Another tough break for Raikkonen

It seems Kimi Raikkonen's streak of bad luck is still alive.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:49 IST
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It seems Kimi Raikkonen's streak of bad luck is still alive. Raikkonen had to settle for fifth place after making a mistake in the first turn of his qualifying lap at the 4.3-kilometer Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo. He smoked the wheels of his McLaren-Mercedes after braking hard heading into the turn, losing nearly 0.7 of a second and erasing any chances of pole. Fastest time He had posted the fastest time in the practice sessions earlier in the day and was a favorite in qualifying. "That was a shame. I came into the first corner and simply locked up," Raikkonen said. "I believe that without that I could have been on pole." It was another bad break for Raikkonen in a season in which he has been riddled by misfortune. He led three races before his car broke down, and had three 10-spot penalties after engine changes - once after winning the pole. Strong strategy At the European GP in May, he was leading the race with a lap to go when a tire failure caused his exit. "I will now focus on the race, where anything is possible," Raikkonen said. "We will just go for it and do what we can, our strategy should be strong." Renault's Fernando Alonso, who took pole position, needs only a podium finish to win his first title and become Formula One's youngest champion. Raikkonen can keep the title chase alive only if he finishes in the top five and Alonso fails to complete the race. (AP)