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Raikkonen out to end torrid campaign with victory.

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.”

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ian corper - Unregistered

October 30, 2008 3:05 PM

Kimi wont be allowed to win by the team if Massa is behind him on the track, and Hamilton is anywhere in the top eight. Sorry Kimi your riding shotgun on this one.

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