Kimi Raikkonen says he will observe team orders to assist Ferrari and his team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the fight for the Formula 1 World Championship title if he is called upon to do so.

Though he remains an outsider for the crown compared with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Vettel's dominant third win of the season in Singapore has kept him on the cusp of the title fight with six races remaining.

With Vettel 49 points behind Hamilton, but only eight shy of Rosberg, coming to the Japanese Grand Prix, Raikkonen is aware he may be requested to play a role if there is a chance Vettel could prove a factor in the title tussle.

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With this in mind, Raikkonen says he is open to doing his bit for the team, even if he admits it would be a tall order for Ferrari to overhaul Mercedes regardless.

"Obviously we hope to have a good end for the championship for both of us, but obviously I'm not really in the championship [fight]. If it comes to that I have no issues with it, I've done it before.

"We're here to fight for Ferrari, so who knows. It's not going to be an easy job. We'll see how the Ferraris here first performs - we wouldn't expect Mercedes to be struggling like they were at the last race.

"They have not been on that pace all year, so we expect them to be more like they've been until the last weekend. Who knows, we'll go out and do our best and hopefully be up there giving ourselves good chances."