Kimi Raikkonen Q&A

In only his third year as a grand prix driver Kimi Raikkonen heads into this weekend's Japanese GP with a chance of winning the world championship. It's a long shot of course, since he has to win with Michael Schumacher failing to score, but it could happen. Kimi has won only won race this year but it's easy to overlook the fact that he was leading when his engine failed at the Nurburgring. That effectively cost him 11 points relative to Michael Schumacher, so the picture could have been very different. Adam Cooper spoke to the Finnish star

Kimi Raikkonen Q&A



"I don't know. It doesn't matter which number you have, but it would be nice to win it. I always try to win the races, but it's not so easy. We've only managed to win one but hopefully we can win another. You always try to win, but it's better to finish second or third if you cannot win. It helps if you finish the races in the points."



"I don't know. We will see how it goes. We will try to do it, but it's not so easy."



"Not really. We knew the car was better than it was last year, because we did so much work over the winter. But we didn't really expect to be as good as it was."



"It's been OK. In some races we haven't had as good results as we were hoping, whether it's been my mistake or some of the other things that have broken on the car or happened during the race. But that's racing, and it happens to all the people."



"For sure 10 points would have been better, but I guess it's easy to say if we had finished all the races we would have had this many more points. But the other guys have also had bad luck and bad races. If you would count all of them, those points, it would be pretty much the same situation again. It is what it is now, and it doesn't help if you start thinking 'If we would have done this differently'."



"Not really. We do our own thing on the race weekends. Sometimes he's quicker, sometimes I am. There's not really anything he can help me with."



"It doesn't really change how it is. We just try to do our own stuff, and if we can beat the rest it's good, if not, we cannot do more."



"Not really. The new tyres for us were quicker, and from what I've heard, it has been for the other teams. It's all sorted now and we have to get the best out of the tyres."



"Yeah, a little bit, because there were a lot of hopes in the [new] car, and the car itself is not too bad. It just came out too late and had too many little problems, and when we were in this situation in the championship it was much better to keep on using the 17D."



"Yeah, but you need to finish the races. It doesn't matter how good you are if you don't finish the races."



"Hopefully it will work well for next year. We should be ready quite early with next year's car, and we should have enough time to test it and get it quicker by then."

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