Reigning Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen had admitted that the destiny of the 2008 crown is now out of his control, as he approaches the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix this weekend fearing that his street circuit curse may strike again.

The Finn heads into the final four races of the campaign sitting some 21 points adrift of the championship lead, and 20 markers shy of Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa, with many suggesting that now is the time for the Scuderia to prioritise the Brazilian's title charge and call on Raikkonen to play a supporting role.

Though he insists that for as long as he still retains a mathematical chance of lifting the laurels he will fight on, the 28-year-old acknowledges he has a considerable mountain to climb.

"The situation in the championship is what it is," Raikkonen mused, "and it doesn't depend anymore only on my results, but on my competitors' results. In theory it's not over yet, but I don't have it under control anymore.

"Last year, in the second part of the season, we had a great set-up for the car and I was able to win many races. It has been much more difficult this year, especially as far as the tyre temperature is concerned, [but] when the temperature is right the car is very competitive.

"Monza was a bad weekend for me, but afterwards we had a good test session at Mugello.
The car had a very good set-up in the last two races on a dry track, and we've tested some new solutions, which will improve the performance.

"I think that we'll have the possibility to win in the four outstanding races, and then we'll see what's going to happen. I will give it my all to make it and to help the team to reach its goals. Only when I no longer have a mathematical chance will I be totally at the service of the team."

Raikkonen's performances for much of 2008 have been patchy to say the least, and the 17-time grand prix winner - who has incredibly not now triumphed since the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona all the way back in April - has by his own admission not enjoyed a strong record around street circuits this season, having notched up just a sole point from the four outings in Melbourne, Monaco, Montreal and Valencia so far this year.

Nevertheless, he is hopeful of giving his championship defence one final kick-start in what will be F1's first-ever night race this weekend.

"Of course when I think of the results I had this year on street circuits, I shouldn't be too optimistic," Raikkonen admitted, "but I still like to race on this kind of track. It's pure emotion, when you find the right set-up for the single-seater and race between the walls.

"I can't wait to get back on the track. I love new challenges, and since we've known the championship's race calendar, I've been waiting for 28 September.

"I don't think that it will be a big problem that we race at night. They've done it already with motorbikes and it was a great experience, and I'm someone who likes to sleep late, so my body will adapt perfectly fine to this unusual time of day.

"In the end it's not important when the race starts. When you put on your helmet and go out to the starting grid, you've such a high adrenaline level that you forget everything else and you just think about giving it everything for the whole race.

"They say that it rains every evening at Singapore, but this shouldn't worry us too much, because everybody will race under the same conditions.

"We'll give it our best at Singapore so that we can fight for the win. I've said it many times - victory is the only objective, the essence of motor racing. I'm not just here for driving; I want to win."

The Maranello-based outfit's team principal Stefano Domenicali, meanwhile, has seemed to drop a further hint that Massa is now the squad's number one hope for 2008 glory, revealing that both drivers recently met with the Prancing Horse's president Luca di Montezemolo, 'who made it very clear that, as usual, Ferrari's simple target come the end of the season is to win both titles'.

"Both drivers will be working towards this target over the remaining four races, knowing that, as always for the Scuderia, the good of the team comes first," the Italian added.


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