Only a miracle can help Kimi Raikkonen in his quest for the Formula One world title as a victory at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix might not be enough to prevent Renault's Fernando Alonso from becoming the world champion.
A third-place finish for Alonso, who is 25 points clear of Raikkonen with just three races remaining, will see the 24-year-old Spaniard become the youngest champion in history.
But the 25-year-old Finn hasn't given up yet even though after Brazil there is just China and Japan to come.
I'm still going to try everything, said Raikkonen.
Despite claiming six race victories, this season has been a bittersweet affair for Raikkonen, who knows that but for a series of unfortunate events he would be a lot closer to Alsonso.
The McLaren MP4-20 has certainly appeared quicker than Alonso's Renault since the fourth race of the season at Imola, but technical deficiencies and bad luck have made this speed advantage pretty well irrelevant.
At the second GP of the season in Malaysia, Raikkonen was quickest on the track but a defective tyre valve left him ninth.
At Imola, technical problems denied him victory while at the Nurburgring, he had to retire on the last lap while leading when his tyre exploded.
Engine problems in France meant Raikkonen had to start 10 places further back but he still managed a second-place finish even after starting from 13th on the grid.
A week later in Silverstone, a defective oil pump saw him demoted 10 places once again but he still managed third from 12th on the grid.
There were more technical problems at Monza where he finished fifth while sinking hydraulic pressure due to a loose valve cost him at the German Grand Prix.
It doesn't do any good to feel sorry for yourself now about that, said Raikkonen. dpa