Cool Kimi calms optimism before Sepang

Tue, 3 April 2007, 09:34

Championship leader Kimi Raikkonen has vowed to keep Ferrari’s current dominance in perspective as formula one prepares to race this weekend in Malaysia.

After winning in Australia, the Finn admits that his F2007 is likely to again set the pace at Sepang but insisted that the red machine is not perfect.

“Our race pace in particular is strong,” Raikkonen, 27, told the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat while he holidays off the coast of Malaysia.

“But we still need to improve our pace on a fast lap.”

Also moderating Kimi’s optimism ahead of the ultra-hot Malaysian grand prix is a lingering concern about his qualifying and race engine, which nearly overheated at Albert Park.

“To have the best chance for the championship, you have to get top finishes, especially from the first races,” said Raikkonen.

An engine change prior to Sunday’s race will cost him ten places on the grid.

He continued: “To win you need points from every race.

“Obviously the situation is a whole lot different if the engine has to be changed,” Raikkonen said, referring to Sepang.

“It will limit our strategy, and that will make it much more difficult to be on top.”

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