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Raikkonen unconcerned by Monza record

ESPN Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen was third in Spa; his sixth podium finish of the season © Press Association
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Kimi Raikkonen is unconcerned by his record at Monza, having never won the Italian Grand Prix in his career.

Fresh from finishing third at the Belgian Grand Prix - a race he has won four times - Raikkonen is looking forward to Monza despite none of his 18 grand prix victories having come there. In nine attempts Raikkonen boasts a best finish of second for McLaren in 2006, but he said he was hoping to be able to challenge for victory this weekend.

"It's true that I have never won in Italy," Raikkonen said. "For one reason or another things just did not work out for me. It doesn't mean I can't drive the track. Just because I have not won at a circuit in the past it doesn't mean that I won't win or get a good result there in the future. Hopefully we will have a real chance to fight for that victory this time."

Raikkonen admits that he noticed a difference in the atmosphere when he last raced at Monza as a Ferrari driver, and hopes his history with the team would lead to extra support from the Tifosi this weekend.

"Monza is the real home of the Tifosi and there will be a lot of the Finnish fans, too. It's the place where we go really, really fast. It's great to go there with everything working well in the car and seeing how quickly you can go. Last time I raced in Monza I was a Ferrari driver. I have always enjoyed the atmosphere at Monza but it was very special as a Ferrari driver. I hope they will still like to see me racing there even if I could be in front of a Ferrari. I am really looking forward to see all the fans and I think it will be a pretty special feeling if I'm on the podium as a Lotus driver too."