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The former world champion, having resumed a struggle for pace at Barcelona, said his best hope for pace is grands prix that require softer tyres.

"I'm very happy I had Imola," Sauber's JV revealed, "because, if not for that result, it would have been very difficult to be here.

"As long as we have a few good races, like at Imola, then I think we'll be alright."

F1's grid of 20 drivers will be kept busy in the next 10 or 11 weeks. In that space of time, no fewer than eight grands prix will be staged.

"It's a hectic time," Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella agreed in Monaco, "but honestly I'd prefer to do more races than more testing."

Similarly, Kimi Raikkonen insisted that, although he'll be practicing at the Nurburgring in about a week, a driver's preparation is identical.

"I'm happy to go racing," said the Spanish grand prix winner, "and at least you get (races) over with quickly." -GMM

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