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Raikkonen not desperate for second title

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Kimi Raikkonen: "We'll do everything that we can to try to win it but if it doesn't come then it doesn't come - it doesn't change my life in the long run" © Sutton Images
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Kimi Raikkonen admits he is not desperate to win a second world championship, saying that winning one was always his target.

Since returning to the sport following a two-year absence at the start of this season, Raikkonen has impressed and is in the title hunt as he sits 48 points behind Fernando Alonso. While confident enough that he and Lotus can challenge for the championship, Raikkonen said he doesn't feel it will have a big impact if he is successful.

"I always said if I win one then I'm happy and if something comes after that then it's good but I don't desperately want it," Raikkonen said, "We'll do everything that we can to try to win it but if it doesn't come then it doesn't come - it doesn't change my life in the long run. Yes you are here to try and win races but like I said it's not like it's suddenly going to change my life completely. When I feel I want to stop I'll stop, it's not that I'm going to carry on to try and win it."

Looking at this year's championship, Raikkonen admits that Alonso is in a good position but feels the length of the season means it is too early to talk about favourites.

"He has quite a big gap in the points, but then there's many points still on the table so any of us only need to have a bad race and it's going to drop you out … so we'll see what happens. [Alonso's performances] have been very good, he is in first place by 40 points or something so you can't really say that it's been bad [for Ferrari]."

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