Kimi Raikkonen out of title hunt

Kimi Raikkonen’s battle with Robert Kubica was fought over more than just second place. Raikkonen was fighting to keep his championship hopes alive – and he lost.

Raikkonen is 21 points behind Lewis Hamilton with 20 left to be won this year. Thus his chances of retaining the crown he won in 2007 are over.

That means whichever of the remaining contenders wins the title this year – Hamilton, Felipe Massa or Robert Kubica – it will be a first time champion, and the 29th different title winner in the sport’s 59-year history.

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24 comments on Kimi Raikkonen out of title hunt

  1. Well as long as it is a ferrari, i dont mind to be honest, but raikkonen dropped the ball a few times this year, that and a combination of bad luck didnt help him.
    whatever it is, he better be on his game next year or i suspect it would be his last. as for Felipe, i think the Pastaman is well worthy of taking it, and i hope he does. adn i wouldnt be the bit annoyed if Hamilton is slapped a penalty for racing (in a McLaren). i think if there is really prejudice, it’s aimed at McLaren not L.H. but i have a good feeling that all will go normal.
    Vai Vai Massa.

  2. Terry Fabulous said on 13th October 2008, 12:28

    Thanks Jean!

  3. Oliver said on 13th October 2008, 15:43

    I think it was Kimi’s fitness that let him down this year. His inability to stay focused during a race weekend I can attribute to fitness. He has taken the lazy mans approach to racing, but it can only take you so far.
    Luck played a big hand in his winning the championship last year, perhaps he thought it would be easy again. If he continues like this, with a casual approach to racing, then it will be his last championship.

  4. Kimi will come back next year and blow the butts out of
    Massa,Hamilton etc…..

  5. Alonso says he will help Ferrari and Massa win the titles?

    No offense to Alonso, he might not be close enough to affect the results (despite winning back to back races), and it’s not like he’s going to yield his places for them if he’s in a podium position. Maybe if he were being lapped he could make life difficult…

    Anyways, I’d love for Kubica to win it – would be amazing to watch that, and he thoroughly deserves it. Of course, I’d love a Ferrari to win, so I hope Massa gets the job done in China – because we know that Massa is strong in Brazil and his chances are very good there. As is Kimi, so hopefully Brazil is just a formality – China may have the answer.

  6. “For 30 Million a year he should be ashamed to be dusted each and every race by Massa.”

    Every race?!? Austrailia? Sepang? Spa? France? Silverstone? Canada? Singapore? Fuji?

  7. Nick how can you forget Spanish GP?

  8. Terry Fabulous said on 13th October 2008, 22:26

    @ Nick

    Ok Fair call, that was a bold exaggeration!

    But I still make the point… Massa has been the more valuable driver this year in a red car.

  9. Taimur said on 14th October 2008, 16:42

    kimster…
    I was so sure that he would regain the title this year. But not to be I guess. His qualifying problems have been strange and difficult to justify.

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