'Raikkonen needs miracle to become champ'

Updated: 12 October 2007 07:03 IST

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa thinks teammate Kimi Raikkonen needs a miracle to win the Formula One drivers' title at next week's Brazilian Grand Prix.

'Raikkonen needs miracle to become champ'

Sao Paulo:

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa thinks teammate Kimi Raikkonen needs a miracle to win the Formula One drivers' title at next week's Brazilian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen is third in the standings and enters the last race of the season in Sao Paulo seven points behind McLaren's rookie driver Lewis Hamilton and four behind Fernando Alonso, Hamilton's teammate.

"It's a very complicated situation for Kimi," Massa said Wednesday in a news conference. "If a miracle happens and the McLarens retire or fail to stay in the top eight, then I'll be glad to help the team. But I don't think that will happen."

Raikkonen needs to win the Oct. 21 race and hope the McLaren drivers fail to finish among the leaders. A win is worth 10 points, and second through eighth are 8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Massa, out of contention for the championship, said his main goal will be to win in front of the local fans. The Brazilian is hoping to repeat the victory from a year ago, when he became the first Brazilian to win in Sao Paulo since Ayrton Senna in 1993.

"I work for Ferrari, so I'll do what I can to help Kimi, but I'll drive to win the race," Massa said. "It would be great to win it for the fans again."

The Brazilian driver was named UNICEF's "Champion for Brazilian Children" at an event in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Topics : Formula 1 Michael Schumacher Giancarlo Fisichella Jenson Button Narain Karthikeyan Lewis Hamilton
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