Raikkonen: podium eases pressure

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Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari’s pilot, finished third this weekend at Monaco giving the beleaguered team a reprieve from what many were suggesting was its untimely death in the 2009 season. Ferrari seem to have been the one team to make the turn around from an outrageously poor start to the season joining the ranks of McLaren, BMW and Renault.

“We need to be happy after a very difficult start to the season,” the 2007 world champion said after finishing third in the Monaco Grand Prix behind the Brawns of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa was fourth.

“The people have been working very hard at the factory and here at the circuit, so we improved the car very quickly once we realised we can do something different with the rules,” said Raikkonen.

“I think, overall, we’re not fast enough really yet to fight for first place but we need to be happy; we’ve still got good results for the team compared to what we had in previous races this year,” said Raikkonen.

“It’s disappointing to finish third but good for the team and for sure we’re happier now as a team and we’re scoring points. We’ll probably get a little more peace now from everyone as a team.

“We’re coming back but it will take a while before we’re exactly where we want to be but we definitely made big steps in recent months.”

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