think that these are tracks where Ferrari should be very competitive: there are no characteristics that are against us.

"The whole team is working together, to try to recuperate the gap in the points: in Maranello they didn't stop working over the last days! I spoke to the technicians and they told me that we have a couple of new developments in the car."

Although he is 20 points behind McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who leads the race for the 2007 title, the ice-man hasn't given up hope. Indeed he believes in some ways it is better to be chasing than to be chased.

"I will tackle these last races in the same spirit I confronted the ones before: I'll try to win and collect as many points as possible and then we will do the maths in the classification," he explained.

"We have to give our best and hope that those who are ahead of us, have slight problems: I don't have much to lose so I can risk more than my colleagues at McLaren. Six races can seem to be only a few, but for the ones who are leading it's a lot."

As for this weekend's event itself, Kimi believes he can do very well: "We are optimistic for Turkey: I won the first race ever held here, which gave me a very special feeling," he continued.

"The track is similar to the one at Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps, where the aerodynamic efficiency counts a lot. And then we drive anti-clockwise: nothing changes in terms of the technics, but the driver's necks will suffer slightly.

"Everybody is talking about turn number 8: it doesn't have the fascination of the Eau Rouge but is very demanding in its own way. It is really nice to have new kinds of fast corners to drive through at the max: everybody always wants to have more.

"I can't wait for Friday morning so that I can drive my laps behind the wheel of my Ferrari!" he summed-up.

 

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