Never too late or too early to win - Raikkonen

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It feels good to win, always. And also Kimi Raikkonen knows that, winning the French GP after a long wait. "It's never too late or too early to win," said Kimi. "Finally in Magny-Cours everything went the right way in my race and you could see the results. It was a relief: the situation in the championship remains difficult, but this was a great result for the whole team. All the hard work paid off. It's a great reward and it makes things easier, knowing that we are heading in the right direction."

Amongst all the questions after the race, many were about the long break from winning, between Australia and France: "It was not such a particular suffering," said the Finnish driver. "Because we knew about the problems, which didn't allow us to do what we wanted to do. We were able to improve the situation step by step and never lost the faith that sooner or later the results would have come back. And that is how it went. I've never had the slightest doubt that I had lost my qualities as a driver, and I've never lost the faith or the motivation: I knew that we just had to put together the pieces in the right way. Already in Indianapolis we could see that the car went really well in the race and at Magny-Cours this impression has been confirmed: now we have again a winning car. The victory in Melbourne didn't mislead us. We knew that there were still problems, although the F2007 went really well there, compared to our competitors. I've been asked if we now have an advantage: I really can't tell. We have to wait for the British GP to find out."

Before arriving in England, Raikkonen will make a stopover in Turin: "Yes, I've been invited to the presentation of the new Fiat 500 on Wednesday. The next day I will leave for Silverstone, together with Felipe. It was really great to gain the one-two the week after the celebrations of the 60 years of Ferrari: let's hope we can immediately repeat that! Silverstone is really a great place to race: I've always enjoyed racing here. We had a very good test here two weeks ago. If we manage to bring all the latest developments on the track, then I think that Ferrari will be even more competitive than in Magny-Cours. Obviously the gap of our competitors in France is not representative. The situation changes from track to track: we were behind at Indy and ahead at Magny-Cours. It's just a waste of time to think about who will be favoured at Silverstone. We just have to wait until Friday, then we'll know more. As I said before we know that we are heading in the right direction as far as the development of the car is concerned; and I have a real good feeling with it, too. I can't wait to get back on the track and stepping once again on the podium!"

Source Ferrari