Alonso's engineer says Raikkonen can win title

By on Friday, August 31, 2012

Photo credit: Lotus F1 Team

Andrea Stella, Fernando Alonso's race engineer at Ferrari, has singled out Kimi Raikkonen as a challenger for the 2012 championship.

The buzz in the sodden Spa paddock is that four-time Belgian grand prix winner Raikkonen is a true contender for Sunday's victory at the wheel of a Lotus.

And the Finn, who in 2007 won the title for Ferrari, is still within shouting distance in the drivers' standings, just a point shy of Lewis Hamilton's fourth place.

"Of course Kimi can challenge Fernando in the championship," Stella told Finland's Turun Sanomat. "He has a good car.

"I remember 2007 very well, when we came from far behind with him right to the top."

Raikkonen, 32, agrees that his 48-point deficit does not mean he cannot win in 2012.

"I have almost as good a chance as anybody else," he said in Belgium.

But Raikkonen also admitted he is not desperate to add a second title to his tally.

"I've always said I am happy that I won one championship," he said. "It's good if there are more, but whether I win more championships or not would not change my life.

"When I have the opportunity, I will try my best," added Raikkonen.

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