Raikkonen: Championship isn’t over yet

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Kimi Raikkonen is still confident that he can win the 2013 drivers’ championship despite losing ground to Sebastian Vettel at the last race in Monaco.

Vettel finished a strong 2nd, whilst Raikkonen could only score one point after receiving a puncture late on. Regardless, the Finn believes that the 21 point deficit is recoverable.

“For sure we lost ground on the lead in Monaco, but it’s not over yet,” Raikkonen said in Lotus’ Canadian GP preview. “It’s still early in the season and 21 points behind is not too much to catch up; especially if Sebastian has a bad weekend too at some point. The most important thing is that we return to our race level before Monaco to get things going our way as soon as possible.

“No-one wants to lose so many points thanks to the actions of another driver, but that race is over; Monaco is just a distant memory and I’m all ready for Canada.”

Raikkonen did reveal that he is a fan of the circuit, which features some long straights and heavy braking zones.

“Like at every circuit you need to get the set-up exactly right. You need a well-balanced chassis in the medium downforce configuration and you don’t want to be too hard on brakes as there’s a lot of aggressive braking there. It’s something I quite enjoy, the stop and go style of the circuit.”

The 2007 world champion is currently Sebastian Vettel’s closest challenger, and scoring his second win in Montreal would go a long way to putting him back in the fight for the title.