Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that Ferrari is unsure as to exactly where it lies in the pecking order for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, after the usual mix of programmes was further complicated by problems on the Finn's F2007.

Raikkonen had topped the morning session at Monza, heading a Ferrari 1-2 that kept the tifosi happy through lunch, but managed only twelve laps in the later session after mechanical gremlins limited his running. With different teams using different sessions to work on race and qualifying set-ups, and Mclaren taking a 1-2 in the afternoon, the Finn admitted that he was not quite sure where he stood.

"The first session went well but, in the second, I lost a lot of time with a hydraulic problem and only managed to do one run of laps on new tyres in the final moments," he confirmed, "We therefore don't have much of a reference point on where we actually are. As usual, there are the unknown factors linked to the fuel loads and tyres used by the other teams during the practice."

Despite not getting the most out of his day, however, Raikkonen was reasonably satisfied with his progress, and will be able to use data collected at last week's Monza group test to help determine set-up ahead of qualifying on Saturday.

"The balance of the car is not bad, but we definitely have work to do to improve the performance, especially for qualifying, where our rivals are particularly competitive," he reported, "But our race pace should be good. Monza is Ferrari's home race and I will be doing my best to give the team and all its fans something to be happy about."

Team-mate Felipe Massa confirmed that the Scuderia would not have challenged McLaren for top spot in the second session, having moved towards longer runs.

"We tackled the two free practice sessions in a different way, working mainly on race pace in the afternoon," the Brazilian confirmed, "We still have work to do on the set-up to find the best balance on a single lap but, over a long run, I would say that we are in reasonably good shape."

 

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