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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 August 2005, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK
I can still win title - Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen scratches his head
McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen insists he can still overhaul Fernando Alonso and win the drivers' championship, despite trailing his rival by 24 points.

The in-form Raikkonen said: "I am not giving up the fight.

"The situation in both the drivers' and constructors' championships is still open and nobody knows what's going to happen until the last race in October."

Raikkonen's win at the Turkish Grand Prix was his second victory on the trot as he hunts Renault's Alonso.

McLaren are the only team to have scored points in every race in which they have competed this year and have chalked up six victories in the last nine Grands Prix.

The team is now only are nine points adrift of Renault in the race for the constructors' crown, with five races left in the calendar.

Raikkonen is convinced that he can make it a hat-trick of wins this weekend at Monza, where the track should play to McLaren's strengths.

He said: "The car has the pace to win at Monza. It continued to feel really strong and quick in Turkey, where we had a great race.

"Monza is considerably quicker and is the fastest track with speeds averaging 160mph."

Raikkonen's victory in Turkey underlined that McLaren have the fastest car in Formula One, but their hopes of eating into Alonso's lead have been continually frustrated.

In Turkey, Raikkonen's team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya ran wide on the penultimate lap, handing second place - and two extra points - to Alonso.




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