Kimi Raikkonen claims Lewis Hamilton cost him the chance to challenge for pole position in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but says he isn't willing to pursue the matter further.

Somewhat overshadowed throughout the day by Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa racing on home ground, Raikkonen was hoping to keep his slim title hopes alive with a strong qualifying effort, but will instead start in the middle of the championship fight in third place.

Whilst unlikely necessarily to challenge Massa's pole position, Raikkonen believes an all-red front row was possible had he not been baulked by Hamilton's out-lap at turn four.

Although Hamilton has since apologised, Raikkonen admits he was frustrated to be on the second row of the grid but claims he is not interested in seeking a punishment for the Brit.

Nonetheless, the Finn is confident his strategy is the right one to at least come away with victory. As for the title, that is likely to depend on the actions of others...

"Of course it would have been better to be on pole position but third place is certainly no bad thing and leaves me in a good position for tomorrow's race, also in light of the strategy we have chosen and the performance of the car.

"On my final flying lap, I lost precious time at turn 4 because of Hamilton: it is a real shame but there is no point in recriminations over what has happened. I am confident that I will be able to keep my chances alive right to the end."



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