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Raikkonen chasing a miracle.

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that he needs a miracle if he is to successfully defend the Formula 1 drivers' title after falling further off the championship pace during the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The Finn has endured a difficult season which has yielded just two victories, the last of which came in Spain back in April. Raikkonen has also failed to score on five occasions, and didn't trouble the scorers in the final three events of the European season – retiring with engine problems in Valencia, crashing out at Spa, and taking the flag outside the points in ninth at Monza.

It means he heads into the final four races of the season 21 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the standings, and although he came from behind to take the title last year ahead of Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, Raikkonen admitted it would be tough to make it happen again.

“This sport can be really hard to digest,” he said. “You push, you give it all, but it seems as if won't go in the right direction. It's been a long time without a win for me and even the list of races without points is growing.

“Five times, no points in the standings are really a lot: you don't have to be Einstein to understand that this is not the right way to fight for the title.

“It's not over yet, but now it will take a miracle, like one that makes lightning strike twice.”

Raikkonen admitted however that he was still as determined as ever to succeed and, armed with an extended Ferrari contact under his belt, would be looking to return to the top of the podium before the end of the season.

“Things are definitely not going my way,” he reflected. “Sometimes it happens, but that won't lower my spirit or my determination: nevertheless I want to try to win again this season.

“You never know what will happen in a race. Obviously the team has two goals to reach and they will give their best that they will reach them. I will give my best myself, as usual. I was very happy that I could renew my contract with Ferrari: it's the best team in Formula One. I will never forget what happened last year and I want to repeat it again.”


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Max Todt - Unregistered

September 18, 2008 12:27 PM

KIMI WILL GO FOR ALL OR BROKE IN THE LAST RACES AND THAT MEANS HE WILL CRASH INTO LEWIS MORE OFTEN AND THIS WILL HELP FELIPE BECOME WORLD CHAMPION AND OF COURSE THIS WILL NOT BE UNDER ANY TEAM ORDERS SINCE TEAM ORDERS ARE BANNED AND THIS WILL BE COMPLETELY FAIR AND FIA WILL NOT CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION. THAT IS ALL!

Tim Burr - Unregistered

September 22, 2008 10:58 AM

But he is writing utter rubbish.I agree with freedom of speech completely but surely his utterances are a wind up?By the way note the use of a capital letter in my use of the word Sunny as in noun not sunny without a capital letter as in adjective! :)End of todays grammar lesson! :)



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