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Raikkonen: Anything possible, just like in 2007
20 October 2012
Kimi Raikkonen believes he still has a chance to win the 2012 F1 drivers' title and the Finn only needs to look at how 2007 turned out to know that it is not over until it is over.
The Finn pulled off the seemingly 'impossible' in 2007 with a late fight-back which saw him snatch the crown from Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso and finish the season one point ahead of the McLaren pair.
Following last weekend's Korean Grand Prix he is now 48 points adrift of Sebastian Vettel and 42 behind Alonso and while he knows it isn't going to be easy to get the better of those two, he isn't giving up and has reiterated his determination to 'keep pushing'.
“There's no point setting targets; we just need to keep working as hard as we can to score strong points and see what happens from there,” he said. “In terms of the championship, the gap to Sebastian is quite big now so it will be very difficult to catch him, but we'll keep pushing all the way.
“We have to keep working hard and keep a high level of motivation. Personally I feel my own motivation is very high – like it has always been. I'm keen to get the best results I can. Of course, in 2007 the championship wasn't decided until the last race so anything is possible. Let's see what happens.”
Looking to India meanwhile, Kimi reckons it should suit the Lotus E20 and he is not worried about having never raced there before.
“India is a brand new place for me. Like with Korea, I've never been to the country before which means I've never seen the circuit properly. I'm not like other drivers, so I haven't driven the simulator to learn it, but all in all it's not that much of a tricky situation. I like to go to different places and the challenge of driving a new circuit is always interesting. So far I've learnt tracks after a few laps in FP1 on Fridays. I didn't have any problems learning the Yeongam circuit that way, and I don't expect to have any issues here either,” he added.
“We know this circuit is likely to be very dusty at the start of the weekend so that will make things interesting for the first practice sessions.
“We'll have some new things on the car and it will be our second time with the new exhaust system so hopefully we can make more gains with our pace.
“India should also be pretty hot which should suit us. I'm looking forward to it,” he concluded.
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