Kimi Raikkonen says the outcome of the Chinese Grand Prix gives credence to the common motorsport phrase of 'anything can happen' after his faint title hopes got a little bit brighter with victory in Shanghai.

Heading into the race with 17 points between himself and championship leader Lewis Hamilton, Raikkonen needed what seemed an unlikely scenario of him winning and Hamilton failing to finish, but that is exactly what happened.

Seemingly settled in second place, Raikkonen was unable to keep up with Hamilton during a damp first stint and fell almost ten seconds behind his rival. However, when the Brit began experiencing serious tyre problems, Raikkonen quickly caught up and breezed past him into the lead on lap 24.

Still, Raikkonen needed Hamilton to retire from the race if he had any chance of remaining in the title tussle and just one lap later he got his wish when the McLaren slid into the gravel at the pit entrance.

The only impetus he needed to go into cruise mode, Raikkonen switched to dry tyres for his final stint and romped home with a ten second victory over Fernando Alonso, much to his delight.

"I am very happy! It is a really great result for me and the whole team, who done a truly excellent job. We needed this win and we got it. At the start of the race, I had a lot of understeer but then t
the situation improved. I was one of the last to switch to dry tyres but this was a help as after a little while the rain began to fall again.

"Even after the second stop I had a bit of understeer, but as before, the situation improved in the final stages. I knew Alonso was very quick but I was in full control of the situation. The car overall was working well both in the wet and in the dry.

Slashing the margin to seven points, while Raikkonen admits that he still faces a tough task if he is to still come away with a surprise title win in the final round at Brazil, he is at least relishing the challenge.

"Last week in Fuji, we were unlucky but today things went right for us. We have had yet another example that in this sport anything can happen. The situation in the Drivers' classification is still difficult, but I will try everything to win in Brazil, even if the final outcome does not just depend on what we do. It should be a great battle, very hard to predict and interesting."

 

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