Kimi Raikkonen has said that the rivalry between McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso could be the key to him coming out top and taking the 2007 drivers' crown.

Raikkonen goes into the event at Interlagos in Brazil seven points behind Hamilton in the race for the title - and three points behind Fernando Alonso. However despite not only needing to take the maximum points, but also needing his rivals to do badly, the Finn remains upbeat and he is keen to celebrate his recent birthday, he turned 28 on Thursday, in style on Sunday.

"I have no special plans to celebrate before the event. It is better just to focus on the race weekend. I just hope for one present for my birthday and I hope to receive it after the race on Sunday afternoon!" he stated.

"We go to Brazil in position three. So I'm not really the favourite for the title. But as we saw at Shanghai two weeks ago anything can happen. Whatever will happen, it's going to be a very exciting race. We will give it all.

"It is nice to get on going after the Chinese Grand Prix, where I had a very good feeling with the car and the team. We couldn't do very much to prepare ourselves for Interlagos. We have just done some simulations and analyzed the data. Let's hope that everything will be all right for this demanding and bumpy track. I know that the track has been redone, but we have to wait and see.

"I think that our competitors have done their job as we did. There's lots of pressure on both sides. They have two drivers in the race for the title and they also fight each other. Hopefully we can benefit from that.

"At Interlagos we need a strong package, especially the engine is very important for the long rising main straight.

"I will start into this race the same way as into the last two. My aim is to win and the rest is not up to me.

"It is a similar situation as in 2003, when I lost the title to Michael [Schumacher]. But at a certain point during the Japanese GP it was a really close call. Hamilton has seven points more than us: there's not much to calculate. We have to win and that's it."

Asked about the tyres, Kimi was quick to dismiss talk they might have problems with the two compounds chosen for the weekend.

"I've been reading stories that the supersoft tyres should be better for our competitors. That might have been true early in the season. But then things improved for us in terms of the setup," he added.

"So we just have to wait and see how it goes in Brazil. I have been close to winning at Interlagos, but it has never quite paid off. I've finished three times second, which is not that bad at all."

 

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