Kimi Raikkonen says points for Ferrari were more important than trying to beat team-mate Fernando Alonso in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Late in the race, Alonso - on a three-stop strategy - closed in on the two-stopping Raikkonen and found his way through after a number of failed attempts. An earlier pit stop had cost Raikkonen time and asked if he could have beaten Alonso without the problem, he replied: "Probably yes, but it's the same points for the team.

"In the end in this kind of season it makes no really big difference for myself and for the team as we get the same points."

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Raikkonen also gave short shrift to the on-track battle with Alonso.

"It was normal racing really. I had a bigger fight with Button but obviously it was two places there but that's how it goes."

Focusing on the most positive aspect of the weekend, Raikkonen said his Ferrari was much more to his liking which allowed him to be the only car to stop just twice on his way to seventh place.

"I think over the whole weekend the car has been more normal and I can drive it more normally. It's been definitely better, the tyres lasted pretty well so it's been going in the right way. There's still work to be done, quite a bit as a package but we know that and it's been improving."

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I'm becoming convinced that Kimi's discomfort with the car and particularity, along with history of being able to develop a car to his liking are signs that he is the driver Ferrari needs to turn things around. Alonso seems too enamored with his own talent and "obvious" superiority over the machine to actually contribute to a good Ferrari, and the results speak for themselves historically. Looks like Ferrari is getting its act together again, going with two more recent WDC-winners than Alonso, as well as their last winner.