Kimi bullish about victory chances


Kimi Raikkonen was in bullish mood after a successful opening day of practice for the German Grand Prix.

The Finn, who desperately needs to make up ground in the championship on points leader Fernando Alonso, was the fastest race driver and outpaced his title protagonist by almost a full second.

“The car was quick almost immediately, which is always a good sign, and we could spend some more time on our Michelin tyre programme,” said Raikkonen.

“The aim is to win the race and after today’s sessions I’m certain that we have a very strong package which will allow us to do that.”

McLaren test driver Alex Wurz was fastest overall in both sessions, giving the team further cause for optimism that it can deliver a victory at engine partner Mercedes’ home race.

Silverstone winner Juan Pablo Montoya was fourth quickest in the afternoon session and felt that the set-up of his MP4-20 was not yet au point.

“The car looks very competitive compared to the rest of the field, and the Michelin tyres are working well,” he noted.

“However, I’m struggling with the brake balance, which is so important here at Hockenheim.

“I’m sure that we will find a solution to the problem in time for tomorrow’s qualifying.”

Qualifying has not gone according to plan for Montoya this year, partly because he has rarely enjoyed a favourable slot in the running order.

But thanks to his British Grand Prix victory the Colombian will be the last man out in tomorrow’s session and, weather permitting, should benefit from the best track conditions.

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