Raikkonen: It's time for maximum attack

McLaren's world championship challenger Kimi Raikkonen has vowed he will drive "flat out" in this weekend's US Grand Prix at Indianapolis in order to keep his title hopes alive

Raikkonen: It's time for maximum attack

The Finn is seven points behind championship leader Michael Schumacher with a maximum of 20 available in the final two races. He says he is glad to see the back of Monza, where he could do no better than fourth place, but anticipates much more from Indy.

"I need to get a good result as we are now at such a crucial stage of the championship, and I will be driving flat out to try and achieve this," said Raikkonen. "Monza is not the track where we are the strongest and so I did the best I could do and our performance was not too bad considering. I am now looking forward to the US Grand Prix, where the characteristics of the MP4-17D will be more suited to the track than Monza, and we should perform better there."

McLaren's managing director, Martin Whitmarsh, is confident that his team can give Raikkonen the machinery to take the fight to Schumacher and the Williams-BMW of Juan Pablo Montoya this weekend.

"We are still very much in contention for the drivers' championship with Kimi," said Whitmarsh. "Of course following Monza this task has been made more difficult, but the championships remain finely balanced. We are now fully focused on optimising our performances at both Indy and Suzuka, and more specifically in the short term on Kimi taking the best result possible at the Speedway, where we believe we will be more competitive."

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