Raikkonen Predicts Tough Race

Kimi Raikkonen is predicting a tough time in tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix, despite team boss Ron Dennis backing him to win the race

The Finn will start from 11th on the grid after having his engine changed before qualifying and believes he is in for a hard afternoon's work - despite the clear advantage his McLaren MP4-20 has over the rest of the field.

"It (the engine change) is not very good for the weekend, but we have been quick all weekend and the car is good," said Raikkonen. "Unfortunately the engine let go on the last lap in practice, but at least I did the best I could.

"I think we have the speed and good tactics, so we will see where we end up. It is going to be a hard race and hopefully we will have a good result."

The only consolation for Raikkonen is that overtaking at Monza is at least a bit easier than at other tracks on the calendar.

"We have had a very fast car this weekend and also last week in the test," he added. "There is a better chance to overtake here than other places, but being in the middle of the pack is not the perfect place to be. It is going to be difficult."

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