Kimi Raikkonen has predicted that there will be a massive battle for honours at the Italian Grand Prix this coming weekend, as the Scuderia attempt to win their home event.

Like all the teams, Ferrari were at the Monza last week preparing for the 13th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and Kimi tested on two of the four days, before Felipe Massa concluded proceedings for the Maranello-based outfit on Thursday and Friday.

With arch rivals McLaren-Mercedes top on all four days though, the signs pre-event are exactly promising, not that Kimi is overly concerned.

"It was a good test last week, where we could try out some new things for the car. Looking at the times, I think you can say that we have a fierce fight ahead of us," noted Kimi.

"But you never know how much fuel the others use during the tests, so we'll only see during the qualifying what the situation is really like."

Asked if the grand prix will be extra special, as it is his first as a Ferrari driver at the teams home track, Kimi added that he is looking forward to racing in front of the fanatical tifosi.

"I'll race at Monza for the first time with a Ferrari and it will be really special to feel the heat of the tifosi: I can't wait to see all the flags with the Prancing Horse on the grandstands," he confirmed.

"I have always liked the atmosphere at this track. Even during the test last week many fans came to see us there and it's good to know that you can rely on their support.

"Traditionally Ferrari has been very competitive here too - but also McLaren has been very strong, during the years when I raced for them, but for some reason or another I never managed to win.

"Let's hope I can make it this time, by being perfect from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon. Winning the home race of Ferrari would be a great feeling."

As for if he can make up the 16-point deficit to Lewis Hamilton, who still heads the race for the drivers' title in his rookie year, Kimi knows that he and Ferrari can't afford any errors, especially as they are now only five races left.

"My goal has to be to make up points on all of those who are ahead of me in the standings now. The more we can close the gap on [Fernando] Alonso and Hamilton the better it is for me and Felipe.

"All the upcoming races are crucial: we can't commit any more mistakes. The team gives 110 per cent and we have to beat our competitors and need to gain more points than them every time," he concluded.

 

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