Kimi Raikkonen still confident for the Championship 

Written by David on August 09th, 2007 at 8:23 pmLast Update: August 09th, 2007 at 8:23 pm

Kimi RaikkonenKimi Raikkonen has insisted he is not giving up on this year’s championship despite his 20-point gap to McLaren rival Lewis Hamilton. The Ferrari driver finished in second place at last Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, with Hamilton scoring his third win of the season.

The victory allowed Hamilton to increase his lead at the head of the standings with just six races remaining. But Raikkonen once again insisted he is not ready to give up, although the reckons it is important that Ferrari score one-two victories in the remaining races.

“The championship is not over yet, that’s for sure,” said the Finn. “The gap to the leader has not changed substantially and we can’t give up. We have an excellent car and I think that the Hungaroring was the only race track so far, where we could have expected to have a slight disadvantage compared to McLaren. Whenever we have won a race, as in Magny-Cours and at Silverstone, we made up ground. I’m convinced that when we go back onto a similar track, we can be much more competitive. At Istanbul, Monza and Spa-Francorchamps, where there are many long straights and fast corners, we should be able to play out the F2007′s characteristics. Felipe and I have to try to bring home some nice one-two wins. I know that it’s difficult to win six races in a row, but we have to try. With a little bit of luck we can catch the leaders.”

The Ferrari driver admitted he was not too pleased with his result in Hungary, especially as he believes he had the pace to beat Hamilton. If there was one driver who should have not been in front of me, it was Hamilton,” he said. “The gap between him and me has grown to 20 points. I raced the whole race on second position, behind the British driver. I had a really good race rhythm and a good pace. If I had had a free track, I could have been much stronger. Before the last lap I slowed down a bit to build up some space ahead of me for a hot lap, just to see what time I could have done: we got the confirmation, that we could have gone faster. Hamilton is a really good driver and he did not commit one error: I was looking for a chance behind him but he didn’t make any mistake, so I didn’t have a possibility to pass him. After the qualifying we knew that we had a strong car, but at the first pitstop we tried to guess how much fuel McLaren had put into the car, trying to pass them; but that didn’t work out.”

source: autosport

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