Raikkonen hopes for a double

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/A/Apraikkonen.jpg' class='caption'> A victory at the Monaco Grand Prix would be Kimi Raikkonen's second straight in Formula One's most prestigious race.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:40 IST
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Kimi Raikkonen hopes to pull off a double this weekend. A victory at the Monaco Grand Prix would be his second straight in Formula One's most prestigious race, an apt way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of McLaren-Mercedes' first race in F1. It won't be easy. No driver has won two in a row on the quirky street course since Michael Schumacher did it in 1994 and 1995. "To lay the foundation for a good result you have to perform well in qualifying," Raikkonen said. "In Monaco overtaking is almost impossible as the track is so twisty and narrow. Because of this, I am sure we will see some interesting strategies from all the teams. You need to be precise." Raikkonen won last year on the 3.34-kilometer (2.076-mile) circuit, claiming an easy victory from the pole. Defending series champion Fernando Alonso has won three of the six races this season, with two victories for seven-time champion Schumacher and one for Alonso's Renault teammate Giancarlo Fisichella. Alonso has a solid lead in this season's standings, 54-39 over Schumacher and the pair have taken the first two places in the last three races. (AP)

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