Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen admits that the Maranello team goes into the final two races of the season facing an uphill battle to beat Mercedes to the constructors’ championship title. The Italian side arrive in Brazil 55 points behind Mercedes with 86 available from the two remaining rounds:
“Obviously we’re not in a very good position,” Kimi said, as reported by the British media ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix – “but we are still in it and we’ll do out best.”
Lewis Hamilton clinched the drivers’ title in Mexico but Raikkonen says teams care more about the constructors’ championship, which determines how much prize money they received: “I think it’s probably the most important thing for the team obviously for manufactures to win it, that’s why they are here. There’s a drivers championship but if you go to any team they’re probably going to say this is more important for them, the constructors’ championship than the drivers’. But that’s what we’re trying to [win].” – Kimi added.
Asked whether he thinks it’s possible for Scuderia Ferrari to win the championship, Raikkonen said: “We’ll see in two races’ time.” Raikkonen’s team mate Sebastian Vettel was beaten to the drivers’ title by Hamilton after making a series of mistakes in races after the summer break. But Kimi doesn’t see this as a championship lost by Vettel rather than won by Hamilton: “For sure he won it,” said Raikkonen. “Whoever has the most points has won it. In the end if you ask 10 people they all have different views how it’s been won or lost. It makes no difference, he won it, fair play and congratulations to him.” – the Finnish driver concluded.