Though he may not be returning to the scene of his greatest success in Formula 1 to-date in a position to defend his hard-won drivers' crown, Kimi Raikkonen admits he would like nothing more than victory in Brazil this weekend to end a 'not so positive' campaign in 2008 on a more positive note.

The Finn officially dropped out of title contention following the Japanese Grand Prix earlier this month, but he has conceded that he knew his hopes of back-to-back championship triumphs were over when he crashed away a possible win - and certainly at least the runner-up position - in the closing stages of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps five weeks earlier.

Though it has been far from a sparkling season for the 17-time grand prix winner - who has stood atop the podium on just two occasions and been routinely out-performed by Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa in both qualifying and the races - in the last two grands prix he has appeared to rediscover something of his old mojo.

As such, he heads to Interlagos knowing he has a realistic chance of victory - provided he is not called upon to aid Massa's title challenge.

"We're ahead of the season's last race and the last possibility to taste the pleasure of racing for a while," reflected the recently-turned 29-year-old. "This is what a driver loves most - putting on the helmet and fighting for the win.

"I want to fight for victory in Brazil and celebrate a good result with the team; this would give me a good feeling for the winter and the upcoming season, [because] there are not so many positive things for me I achieved over the last season.

"We have to analyse every single detail of what happened and try to learn from our mistakes to improve everything for next year - but now we have to give it all at the last race of the 2008 season.

"I'm happy to be in Brazil again. Interlagos is a track where there are often really exciting races. We drive anti-clockwise here, which is very demanding, but more than anything else this place reminds me of something very special. Last year I won the race and the title, something really extraordinary.

"The Ferrari [has] very often [gone] very well on this track, and I hope it will be the same this year. We're fighting for both titles, just like in 2007. We'll try [for] a one-two win again. Winning the constructors' championship is very important for every team, and even more so for Ferrari."

To do that, the Scuderia needs to score just seven points in S?o Paulo, regardless of how many McLaren-Mercedes notch up, and though Raikkonen expects another supremely tough duel between the scarlet machines and the Silver Arrows weekend-long, he is in optimistic mood after seemingly returning to form on Saturday afternoons in recent weeks.

"After the Chinese Grand Prix I relaxed a bit," he related. "I went to Switzerland to meet my friend Anton Alen, Markku's son, who was driving a rally there. It was great seeing him in action. I didn't have to do anything in particular to charge my batteries for Brazil; that comes naturally.

"I have had some pretty good results in this race, but last year's victory was the icing on the cake. We have to wait for Friday's practice sessions to see what our chances might be this year. It will be very hard with McLaren in qualifying, [but] over the last two races I had a much better feeling with the car in Q3, when I had a bigger fuel load. It's important to believe in the car and the possibility to attack - this is what makes the difference.

"I hope that we can find the right set-up, after we've been very close a couple of times. At the beginning of the year things went very well, but then we lost track and we couldn't get back. It has been a very long year and I can't wait to have a break.

"There will be several new rules for next season and we will have to work a lot during the winter, but before I go on holiday it will be great to go back to Mugello for a second time for the Ferrari World Finals. This is a very special event for all the Ferraristi. It would be even better if we had a world championship title with us to celebrate. I couldn't win the drivers' title this year, but I assure you that I'll try again next year."


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