Raikkonen aims for good start

20 December 2017 02:12:45 GMTPlus11

Kimi Raikkonen says he still has the hunger to do well in Formula 1 and wants a good start to the 2018 season.

The Finn finished fourth in the drivers' championship this year but, despite seven podium finishes, didn't win a race as he watched Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel take the fight to eventual champion Lewis Hamilton.

We just need to put things correct for the first race. If you don't get things perfect, it will cost you a lot of points.

Kimi Raikkonen

It is now over a decade since Raikkonen won his solitary world championship, back in 2007, but he says he retains the hunger to succeed at the highest level.

He said on Motorsport TV: "I wouldn't be here or next year on the circuit [if] I didn't have the hunger to win.

"I enjoy racing. I wouldn't be shy to say it's the only reason. I want to be in F1. So long as that [hunger] is there, it's the reason why I'll give my best."

Raikkonen has a one-year extension with Ferrari for the 2018 season and says that if he is to taste success once again a good start to next year is essential.

"We started the year a bit slowly. We had some good moments, but far from what we wanted if you take the whole year," he added.

"We just need to put things correct for the first race. If you don't get things perfect, it will cost you a lot of points."

Raikkonen is 34.00 to win the 2018 drivers' championship with Hamilton 2.10 to win a fifth world title and Vettel priced at 4.50.

The 2018 season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in March and concludes in Abu Dhabi in November.

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