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Raikkonen: I have little to lose.


World champion Kimi Raikkonen heads into the Japanese Grand Prix with just one thought in mind - to win the race and help Ferrari's cause in the constructors' championship.

The Finn has made no secret of the fact that he is not going out of his way to aid team-mate Felipe Massa's title bid but, with the Brazilian down in fifth spot on the grid at Fuji, Raikkonen is more able take the fight to poleman Lewis Hamilton - and free from the pressure of being conservative.

"I don't have much to lose," he said phlegmatically, aware that he is only an outside bet to land back-to-back championships, "For sure, we want to try to win both championships, but it is not going to be easy against McLaren.

"I will do the best job I can tomorrow and, hopefully, we can fight for the win - and, if we can get it, that would be nice. I don't look to the championship that much now. I'll just try and go and win some races and finish with a nice three last races of the season. That would be good.

"{My chances are] as small as they was last year, but it seemed to happen last year, so I try to win races and that's all really. We want to win both championships as a team, so we will see what we can do. I think that we should have a strong car tomorrow and we see if we can win - but, if not, we'll try to take the maximum points from the races. But we definitely just want to go for wins in the last three races and see where we end up."

Despite being back on the front row for the first time since Magny-Cours, Raikkonen was not entirely happy with the way his F2008 was performing.

"It is nice to be back, but it is still not where I want to be," he said, "I'm second but still not very happy with how things are going. I am still not happy with the car and it is quite frustrating. Usually, qualifying has been the worst place for us, but we should be strong in the race. I think I was happier with more fuel in the car. I'm still not where I want to be, and it's been fighting, fighting all the time with the car, but, little by little, we will get to where we want to be in the end.

"Like I said, it has not been easy lately in the races, but we have done a lot of work and finally we have got a little result out of it. It is good to be here and it is a good place to start with tomorrow."


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