Kimi Raikkonen believes the current competitiveness of his Lotus team means a 2007-style, last-ditch turnaround to help him win the title is unlikely.
Although the lessons of 2007, when he won the final two races to steal the title from Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso at the last event, mean he is not ruling out a repeat surprise, he is staying realistic about what is achievable.
“Of course we have a chance still, but it is a different life to 2007,” he said in India on Thursday.
“We had a car [in 2007] we knew we could win all the races, and right now we are not the fastest car so we need more help to really win it.
“But we will keep trying and hopefully we can achieve it. We try until there is no chance, but it is a different situation. If we can improve in the next few races then we will see what happens.”
As part of an upgrade push by Lotus, both Raikkonen and team-mate Romain Grosjean will run with the Coanda effect exhausts in India, as well as further front wing aero improvements.