You have to wonder if Ferrari are really feeling confident ahead of this weekends Hungarian Grand Prix. Are they, rightfully, thinking that this circuit is similar to Monaco? Are they actually confident that they have improved since Monaco and others have not? Are they seriously considering a podium this weekend?
According to Kimi Raikkonen they are. Who can blame him? Rumors of his impending demise at Ferrari are rampant and this is a kinder, gentler Kimi actually talking up their chances instead of telling the world he hasnâ€™t a clue how they will do. He takes in to account the development pace of other teams but still feels bullish on their chances.
“The next race will definitely be the most similar one to the one at Monaco,” said Raikkonen. “This year we gained a place on the podium at Monaco and this is our objective for Budapest.
“We were able to fight for the pole [in Monaco] until the last moment and I think that if we had gained it, the race would have gone in a completely different direction.”
“We’ll re-try in Hungary, but it will be difficult,” said the former champion. “The F60 should adapt pretty well to the track, but we know that all the other teams have improved their cars considerably after the race at Monaco, so there will be fierce competition.
“We’ll get a better picture of the situation on Friday morning after the first free practice.”
Fair enough but if Ferrari have truly started focusing on the 2010 car, as was suggested last week, then they have a lot of work ahead of them this yearâ€¦starting with Hungary.