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Nothing to lose for Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that he will be throwing everything into a bid to win the Monaco Grand Prix having qualified his Ferrari on the front row alongside championship leader Jenson Button.

With his own title aspirations ailing following the Scuderia's poor start to the year, the Finn - who already has a Monaco victory from 2005 - has said that winning the race will be valued more highly by both himself and the team than if he produced a safe run to secure points.

"I'm only interested in winning, so I have nothing really to lose," he claimed, "Okay, the team needs points but, in the end, they are happier with a win than just some points. We're not really in the championship."

With just one points finish in five races, and a frustrating retirement last time out in Spain, Raikkonen is keen to capitalise on Ferrari's apparent upturn in form by beating the Brawns this weekend.

"We know that the team has not had a very easy time this year, but we have shown some signs that we are getting better," he confirmed, "We still need to work - this is a special place so, if we have good speed here, I wouldn't say that we would be where we want to be on a good circuit, maybe not as good as Brawn. That's what we're really aiming to improve, so I will definitely try to do everything that I can.

"The car hasn't been too bad here. Since first practice, it has always been getting better once the circuit has been picking up the grip and, in qualifying, the car was good. In first qualifying, it was a bit difficult and I made some mistakes and didn't get a very good lap, but second qualifying was good and, then, in the last one, it was good, but I had one more lap and went off in the first corner, so I don't know if it would have made any difference. However, it was a good result for us, especially in this kind of place. It is nice to be back on the front and, hopefully, we can fight for victory tomorrow."

Raikkonen's front row performance is the best yet for a KERS-equipped car, but the Finn is wary of predicting that he can be in front by Ste Devote.

"Here, it can maybe help a little bit, but it's such a short straight to the first corner, it's very tight, it's very difficult - you need to really have a jump," he reasoned, "It's much better to be able to beat the first guy, but we will try what we can and see what happens.

"I would rather have been in the front - it is nice to be second, but still we lost first place for a small margin. That's what we are aiming for and, once we get there, I will be happy. In any other race, it maybe doesn't make much difference but, here, the difference is much bigger between first and second. However, it is going to be a long race, so we will see what we can do."


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