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Kubica: Approach won`t change.


Robert Kubica will take a leaf out of Kimi Raikkonen's book over the final two races of the 2008 F1 world championship, despite heading into the Chinese Grand Prix decidedly closer to the top of the standings than the Finn was a year ago.

Approaching Shanghai in 2007, Raikkonen needed a good result to prevent his fingertip grip on a championship shot from being loosened altogether and, despite things not appearing to his way early on, fate intervened in the shape of a poor strategic call by McLaren and a waiting gravel trap, and the Ferrari man not only lived to fight another day, but also went on to snatch the crown from under the noses of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

Kubica, meanwhile, goes to China just twelve points adrift of Hamilton, where Raikkonen needed to make up 17, and is refusing to give up hope that the title may come his way even if everybody else is talking about the Hamilton-Felipe Massa battle.

"My approach is pretty much the same as usual, as it has been all season, [whether] I had zero points after the first race or, after seven races, I was leader of the championship," the Pole pointed out, "I'm always trying to do my best and trying to score as many points as possible.

"We are, of course, trying to maximise the potential of this car, which we have seen lately is maybe not the fastest, but is the most reliable. For sure, that's a key point, but still, for the last two races, [being] twelve points behind, I think the two drivers in front of me have much more to lose than I have to win.

"Of course, it will be good to have the fastest car, to be able to fight for poles and to be able to win races - and, at that point, I would say I have some chance because in normal conditions I would be able to fight. There is no secret that, lately, we have dropped off pace-wise. Additionally, Renault and Toyota were quicker than us in Fuji, so that makes my life, and the team's, much more difficult to compete against Ferrari and McLaren.

"But the last few races have shown up that everything is possible, due to the weather, due to the safety car, due to the first corner accident in Fuji. Racing is unpredictable, so that's why we should try to do our best."

His Montreal win aside, consistency been the watchword of the season for BMW Sauber and Kubica admits that, with development of the F1.08 largely believed to have stopped after Canada, it has been the only reason why he is still in with a shout of the title.

"I think the only way to stay in the championship was with consistency and reliability," he agreed, "It was just great this season. Compared to last year, we have made very big progress.

"Last year, we had many technical issues but, this year, none, so the biggest steps were there comparing last year from this year. That is why we are still in the game. Of course, our position is not the best but, if I am still among three drivers who can fight for the championship, it is due to reliability which is 100 per cent perfect this season."


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