Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen has said that he will be going all out for the win this weekend in Japan, conscious that he needs to cut the deficit to the two McLaren drivers'.

Raikkonen is currently third in the drivers' championship - 11 points behind Fernando Alonso and 13 behind Lewis Hamilton, who heads the race for the 2007 drivers' crown.

Speaking ahead of the 15th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Finn added that his position dedicates only one approach.

"I'll face this race just like I faced the ones before, which means that I want to win. We're behind, so actually we don't have any other choice," he explained.

"I've always been able to get to know a new race track very fast. This hasn't changed since I've been racing in Formula 1.

"With three hours of free practice on Friday and one on Saturday morning I don't think that there will be any problems in the qualifying. I always liked to discover new tracks, I really like that feeling it gives me. It's nice to walk down the track on Thursday to get to know all the corners.

"It's difficult to tell who might have an advantage here. We know that McLaren will be very strong, but they know that we will be too. We'll try to go on riding the wave of the 1-2-win at Spa-Francorchamps: the two McLarens are still well ahead and obviously they don't want to make any stupid mistake: I have nothing to lose, but they have to be very careful."

Asked if Fuji International Speedway will suit the F2007, Kimi stated that while it is still too soon to say much, the Scuderia will be doing everything in their power to make the most of their package in Japan - and at the two other remaining grand's prix in China and Brazil.

"This new one is still a question mark, but we should know more tomorrow after practice," he continued.

"We will try very hard at these last three races, trying to win every one. But that is the same as we have done at every race this year.

"I know the Ferrari fans around the world expect a lot from us, but in any case I expect the same for myself so I hope to make them happy. Who knows, maybe the others will have some problems.

"I went around the track here a couple of times this afternoon. It looks like a nice circuit and I think it will make for an interesting weekend."

As for if he has enjoyed this season - his first with the Prancing Horse, Kimi added that he has had no second thoughts about leaving McLaren.

"I have enjoyed the racing this year. It takes time after spending several years with another team to settle in but it has been a good year in terms of the racing and working with the team.

"I have no regrets about changing team and I am happy to be here! The atmosphere here is very good and I am happy with the way things have gone.

"For sure, we had some little issues with reliability but that is part of racing and, unfortunately, has cost us too many points, but we still have a small chance for the championship and we will try and make the most of it," he concluded.

 

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