KIMI RAIKKONEN is hoping for a hot German Grand Prix this weekend in a bid to send shivers down the spines of his Formula One world title rivals.
The reigning world champion currently finds himself in a three-way tie for the lead along with Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.
However, the Finn is currently third on countback as Hamilton and Massa have both won three races each compared to his two, with his last in Spain at the end of April.
The five-race drought for Raikkonen shows no sign of easing if past German Grands Prix are anything to go by as he has retired in six of seven races.
Ahead of Sunday’s event at Hockenheim, that is a concern for Raikkonen who said: “Races in Germany have never gone very well for me.
“Neither Hockenheim nor the Nurburgring have ever brought me luck, although I really like them and I’ve always been competitive at both.
“My strong point in Germany is getting the pole position, which I have managed to claim in the last two races, but for one reason or another victory has slipped through my fingers.”
Raikkonen, though, is confident he will not be off the top step of the podium for too much longer, and to aid his cause this weekend he is looking for the sun to shine.
Although the forecast is mixed, he said: “I hope it will be hot, as it usually is at Hockenheim.
“Our car goes really well at high temperatures, and although it is difficult to overtake, qualifying doesn’t determine the result at other tracks.
“However, starting from the front row will make life much easier.”
Unperturbed by his current form which has seen him finish in the top three just twice in the last five races, Raikkonen knows “every point will be important, just like last year,” he added.