Raikkonen Laments more Bad Luck

Kimi Raikkonen's was left lamenting his bad luck after his hopes of fighting for this year's title suffered a major blow when he retired from the German Grand Prix because of a hydraulic failure while leading

Raikkonen Laments more Bad Luck

The Finn, who started the race from pole, was leading comfortably from Renault's Championship leader Fernando Alonso just after the halfway point of the race when his car slowed and stopped.

McLaren said a hydraulic failure was responsible for ending his race.

Spaniard Alonso cruised on to win and extend his lead over Raikkonen in the title race to 36 points with seven races remaining.

Raikkonen also handed victory to Alonso when a tyre problem ended his race on the last lap of the European Grand Prix in May and lost 10 places on the grid after engine failure at each of the last two races.

"What can I say," the 25-year-old said. "It's always terrible to retire, whilst in the lead with a good gap to the number two car is even worse. This is the worst thing that could have happened as it looked like the race was in the bag.

"However that is motor racing but it seems like I have my fair share of bad luck this season. There is still a mathematical chance I could win the Drivers' Championship but it's getting difficult."

Raikkonen has now failed to finish a Formula One race at Hockenheim in five attempts while an engine failure at the Nurburgring in 2003 probably cost him the championship that season.

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