Raikkonen hopes to win in Indianapolis
27 June 2006 – Kimi Raikkonen isn't having his best Formula One season so far. The McLaren driver is third in the championship and is unlikely to be able to fight for the title this season. In the past two races Raikkonen finished third. The Fin though hopes to start racing for the top step of the podium from now on.
Looking ahead of the US Grand Prix Kimi Raikkonen said: "At Montreal, we were able to show the step forward we have made with the MP4-21 and hopefully this week in America we will be able to challenge for the top step of the podium."
"The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a great venue, and it is one of those everyone wants to say they have won at. The fans are also great, they are real petrol heads and I hope we can put on a good race for them this year. The track is all about compromise and is tough on all elements of the car. It is another fast track, like the past two of Silverstone and Montreal. Set-up wise the United States Grand Prix is more similar to Montreal as you have the long straight and slow corners, but you do have to allow for the slower infield section also. You can really challenge for position here, for sure the best opportunity is slipstreaming along the straight section of the oval and pass under braking at the right hander that takes you back into the infield. It also helps that the track is so wide here."