Ahead of McLaren’s launch in Germany today, Ferrari debuted their new machine – the F2008 – at the teams Fiorano track in Northern Italy this morning. Kimi Raikkonen took to the cold tarmac lined with hundreds of adoring tifosi and will continue to shakedown the car and test systems for the rest of the day, light permitting (Fiorano is currently hiding under light fog). The car will get its first serious test at Jerez next week where both drivers will get a chance to play with the 2008 challenger, said to still be under serious development.
We are really satisfied with the new car and its modifications. The cockpit is tighter and also the car is smaller. We have to be ready for these changes. Kimi Raikkonen.
Regarding the obvious competition from McLaren and BMW, combined with the worry of a resurgant Renault following Fernando Alonso’s return to Enstone, Raikkonen was cautious, but optimistic in his approach to his first title-defending season.
We have to see how the test sessions and the first grands prix of the season will go. McLaren will be there for sure. And then there’s BMW. It will be a difficult year. Kimi Raikkonen.