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Although he admits that clinching a second world title is now a big ask in 2012, Kimi Räikkönen still clearly remembers the fashion in which he first won the World Championship five years ago. Then engaged in a titanic scrap with the two McLaren drivers, the Finn had been almost two race wins behind with four Grands Prix to go.
Ahead of the final quartet of events in 2007, Räikkönen sat 18 points behind Lewis Hamilton, which would equate to 43 points under the current scoring system. He now sits 48 points behind Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.
“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,” he says ahead of the Indian Grand Prix.
“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.
“We have to keep working hard and keep a high level of motivation. Personally, I feel my own motivation is very high – like it has always been. 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. Let’s see what happens.”
Although Räikkönen is yet to win a Grand prix with Lotus, he has racked up six podium finishes, ten top five finishes and scored in every race bar one this season.
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