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Raikkonen: It’s not over yet - but it will take a miracle 18 Sep 2008

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Hockenheim, Germany, Thursday, 17 July 2008 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 14 September 2008

Reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that his chances of retaining his crown are now almost zero after he failed to score for the third race in succession at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen has not won a race since April’s Spanish Grand Prix, and while Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa is just one point shy of championship leader Lewis Hamilton, the Finn has slumped to fourth in the standings, 21 points adrift, with just four rounds of the season remaining.

“You don't have to be Einstein to understand that this is not the right way to fight for the title,” said Raikkonen. “It's not over yet, but now it will take a miracle, like one that makes lightning strike twice.”

As at the preceding round at Spa, Monza saw Raikkonen struggle to find any grip in the cool, damp conditions. Only when the track surface dried late in the race was he able to show his true pace, clocking another fastest lap, his ninth of the season.

“I didn't lose my driving ability on the wet, but when you don't have any grip under certain circumstances, there's hardly anything you can do,” he said. “You can just try to stay on the track and hope that the situation will change, as happened at Monza. At a certain point it was as if a light had been turned on and I could attack in every corner, but by then it was already too late.”

Raikkonen is testing with Ferrari at Mugello this week in preparation for the next round of the season, the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, a race at which he hopes the climate may be more conducive to success.

“The possibility to race at a new city circuit is really something great,” he said. “It will be a very interesting experience for all of us. The atmosphere will be very exciting and the hot and humid weather might work to our advantage.”