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KIMI DEFENDS TYRE 'GAMBLE'

2005-06-06 10:37

The Finn, desperate to close a big gap to title leader Fernando Alonso, speared into the wall and sparked a safety debate after flat spotting a 'single race' tyre last Sunday.

"There was no point stopping," Kimi, 25, told the BBC.

"We wanted to win the race and ... I think we could have."

Raikkonen said the problem with pitting for a new tyre was not only losing the race, but facing further FIA penalty.

"Maybe they would have said it is not bad enough (to change)," he stated, "so we took the gamble."

However, while the German race was a blow to Raikkonen's championship rush, he backed away from claims the ultimate '05 objective is now out of reach.

"We will just try to win the next races," said 'iceman' Kimi, "and see where we end up."

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