Ferrari needed the Magny-Cours victory
Kimi Raikkonen obtained his first podium finish since the Bahrain succes, on 14th of April.
When he arrived in France he had seven points behind Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa and with the media highlighting his struggle as replacement to Ferrari’s retired seven times world champion Michael Schumacher.
With Massa on pole position for the fourth time in eight races, while Raikkonen started third, it looked as if the hr might have to play a supporting role again on Sunday.
Raikkonen said that this double victory was exactly what Ferrari needed.
"The work starts paying off now. It took maybe longer than we expected, but in the end it is good that we got the win and are back in the right place now" said Kimi in a press interview.
"I think we are back where we expected to be," added the Finn, still 22 points off Hamilton’s tally of 64 but just five adrift of Massa and eight behind McLaren’s double world champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso.