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Raikkonen: Odd grid makes win possible

Kimi Raikkonen believes the unexpected grid for the Belgian Grand Prix could present him with the opportunity to take Ferrari's first win of 2009.

The former world champion starts sixth for today's race behind pole-sitter Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld, Rubens Barrichello and Robert Kubica. Of those drivers only Barrichello has been a consistent front-runner and won the last race at Valencia.

In addition to this, Raikkonen's is the only car in the top ten equipped with KERS, which could prove a distinct advantage on the run out of La Source on lap one.

"It would be stupid to say that I don't believe [we can win]," he said after qualifying on Saturday. "We are here to win races, so it is not a big surprise. Yeah, probably we have a better chance with this kind of grid than one with Red Bulls and Brawns and other teams at the front.

"So I think there will be quite a lot of changes at the front tomorrow."

Raikkonen added that sixth on the grid was all that was possible from the F60 at Spa, but that he expected the car to perform better on a heavy fuel load.

"I don't think we could go much faster," he said. "This is probably the maximum that we can get, you can easily see the lap times in low fuel - we are always a bit behind - but it helps us when we put a bit more fuel in the car.

"For tomorrow's race it is definitely looking different to normal, so I think it looks like a more open race situation than usual. So we will see what we can do."

more at http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/78167

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