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Raikkonen defiant as he heads to China 02 Oct 2007

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Fuji Speedway, Fuji, Japan, Sunday, 30 September 2007 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2007 
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Fuji Speedway, Fuji, Japan, Sunday, 30 September 2007

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen has vowed not to give up on his title hopes, despite his 17-point deficit to championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Raikkonen, who finished third at the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend, is determined to make the most of the remaining two races.

“Obviously, we have just a little hope for the championship,” said the Finn on his official website. “But it is better to have a slight hope than no hope at all. We are fighters and we will prove it again. It looks like Hamilton has it wrapped up, but we will not give up. At least we will try to make it more difficult for them by winning these last two races.”

With the disappointments of the Fuji Speedway behind him, Raikkonen says he is now looking forward to the final two Grands Prix. He also revealed that he is confident that the F2007 will perform well at this weekend’s Chinese event.

“I still believe we had the speed to win the Japanese Grand Prix,” he explained. “I have never won in Shanghai, but I have finished second and third there. Shanghai suits us as well as any other place. We will push hard until the very finish and on Sunday evening we hope to have the best feelings again.”

Raikkonen will certainly have his work cut out if he is to land his first drivers’ title this season. His tally of 90 points to Hamilton’s 107 means the Finn will have to win the Chinese race - and the British driver finish no higher than sixth - if he is to stay in the running.