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Raikkonen: I'm still in the title hunt 07 Jun 2007

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 24 May 2007

He may have scored just one point in the last two races, but Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen remains confident he could be crowned world champion this season. With 12 races to run, Raikkonen believes he has plenty of time to catch McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, who are currently top the drivers’ standings with 38 points each.

“We are now fourth in the championship and 15 points behind the leaders,” explained the Finn on his official website. “The gap is not that big and my position is not that miserable, not at all. A couple of good races for us and a couple of bad ones for the competitors and the whole situation would look totally different.”

After setting the benchmark by winning the opening event in Melbourne, Raikkonen has struggled to match that level of performance. Third places in Bahrain and Malaysia garnered valuable points, but his early retirement in Spain and his eighth-placed finish in Monaco have seen him fall behind the competition.

“The last two results have not been good for me,” he remarked. “However I feel I am still very much in with a chance of fighting for the championship. I will do my best to finish and win as many races as possible.”

With the paddock heading to Montreal for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, things are looking up for the Finn. He enjoyed a successful test at Paul Ricard last month, while driving on the longer Montreal-style circuit configuration, and topped the timesheets twice.

“The car felt very good, but you never know how it goes when you do not test at the same circuit where you race,” he added. “One thing is for sure, McLaren will not be a minute ahead of us, like they were in Monaco.”

Raikkonen has competed in six Grands Prix in Montreal and has won once, in 2005, from seventh on the grid for McLaren.