Japanese GP - Ferrari - PreviewKimi Raikkonen
pulled five points on title rival Lewis Hamilton last time out at Spa Francorchamps and heads to Japan 13 points behind the championship leader.
With three races remaining, Raikkonen knows that nothing but a win is expected,
while Felipe Massa may well have to defer to his more experienced team-mate as they seek another one-two result. While only seven points behind Raikkonen, Massa is now effectively out of the championship chase heading to Fuji Speedway.Kimi Raikkonen
"Honestly, I've seen the track only in the papers. I read that our car would not adapt perfectly to this kind of track, but I know that our team has worked very hard, so we can be competitive during the weekend.
"I know that some drivers prepared themselves for this race using simulators, but to be honest, that's something I don't like: I've never played with a Playstation, never used simulators and I think that my performance did not suffer at all! I'll face this race just like I faced the ones before, which means that I want to win.
"We're behind, so actually we don't have any other choice. I've always been able to get to know a new race track very fast. This hasn't changed since I've been racing in Formula One.
With three hours of free practice on Friday and one on Saturday morning I don't think that there will be any problems in the qualifying.
"I always liked to discover new tracks, I really like that feeling it gives me. It's nice to walk down the track on Thursday to get to know all the corners. It's difficult to tell who might have an advantage here. We know that McLaren will be very strong, but they know that we will be too. We'll try to go on riding the wave of the one-two-win at Spa Francorchamps: the two McLarens are still well ahead and obviously they don't want to make any stupid mistake: I have nothing to loose, but they have to be very careful."
"Now we have three more races. As usual, I will do my best to get the better result for the team. In Ferrari, our main priority is the interest of the team. However, there is a lot to do, but you never know what might happen. The Japanese will be a new adventure for all of us with a new venue and a new track layout."