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Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that his chances of fighting for the championship this season are over after a dismal start to his campaign and indicated that he would prefer to spend some of his time competing in rallying again.
Just six races into the season, the Finn is a massive 105 points behind championship leader Nico Rosberg and 101 adrift from Lewis Hamilton, who is in second.
Even if Raikkonen were to win the next four races, he would be still trailing the Mercedes duo in the standings even if the leading pair were to fail to score a single point in those outings.
"It seems to be over," he said of his title hopes. "The Mercedes cars are too fast.
"My challenge on the championship seems to be over for the season," he pointed out.
Raikkonen has indicated that he would like to try his hand at rallying again, should Ferrari permit him to do so.
After his last stint at Maranello, Raikkonen quit Formula One and switched to the World Rally Championship for the following two years and the series continues to tempt the 34-year-old.
“Certainly I would like to do more of (rallying) but for now I’m completely focused on Formula One,” he said.
There are five more WRC events this season which are scheduled over weekends when there's no F1 race, including Rally Finland in the first week of August.
During the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, Raikkonen had dropped hints about his intentions to compete in other championships when asked about the recent passing of Sir Jack Brabham.
“Obviously I read and I was so sad to hear that he had passed away. Obviously these days are different than the days that they used to race and they could do different categories, different races,” he said. “It would be very nice if they would be able to do different things at the same time and different races and try different things more.
“But the problem is everything gets so much more expensive these days and obviously people are more scared that you get hurt that they try to limit everything that you do,” he said in reference to Robert Kubica, whose F1 career stalled after a crash during a rally in 2011.
“It's a shame because I think it would be more fun for everybody and all sports would also benefit from it, and F1. It would be nice to do stuff like they did,” he explained.