McLaren-Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen has said that he has only one aim for the Turkish Grand Prix Sunday, namely to win, as it is the 'only way' to get the championship.

Speaking after taking his fifth pole of the season - and the eighth of his F1 career, the 'ice-man' added though that he is confident he can get the job done as the car is 'very good'.

"I'm pleased to claim the first pole position for F1 in Turkey," he reflected. "The lap was good but not perfect, and I lost a little bit of time in the last sector, but I knew I had some time in hand. We had made some changes to the car overnight and everything worked really well during practice this morning, so we knew we would have a strong chance for pole if everything went well.

"The circuit is great - it's so different from many of the others - especially with the ups and downs. It will be a tough race tomorrow, but I am really looking forward to it. We have a lot to fight for and hopefully we will be able to get the results we need and also put on a good show for the many Turkish spectators who will experience F1 live for the first time.

"For sure, we try to win, that is the only aim for us, it is the only way to try to get the championship. I am pretty confident - we have a very good car. I think the car was not so good in qualifying as it will be in the race. We had some difficulty getting the tyres working on one lap so I am very confident."

As for if he can expect any assistance from team-mate, Juan Pablo Montoya, Raikkonen clarified that there are no team orders.

"We [Montoya and I] will try to score as many points for the team as we can," he added. "We need to fight for both championships and we will see how it goes in the race. We don't have any team orders and we will do our own races and see where we end up."

Raikkonen currently trails championship leader, Fernando Alonso by 26 points, with 6 races - including Sunday's Turkish GP - still to go.

 

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