Räikkönen targets 2009-like revival at Spa
19 August 2014 – Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen says he is hoping to revive his 2014 season as he returns to his 'favourite' circuit for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.
Räikkönen has won at Spa Francorchamps on four occasions but has endured a difficult period in 2014, having mustered just 27 points across the opening 11 rounds of the year to lie in 12th positon in the Championship.
But the Finn cites his 2009 season, in which he won in Belgium after a troublesome start, as inspiration for the current campaign.
"Spa is probably my favourite circuit because it's an old-style track which climbs and drops through the forest and I like the fact it's fast and flowing," he said.
"I think you can make a difference as a driver at every part of the circuit, but as with every track, it's a combination of factors. At La Source you can actually lose or gain a lot of time and you need good speed out of it because after it comes the very long straight including Eau Rouge.
"That corner has been easily flat out for quite a long time now, although actually, with this year's cars, that might not be the case.
"Last time I drove here in a Ferrari [in 2009] I won, and that was in a year when we had been struggling since the start. But in Spa we managed to get things going a bit more in the right direction and it would be good if the same thing could happen this year. That would hopefully mean the racing would be a bit more fun. It's always more fun when we get the results!"