Raikkonen: Third will be hard to keep
|By Pablo Elizalde||Tuesday, August 25th 2009, 16:04 GMT|
Kimi Raikkonen believes it will be hard for his Ferrari team to retain third place in the constructors' championship this season.
Although the Italian squad has made progress since the start of the campaign, the Maranello outfit decided to stop development on this year's car.
Rival McLaren is now in fourth position, just five points behind and with a bigger momentum than the Italians.
Despite Raikkonen finishing on the podium at the European Grand Prix last Sunday, the Finn is aware that keeping third place will be a difficult goal to achieve.
"I really enjoy winning, but even a third place can give you some good feelings," said Raikkonen.
"We started into the European GP from the sixth position on the starting grid, we had a good start and we managed to gain another place on the podium: we can hardly expect more than this.
"With the points we gained, we are still ahead of McLaren in the constructors' championship. This is our goal as a team, but it's very difficult to reach, considering that we stopped developing this car, concentrating on the one for the upcoming season."
The Ferrari driver said his target for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix is to repeat the Valencia feat and be in the top three again.
"The main goal is to hold the standard of the last races, which means that we have to try to get on the podium again," he added.