Raikkonen: ‘The championship will be very tight’

Ferrari’s reigning world champion, Finn Kimi Raikkonen, looking ahead to this weekend’s Valencia Grand Prix, has predicted that the finish to this year’s drivers’ championship will be "very tight".

The Finn is intent on proving that last year’s victory was no fluke and making sure that the coronation of Lewis Hamilton as the world’s best driver will have to wait a little while.

Fellow countryman Nikki Lauda has written off Raikkonen’s propects of spraying the end-of-season champagne over his rivals, despite the fact that the Ferrari driver has advanced to second place in the standings.

Raikkonen insisted: "I need to have at least one point more than my competitors after the last race. This is the sole aim, the rest is just details."

He echoed adversary Lewis Hamilton’s belief that from now on in consistency will be the key to glory.

He said: "I always love to drive on new tracks and I’m always very quick to know them. I can’t wait to race at Valencia.

"Qualifying will be extremely important, although I think there are some possibilities to overtake."

His words could apply equally to the drivers’ championships and the forthcoming race.

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