Raikkonen ‘not confident’ of retaining F1 title

Kimi Raikkonen has expressed pessimism about the chances of him retaining the Formula One drivers’ championship crown that he dramatically snatched from Lewis Hamilton last season.

Ferrari’s Finnish star told his website that the fact he has finished five races this season without scoring points "is not the right way to fight for the title".

"It’s not over yet but now it will take a miracle, like the one that makes lightning strike twice."

It is rain, not lightning, that the F1 ace blames for his poor showing at Monza where he could only manage to finish ninth. Recalling how qualifying went well in dry conditions he claimed he lost his grip on the wet track and only recovered his form when the circuit started to dry out.

The Ferrari driver is now 21 points adrift of leader Hamilton with a maximum of 40 available in the four races left.

Last year Raikkonen was on top of the world but only a few weeks ago there was speculation that Ferrari wouldn’t renew his contract.

In fact it has been extended to 2010 and perhaps the glum Finn should recall that he won the championship last year having been 17 points behind with two races left to go in the season.

Written by James Christie

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