Win or bust for Raikkonen this season

© Ubaid Parkar, 11 October 2012
© AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

If Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t win the championship this year, he hopes to finish outside the top three in the drivers’ standings so he could skip the FIA prize-giving gala at the end of the season.

The Finn is currently third in the championship, 37 points behind leader Fernando Alonso, with five races remaining. He is trailed by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who is just five points adrift.

But the Lotus driver has firmly set his target on the title this year, although he is yet to win a Grand Prix. Anything less wouldn’t make a difference to the reserved 32-year-old.

"It doesn't matter if I am second or tenth, it makes no difference," Raikkonen was quoted saying by Reuters.

"I'd rather be probably out of second and third place so I don't have to go to the prize-giving. It makes no difference to be second or fifth if you don't win," he added referring to the event that is scheduled at Istanbul this year.

The prize-giving gala is held on an annual basis by motorsport's governing body with the top three drivers in the championship slated to attend the ceremony.


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