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Kimi Raikkonen reveals where he wants to be for the 2018 Formula One season

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The 2017 Formula One season is shaping up to be the most exciting of recent years. 

Unlike 2016, the Drivers' Championship is not going to come down to a straight shootout between two men from the same team.  

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, both driving for Mercedes, finished the season miles ahead of anyone else but did take their battle down to the final race.  

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In the end, it was the German who took the title, holding off Hamilton by five points, finishing with 385 points to the Brit's 380.

Mercedes' domination was confirmed by the fact that either one of their drivers won 19 of the 21 races on the season calendar.

But 2017 has been very different. Rosberg retired while on top, meaning a new champion will be crowned in November. 

Hamilton, of course, is still fighting for first place, but he's currently sitting behind another German in second. 

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel leads the championship after 11 races, but there's still plenty of people challenging with Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo close behind Hamilton.  

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Vettel's teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, is currently in fifth. He's fallen off the pace and is 86 points behind the leader, but has insisted that he's still got the speed to challenge in F1.  

"Driving-wise, I have the speed, so I’m not worried about that. It’s about putting things in the correct places,” the driver told Autosport, as per Planet F1

Despite the 37-year-old's fairly disappointing campaign, reports suggest Ferrari are still keen to keep their current line-up for a fourth consecutive season in 2018.  

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It would be a decision that divides fans, with many believing Raikkonen isn't on the same level as his teammate.

“Personally, I’m not happy with the results," he said this week.

“I want to win races, I want to be up there all the time and that hasn’t been the case this year too often."

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Despite this, he's keen to stay with the Italian constructor for another year but admits the decision is not down to him. 

“The team knows what I want. In the end, it’s up to them to choose whatever is best for them. My only aim is to do well, that’s the only reason I’m here, not anything else."

Raikkonen will be hoping for a strong race in the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, August 27.

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Realistically, to have any chance of challenging Vettel and Hamilton at the top, he needs to start winning as podium finishes will not be enough.

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