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Raikkonen looking for 2009 Spa repeat

Wednesday 20th August 2014

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Raikkonen looking for 2009 Spa repeat

Raikkonen looking for 2009 Spa repeat

Kimi Raikkonen is hoping this year's Belgian GP will prove to be a high point in his season as it was the last time he raced a Ferrari at Spa.

Raikkonen has a mixed record racing Ferraris at the Belgian track as he either wins or he falters.

In 2007 and 2009 he claimed the race win while in 2008 he crashed out in rain.

This year, though, Raikkonen is hoping particularly for a repeat of 2009 as his Spa win came at a time when he was having a few troubles with his car.

"Last time I drove here in a Ferrari I won, and that was in a year when we had been struggling since the start," he revealed.

"But," he added, "in Spa we managed to get things going a bit more in the right direction and it would be good if the same thing could happen this year.

"That would hopefully mean the racing would be a bit more fun. It's always more fun when we get the results!"

The Finn, like many of his rivals, is a fan of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit with its long straights and sweeping corners.

"Spa is probably my favourite circuit because it's an old-style track which climbs and drops through the forest and I like the fact it's fast and flowing. Also, it usually provides good racing to watch for the spectators.

"I think you can make a difference as a driver at every part of the circuit, but as with every track, it's a combination of factors.

"At Turn 1, the hairpin, you can actually lose or gain a lot of time and you need good speed out of it because after it comes the very long straight including Eau Rouge.

"That corner has been easily flat out for quite a long time now, although actually, with this year's cars, that might not be the case."

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