Monaco GP - "I'm not worried about reliability"
Kimi Raikkonen headed for the Monaco paddock Media Centre shortly after arriving at the track, to attend this afternoon's official press conference. Starting on a positive note, Kimi, a past winner on this street circuit described it as "a nice place to be and a fun place to drive."
On to more serious matters and the suggestion that the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver is still having trouble adapting his driving style to the F2007 and in particular to the tyres. "It's true that I have not been so happy with the car at times, but I feel that things are starting to get better now," commented the Finn.
Despite several questions on the theme of his bad luck this season, Kimi insisted on looking at the positive side in terms of his title fight: "We have only had four races so far which means there is a long way to go still," he said. "And with the races so close at the front the points gap between the four of us is not so big, so hopefully I can catch up. Yes, it was unfortunate to retire in Spain, but reliability is not an issue. We understand the problem I had in Barcelona and have fixed it and I do not expect it to happen again and as for the problems in testing last week, they arose simply because we were trying so many new things. Anyway, we knew already in Australia that our F2007 was not yet one hundred percent, so I am not surprised there have been a few problems. We do not get to do so much testing with the new rules and some times, when we have found a good set-up on the car in testing, it is not the same when we come to race a few days later. But I am not worried about reliability and with a long season ahead of us, I will keep fighting and then we will see what happens. Bad luck is part of racing, but I am not new to this sport and I know that sometimes you have to accept it. The Spanish GP was not the first time I have retired from a race and it will not be the last!"