Despite adding just a single point in Monaco after making an uncharacteristic mistake in qualifying, Kimi Raikkonen should still be counted among the world championship contenders, claims Jean Todt.

The Finn clipped the barrier in the Swimming Pool section during the second part of qualifying and, without having set a time, immediately restricted himself to 16th on the grid. On a circuit notorious for its lack of overtaking opportunities, the Scuderia decided on a one-stop strategy, eventually managing to lift Raikkonen to eighth position, but he now lies 15 points off joint leaders Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, having also been overtaken by Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa.

Todt, however, insists that the margin is not insurmountable.

"Kimi is still very much a championship contender," the Frenchman claimed, "It's still very open, very open. If there were two races to go, then a 15-point deficit would be impossible, but 15 points with twelve races to go is an average of 1.25 points per race. That is not so much."

 

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