• United States Grand Prix

Win makes no difference for Raikkonen

ESPN Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen: "Wherever we end up if we take some points out of either of them then that's racing, that's life" © Sutton Images
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Kimi Raikkonen says there is no difference to his approach to the United States Grand Prix despite arriving as the winner of the last race in Abu Dhabi.

With Lotus having threatened a victory for much of the season, Raikkonen was finally successful at the Yas Marina Circuit to take his first win since returning to Formula One this year. However, when asked if anything had changed in terms of his feeling coming to this race as the latest winner, Raikkonen replied: "Not really.

"Of course the team is happy and I'm happy that we finally won but it's a new place and a new race again so we'll try to do our best," Raikkonen said. "I don't expect that we're suddenly going to start winning or be in front, it's probably going to be very similar to where we've been in the last races - in the top five - and then go from there and see what happens."

With the potential to take points off the championship rivals Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, Raikkonen said he doesn't pay attention to the impact of beating certain drivers.

"We try to do the best we can as a team in the race and wherever we end up if we take some points out of either of them then that's racing, that's life. We don't try to do disturb anything, we're just doing our race and we'll see what happens. I'm not looking who is there or if we're taking points out of them or somebody else, we just try to win and if not try to score as good as we can."