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Ferrari sees Raikkonen as danger man

ESPN Staff
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Stefano Domenicali sees Kimi Raikkonen as "a dangerous driver" in the title chase © Getty Images
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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali sees Kimi Raikkonen as one of Fernando Alonso's most "dangerous" competitors for this year's title.

Alonso leads the drivers' championship by 37 points from Lewis Hamilton, with Raikkonen a further point off and Sebastian Vettel 39 points adrift. Asked which one he saw as the biggest threat, Domenicali said: "I have to respect all of them, and I've always said that Kimi, step by step, is a dangerous driver and he's getting closer and closer.

"For sure Hamilton with the car he has now is very strong, but we have seen in the last two races that anything can happen. So all the drivers that are in the top five and top six need to be taken very seriously. So we need to see the situation race by race to see the competitive situation of the car they are driving and what is there position. That's the only thing that we have to do now."

Domenicali also said Red Bull's double retirement from the Italian Grand Prix has reinvigorated Ferrari's constructors' title hopes heading into the final seven races. Ferrari is now 46 points shy of Red Bull, which has held the top spot since the Bahrain Grand Prix. But after closing in on the reigning champions by 27 points in one weekend, Domencali said Ferrari was in with a good chance of taking both the drivers' and constructors' titles this year.

"It was important for us that because of the retirement of Red Bull [in Italy], the constructors' situation is difficult but still open for the four top teams that are still there," he said. "It is another motivation and motivating factor for all of us because we are performing the best way that we can."