Raikkonen looking forward to the British Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen at Magny-Cours 2008Kimi Raikkonen is looking forward to the British Grand Prix and is expecting Ferrari to do well at the track. Raikkonen won last year s race and is hoping that he can make it a repeat performance.

“We expect to be really competitive at Silverstone,” Raikkonen wrote on Ferrari s website. “This week all the teams will test there ahead of the British GP: I’ll drive on Thursday after Felipe has tested two days. I like the track and I have fond memories of it: it’s good to come here with a car that can fight for the win.”

Raikkonen also explained that the team were still unsure what caused the exhaust failure on his car last weekend a fault which saw him surrender the lead of the race to his team-mate.

“I have to admit it has never been better to see the chequered flag,” Raikkonen continued. “Once again we proved you should never give up.

“The team still don’t know exactly what happened. They will do some tests, but it’s difficult to find an answer without the exhaust pipe and with an engine that has been under stress like that for half of the race.

“Obviously I’m sorry that I didn’t win a race where everything went well in the beginning. We have to look at the positive aspects: the team did great work and I gained eight points, although I had a problem, which could have made me retire. And now I’m closer to the top than I was after Canada.

“It’s a hard championship with four drivers close together. We’re not even half way through the season and there are still loads of points to gain. Last year at this point I was 20 points behind.”