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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 September 2007, 23:13 GMT 00:13 UK
Raikkonen ready for title battle
By Andrew Benson
at Spa-Francorchamps

Kimi Raikkonen
Raikkonen is third in the standings
Kimi Raikkonen believes his victory in the Belgian Grand Prix has blown the Formula One title race wide open.

The Finn, who led Felipe Massa in a Ferrari one-two, is 13 points behind Lewis Hamilton and 11 behind Fernando Alonso with a maximum of 30 available.

"We haven't given up and we are still in the hunt," Raikkonen said.

"Anything can happen. Everybody is so close and we are going to fight hard. If we do it, it would be amazing, but it's going to be difficult."

With the advantage see-sawing between McLaren and Ferrari throughout the season, Raikkonen expects it to remain tight in the remaining events in Japan, China and Brazil.

"I think the last three races can go either way really," he said. "I think it's going to be a close call between the teams."

Massa, who effectively wrote off his title chances after he retired from the Italian Grand Prix last weekend, said he also had a chance of grabbing the title.

There is not a long way to go, but we are still fighting

Ferrari's Felipe Massa

The Brazilian, who is 20 points behind Hamilton, said: "There is not a long way to go, but we are still fighting."

The race was disputed in the shadow of the Formula One spy scandal that dominated the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

McLaren were fined 49.2m and excluded from this year's constructors' championship after being found guilty by the sport's governing body of trying to take an advantage from confidential Ferrari information.

And Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo dedicated Raikkonen's win to the employee at an English photocopy shop who first alerted Ferrari to the problem.

The employee phoned Ferrari when the wife of McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan went into the shop to copy 780 pages of Ferrari documents.

Coughlan was given the information by Ferrari performance director Nigel Stepney.

"It's a perfect victory, for which I want to thank Raikkonen, Massa, (team boss Jean) Todt and all these guys," Di Montezemolo said.

Kimi Raikkonen
Raikkonen has now won the last three races at Spa-Francorchamps

"I want to dedicate it to our fans who believe in the fairness of the sport and to this English gentleman who, in the month of June, wanted to inform us that someone linked to an opponent team entered into his shop and asked him to copy dozens of pages containing technical information about our car.

"Without him it would never have been possible to shine the light on to one of the worst pages in the history of motorsport."

McLaren boss Ron Dennis insists the punishment is wildly out of proportion to the crime in a sport where technical information often passes from one team to another as engineers move jobs.

Dennis has said he will take the next few days whether to appeal against the magnitude of the fine, but hinted that he is considering not appealing in the interests of the sport.

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