Kimi Raikkonen has hit out at those writing off his chances to take the title this year following disappointing results, particularly in the last two events in Monaco and Spain.

The Finn currently lies fourth in the drivers' standings with 23 points, 10 behind his Ferrari team-mate, Felipe Massa and 15 off McLaren-Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, who both have 38 points on the board.

Speaking prior to this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix though, the 'ice-man' insisted that he can get back into contention, especially as there is still more than two thirds of the season to go.

"I am fourth, 15 points behind the leader: that's not an abyss and with some good results, accompanied maybe even by some mistakes of the other competitors, the situation will change," he noted. "Just as Todt said, if I was behind like that two races before the end of the season, my chances would be almost nil; but with twelve races to go it is not a gap I can't bridge.

"True, the races in Barcelona and Monte Carlo did not go very well for me, but I think I can still fight for the title. I'll do my best to always get as many points as possible and then we will see how the standings are. I learned that in Formula One you can very quickly pass from being a hero to being a nobody: that's the nature of this sport. I can just do my homework well and give the best I can of myself."

Asked about this weekend's event at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Kimi added that he will tackle it free from any thoughts of his gaff in qualifying two weeks ago at the Principality that heavily compromised his race.

"Montreal is the first of four races in five weeks and we also have a test session at Silverstone between the second and the third race. The disappointment from Monaco has been stored in the archives. Now my batteries are fully charged for Montreal," he continued.

"We had two days at Le Castellet [prior to the Monaco GP] to prepare for the Canadian race and we had positive results; although you can never be completely sure, even if the two tracks are quite similar but not identical. What is sure is that I can get the max out of the car: this is a feeling I had at Paul Ricard but also during the free practice at Monte Carlo."

As for any predictions on how he will go, Raikkonen remained tight lipped, although he is confident that the Ferrari F2007 will be closer to the McLaren MP4-22.

"I have never driven a Ferrari in Montreal or at Indy; so I really can't know how it will work on these two tracks, but I know that traditionally the Scuderia is very strong here; that is a real encouragement. I'm sure that we will not be a minute behind McLaren, as it was the case in Monaco," he summed-up.

 

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