Raikkonen ready to go for broke 22 Aug 2007
Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen plans to go all out for victories in the final six rounds of 2007. Raikkonen, who trails championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 20 points, knows it is his only chance of securing this year's drivers title.
I will confront these last races in the same spirit I confronted the ones before: I'll try to win and collect as many points as possible and then we will do the maths in the classification, said the Finn.
We have to give our best and hope that those who are ahead of us have slight problems: I don't have much to lose so I can risk more than my colleagues at McLaren. Six races can seem to be only a few, but for the ones who are leading it's a lot.
After holidaying in Finland over the summer break, Raikkonen says he is ready tackle the final phase of the season with renewed vigour. He is also confident that Istanbul Park, venue for this weekends Turkish race, should suit the F2007, which will be sporting some technical updates.
This is certain to be a very busy period, but we are racing on tracks which are amongst my favourites - Istanbul, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps, he said. I think that these are tracks where Ferrari should be very competitive: there are no characteristics that are against us.
The whole team is working together, to try to recuperate the gap in the points: in Maranello they didn't stop working over the last days! I spoke to the technicians and they told me that we have a couple of new developments in the car."
Raikkonen has his work cut out if he is to land his first drivers championship. Not only does he have to haul in Hamilton, he also has reigning champion Fernando Alonso to contend with, as well as his Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa. Hamilton currently has 80 points, Alonso 73, Raikkonen 60 and Massa 59.