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No Spa secret - Raikkonen

ESPN Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen: "I don't have any special things that I do here" © Getty Images
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Kimi Raikkonen says there is no secret to his impressive record at Spa-Francorchamps.

Raikkonen has won on four of his last five visits to the circuit, leading many to tip him for victory this weekend. Despite such success, Raikkonen says there have also been poor weekends and that there's nothing different to his driving at Spa than at any other track.

"I don't have any special things that I do here that I don't do at any other places, in the past I guess I just have happened to be in a good place, but we've also had some bad races here too," Raikkonen said. "Hopefully we can have a good, normal weekend and I have enough speed to challenge for the win. That's only what counts, so I don't think that there's something about this place that's better for me than some others."

Raikkonen admitted that while there were no guarantees, he expected to be able to challenge for victory once again this weekend.

"It's not like you come here and suddenly should be good; it can be a disaster. Hopefully we can have a good, normal weekend and I think we should be up there but we don't know yet.

"We have been [challenging for victory] at most of the races this year so I don't see why we shouldn't be."

While qualifying too far from the front has tended to be the Achilles' heel for Lotus so far this season, Raikkonen believes progress is being made in that area and that it won't be as important at Spa.

"It's always important but for sure this is probably not as crucial as at the previous race [in Hungary]. It always helps you; you have less chance to have some problems in the first corner, gives you a more clear circuit and makes your life much easier on Sunday. We try to do the best, we haven't managed to really put it together so far this year. We more or less know the reasons, so hopefully we'll learn from those and start making it better."