Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen are both out to get one up Michael Schumacher this weekend, as the German seeks to extends his lead at the top of the drivers' table and continue his march towards a record sixth title.

Montoya, who had to settled for second best two weeks ago in Italy, reckons that Indianapolis will favour him more than Suzuka, the final round, in two weeks time. The Colombian currently trails the German by just three points, with a possible 20 still up for grabs.

"We need to keep the ball rolling," commented JPM, "and make the most out of this race because Suzuka is a circuit that really suits Michael's driving style.

"Our car can definitely do well at the Indianapolis speedway as the power of the BMW engine suits the long straight, so I am anticipating a close fight with our immediate rivals. We have two main targets to focus on now: the team needs to secure the constructors' championship and I have to close the gap to Michael in the drivers' standings and, if possible, get ahead of him."

Kimi Raikkonen meanwhile is equally audacious, the Finn who struggled home to finish fourth at Monza, reckons that the picture will be a lot different at the 'Brickyard'.

"I am now looking forward to the US Grand Prix, where the characteristics of the MP4-17D will be more suited to the track than Monza, and we should perform better there," said the Finn, who unlike Montoya, is a further four points adrift. "I need to get a good result as we are now at such a crucial stage of the Championship, and I will be driving flat out to try and achieve this."

Fighting talk then - can they pull it off? All will be revealed on Sunday...

 

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