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10/21/07
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Kimi says title defeat ’justice’ for McLaren

Kimi Raikkonen

(GMM)  Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was in no mood for sympathy as he contemplated his unlikely world championship triumph after winning Sunday's Brazilian grand prix.

The Finn, who succeeds double drivers' title holder Fernando Alonso as winner of formula one's most coveted prize, spent five years driving for the McLaren team that he defeated at Interlagos.

Asked if he thought beating his Woking based successors Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso was "justice" at the end of a tumultuous 2007 season, he answered: "I think so, maybe yes."

Ferrari inherited the constructors' title earlier this year when McLaren was disqualified for the spying affair.

Raikkonen, 28, suggested that he has no regrets after switching to Ferrari for 2007.

"I have enjoyed formula one much more this year than I enjoyed the last few years, for many reasons -- not because of the driving, but for some other reasons.

"It is such a nice big family (at Ferrari), great people to work for.  I'd rather win with them than anyone else," Raikkonen added.

It was immediately apparent, however, that rising to the top of his sport had not fully cured his monosyllabic approach to the media.

Kimi, 28, began an answer with the words "not much" when he was asked what went through his mind as he crossed the Interlagos finish line as F1's newest champion.

"It's not going to really change my life too much," he later elaborated in the news conference, revealing that his reputation as a lover of parties would be exercised not only in Brazil but also when he returns to Europe in the coming days.

"People will probably try to make up more stories about me but I'm not going to change myself, I never did before and it's not going to happen in the future," Raikkonen added.

"I lead my life as I want and that's it.

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