It will be business as usual for Kimi Raikkonen this weekend, despite him making his first appearance as a Ferrari driver in front of the passionate Monza tifosi.

The laid-back Finn insisted that, other than being a little busier than usual, with more media requests and PR activities to endure, once the helmet goes on, the Italian Grand Prix will be just like any other.

"I think it is a bit more hectic this weekend because it is a home grand prix for the team, but I don't think the racing side of things changes at all, because we always try to do the best that we can and that's why we come here," he told journalists on Thursday, before going on to play down Ferrari's testing performance from Monza last week.

"I like the circuit, but it's difficult to get the car right as you run on a low downforce and it is quite bumpy, and you need to be able to drive over the kerbs...," he mused, "It is difficult to say where we are going to be, but hopefully we are going to be in a grid position to fight for a win.

"From testing, it is always difficult to say [how competitive you are] - you can only guess what fuel the other teams have, and you only really know yourselves what you are doing. I was not 100 per cent happy with the car, but we found some reasons and, hopefully, we will have a better set-up and we'll see where we are. I think we should be okay - probably not our strongest race, but it should still be pretty good."

 

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