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10/19/08
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Kimi not bothered about team orders  
Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen said he had no qualms about handing second place to his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa in Shanghai, despite out-pacing the title-chasing Brazilian all weekend.

Out-going champion Raikkonen was the only man who could get close to dominant winner Lewis Hamilton in Shanghai, but had to back off and relinquish second to Massa after the final stops so the latter could stay within seven points of Hamilton going into the season finale.

"We know what we want as a team, and that's what we did - it's normal in this situation," said Raikkonen.

"I know what the team expects and what we wants for our results. I have nothing to lose or win, I'm driving for the team."

He admitted that Ferrari simply didn't have the speed to beat McLaren this time.

"Today I had a very good car all the time, no major issues and it was handling quite nicely, but unfortunately it wasn't fast enough in the moments when we needed to be," said Raikkonen.

"At the start Lewis pulled away a bit and I started to be able to do the same lap times and catch a little bit, but every time I was faster it was too late."

Raikkonen lost time in traffic shortly before the final stops, but didn't think his delays ultimately affected the result.

"Even if I'd been right behind him, we were stopping on the same lap so without any mistakes there was no way we could've passed," said the Finn.

"So unfortunately second and third today was the best we could do, but hopefully at the next race we can challenge them a bit more."

He admitted that Ferrari had known McLaren might be impossible to beat in China after Hamilton led the way throughout Friday practice.

"Once we came here on Friday they seemed to be very quick, so it was not easy," said Raikkonen.

"We gave our best, but it didn't work out this time.

"The car wasn't too bad, but just didn't have the little bit more speed that we needed."

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