Raikkonen motivated by memory of 2007

Kimi Raikkonen believes what transpired at the end of 2007 serves as proof his Formula One title challenge is far from over this season.

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Five years ago whilst with Ferrari, Raikkonen went into the final two grands prix trailing Lewis Hamilton by 17 points, at a time when 10 was the maximum haul for a win.

Not many gave the Finn any hope of emerging as champion, but a bizarre series of events saw him pip the McLarens of Hamilton and Fernando Alonso by a point to claim the crown.

On this occasion, without a win to his name all year with Lotus, Raikkonen has managed to keep himself in contention.

But with just 100 points now available from the final four races, again his chances of glory are remote as he trails Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel by 48.

Despite that, Raikkonen said: "There's no point setting targets.

"We just need to keep working as hard as we can to score strong points and see what happens from there.

"In terms of the championship, the gap to Sebastian is quite big now so it will be very difficult to catch him, but we'll keep pushing all the way.

"My motivation is very high - like it has always been - and I'm keen to get the best results I can.

"Of course, in 2007 the championship wasn't decided until the last race, so anything is possible."

As in Korea just under a fortnight ago, this weekend's Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit represents another new track for Raikkonen to get to grips with.

You would expect Raikkonen to have ventured into the simulator to at least have built up an understanding of the venue, but the 33-year-old is anything but conventional.

"India is a brand new place for me," said Raikkonen.

"Like with Korea, I've never been to the country before which means I've never seen the circuit properly.

"I'm not like other drivers, so I haven't driven the simulator to learn it, but all in all it's not that much of a tricky situation.

"I like to go to different places and the challenge of driving a new circuit is always interesting.

"So far I've learnt tracks after a few laps in FP1 (first practice) on Fridays. I didn't have any problems learning the Yeongam circuit that way, and I don't expect to have any issues here either.

"As for India, I have never visited the country before - although I have certainly enjoyed Indian restaurants in almost every country I've been to!"



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