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GP Week : Issue 27
5 Minutes with ... Kimi Raikkonen He led almost the entire Belgian Grand Prix, but then came the rain, Lewis Hamilton and a race-ending crash within virtual sight of the chequered flag. Kimi Raikkonen gives his version of events (before the Stewards acted!) Kimi, how would you describe the last two laps and what were your feelings? KIMI RAIKKONEN: Well, I mean, I was prepared to either win or lose it. Unfortunately I went on the wrong side but, as I said, I only wanted to win. Of course it wasn’t exactly what we were hoping for, but that’s racing. I wanted to win and I paid the price for going a bit too hard. How did you see the situation with Lewis? There is an investigation going on about it. There are rules about cutting a chicane and gaining an advantage. They are looking into it so I don’t really have anything else to say about it. It’s racing but there are rules. Lewis is 23 points ahead of you, how do you feel your championship chances look now? I don’t know, we’ll see what happens. Like I said, we needed to get more points than them and I was prepared for the win. Were you satisfied with the start of the race? Yeah. The car was brilliant. The last set of tyres was quite difficult for some reason, the balance was quite bad but then in the end they started to get better but then the rain came, so that didn’t help. What happened when you lost control of the car? I just slid wide on the left hander. I tried to come back on the circuit and had a half spin and that was it. How do you feel about your chances of defending your title? Well it doesn’t look too good now but first of all I need to find the win. I didn’t want to finish behind because we have less points anyhow, so we’ll see what we can do. When Lewis overtook you into the hairpin you damaged your front wing. Can you let us know if that affected the car’s balance at all? Not really. It was raining anyhow so it was more a question of staying on the circuit and from that point the car was never at full speed so I cannot really say how much it was affected. Felipe Massa said that he felt strange that you had fought so close with him at the start. It’s racing. We didn’t touch. I don’t see an issue. I’m gonna walk all the way back and I’m not gonna take this helmet off ... 18 There are five races to go and Felipe is in a better position in the championship. Will you help him to win the world championship? It’s not up to me really. I will do the best for the team, and then we will see what the situation is. I will try to win races.