Nothing to lose for Raikkonen in China

Thu, 4 October 2007, 01:20

Ferrari has already wrapped up the constructors’ championship due to the exclusion of McLaren and heading to the penultimate race of the season, Kimi Raikkonen still has a mathematical chance to take the drivers’ championship. However, with 20 points up for grabs in China and Brazil, Raikkonen – 17 points adrift – acknowledges that his chances are very slim and that Lewis Hamilton will almost certainly be crowned champion.

Raikkonen, like Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, is chasing his fifth win of the season this weekend at Shanghai.

Kimi Raikkonen
“It looks like Hamilton has wrapped it up, but we will not give up. At least we try to make it more difficult for them by winning these last two races. Now we are heading for China. I have never won in Shanghai, but I have finished second and third there. It is quite normal circuit. Shanghai suits us as well as any other place. Just let’s wait and see, how it starts to go there. We push hard until the very finish and on Sunday evening we hope to have the best feelings again.

Jean Todt
“If we won’t bring back to Maranello – together with the constructors’ title – also the drivers’ title, it is, because we didn’t have enough reliability. It’s enough to have a look at the championship: we lost some very important points – and I’m thinking about the problems Felipe had in Australia, Great Britain and Italy and the ones Kimi had at Barcelona and at the Nurburgring. With these points we would be really close to the actual leader in the championship.”

“We have two very good drivers, who have demonstrated that they can work together and know that the concerns of the team come first when it is necessary. This will always remain a positive season, although there were some moments, when we really suffered and which did no good to Formula One.”

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