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Last Updated: Monday, 26 July, 2004, 07:35 GMT 08:35 UK
Raikkonen rues lost chance
Kimi Raikkonen's wrecked McLaren at the German Grand Prix
Raikkonen was chasing Schumacher when he crashed
McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen believes he could have beaten Michael Schumacher in the German Grand Prix had he not crashed out with rear wing failure.

The Finn was close behind Schumacher's Ferrari when he spun off the track at the end of the pit straight on lap 14.

"I'm extremely disappointed as things were looking good. There was no doubt that we were in with a chance of winning the race," Raikkonen said.

"It is never nice not to finish a race, but at least the pace is there."

Raikkonen had just failed to pass Schumacher during the first pit stops and was on the Ferrari's tail when the top lateral element of his rear wing disintegrated on the straight and pitched him into a spin.

"I was quicker than him after my pit-stop and only needed a few more laps to be able to mount a real challenge."

"All of a sudden I just lost downforce and then I was a passenger."

McLaren boss Ron Dennis promised a "thorough investigation" into the cause of the rear wing failure.

He said: "We had a real chance of winning the race. There is no doubt we have taken a great step forward."

McLaren had a dreadful start to the season, but have looked a different team since the introduction of their new car at the French Grand Prix earlier this month.

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