Raikkonen still aiming for title

By on Monday, October 1, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that securing a second world championship will be a difficult task, but isn't giving up the fight until it becomes mathematically impossible.

The Finnish racer lies third in the championship but has yet to win a race in 2012.

"You try to do the best you can. This year has been good for the team and we’re doing well in the Championship so I’m happy with where we are and think that we have a good chance to improve. Of course the objective is always to try to win races and to bring home as many points as possible."

When asked about the possibility of snatching the title away from his rivals, Raikkonen reckons it will be a tricky challenge. "I think it’s very difficult to say. There are too many things that could happen over the next few races. I guess if you look at it mathematically then yes, I could, but personally I feel you have to win at least one race to make sure you are World Champion."

"There would have to be some big dramas if I were to take it from Fernando [Alonso] or Sebastian [Vettel] without winning a race, so all I can do is keep moving forward and trying to win. That’s all I set out to do anyway, every time I step into the car."

Raikkonen has emphasised that his Lotus team must make a step forwards after being 'nowhere' in Singapore, where he battled to sixth.

"We should get some new parts and setting up the car the way I like it to be depends on the weather and on the circuit. We know the speed is there in our car, we just have to find the right set-up to maximise it every time", he said.

"We give it our best shot to be on the podium, but the races are going to get more and more difficult with other teams constantly pushing with new development parts. Obviously, we have to make a step forward from Singapore - where we were nowhere - to be fighting for top places. It’s impossible to predict how our car will go in the next races. We have to wait until Friday practice to decide how to approach the race."

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