Kimi Raikkonen insists he is not staying in Formula 1 to make up the numbers, saying he wouldn't have re-signed with Ferrari for another season if he didn't think he could still win races.

Having returned to Ferrari in 2014 - seven years after he landed the world championship title with the team -, though Raikkonen's fortunes have improved significantly in comparison to what was a disappointing comeback campaign, he has still been comprehensively out-performed by new team-mate Sebastian Vettel this year

With the differential in fortunes putting his future with Ferrari in doubt until he was confirmed as staying for 2016 in August, Raikkonen nonetheless heads into the final five races now 99 points behind the German and a with a podium tally comparison of just two to ten.

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Despite this, Raikkonen remains certain he has speed to win races with Ferrari again despite his occasionally indifferent form.

"Hopefully we can win, but that's the aim always," he said. "I wouldn't be here if I didn't believe that. It hasn't been an ideal year, but there's good things and obviously we have to clear up some things from our side to ensure we get results in the end.

"If it happens this year then it happens, if not we try next year again but obviously the aim is to be first."