BMW Sauber F1 ace Robert Kubica is determined to do all he can to stay ahead of Kimi Raikkonen - and take third place in the drivers' championship this coming weekend in Brazil.

Kubica heads to the season finale at Sao Paulo's Interlagos circuit having notched up 75 points thus far - 6 more than the Finn - and having scored points in every single grand prix bar three, is eager to maintain that consistency, something that should guarantee the 2007 F1 champion doesn't get in front.

The Pole finished fifth in Brazil in '07, while he was ninth in 2006, all of which further suggests he should be pretty competitive.

"Brazil is traditionally the final race of the season, and Interlagos is a very demanding and interesting circuit," he stated.

"My first race there was in 2002 in Formula Renault, and I've been back with the BMW Sauber F1 Team for the last two years.

"Interlagos is physically very tiring because we drive the circuit anticlockwise. That's something we're not used to, and we feel it especially in the neck. I'm currently third in the drivers' standings, six points in front of Kimi, and, of course, it's my aim to defend this position."

Kubica's team-mate Nick Heidfeld meanwhile currently lies fifth in the standings, nine points behind Raikkonen and seven ahead of Renault's resurgent Fernando Alonso.

Heidfeld, in contrast to Kubica, will line up with the same power-train as in China and while he is glad the championship hasn't been decided - something that is good for the fans and the sport, his main concern is the track and just how bumpy it will actually be.

"The layout at Interlagos track is excellent and it is very demanding on the drivers - not least, of course, as far as our neck muscles are concerned," he added.

"What I'm curious to see though is whether the track is still the same as it was in 2007. It was a nice surprise last year, as the track's surface used to be really bad and very bumpy. It was always being patched up, but it was only when the track was re-asphalted ahead of the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix that it really became a good surface."


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