Each race is a crucial race for Kimi Raikkonen's championship challenge after the Finn dropped off the pace of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in recent races, but the Finn admits that his performance at Indianapolis could be dependent on how those around him do.

Three races after sharing the points lead with Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, Raikkonen has dropped to fourth place in the standings and is 21 points behind overall leader Hamilton, but Ferrari's current malaise sees the Finn chasing as many points as possible in the United States Grand Prix, rather than being able to target a win..

"Every point is important," Raikkonen said after securing fourth on the grid, crucially ahead of the lead BMW Sauber, "but it all depends on what the other people will do in the race. We will try to do the best race and score as many points as we can. Hopefully, we can win the race as that will help us.

"All in all, fourth place is quite a good result. It was a very close session and we have to take into account the difference in weights between the cars, something which we will not have an answer to until tomorrow afternoon. Of course, I would like to always be ahead of everyone and there is always room for improvement, but I think we can have a good race.

"It is important that there are no other cars between us and our main rivals. The car has gone well so far this weekend, especially in terms of delivering consistent performance on a long run. We will do our best to bring home a good result."

McLaren's rise to prominence, allied to a disappointing race in Monaco, has seen Raikkonen score just five points in the last three races, but he remains focused on the championship.

"Sometimes you have difficult moments in racing and the championship," he explained, "It is not the first time for me. You just need to be patient and work hard and try to get everything right. So it is not too late yet, and we try to get back there."



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