Raikkonen hopes for a double

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

A victory at the Monaco Grand Prix would be Kimi Raikkonen's second straight in Formula One's most prestigious race.

Raikkonen hopes for a double

Monte Carlo:

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)



Topics : Honda Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen Jenson Button Ferrari
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