Despite sitting in third in the Championship standings you would be forgiven for dismissing Kimi Raikkonen as a championship contender when names such as Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are mentioned. However Raikkonen has just as much chance of securing the world drivers Championship in Brazil as Hamilton and Alonso do.
Having scored six podiums in the 2012 season Raikkonen is currently third in the Championship standings. He trails Championship leader Alonso by 38 points and second place man Hamilton by just one point. It seems that despite not having a win in 2012 Raikkonen could snatch the title away from any of the key players.
Highlights for Raikkonen include Bahrain, Valencia and Hungary where he secured second place finishes at all and have helped him to his position in the standings. Even when the weekend has been largely disappointing and the Lotus car not competitive Raikkonen has managed to climb his way into the points on a damage limitation mission. His consistency is impressive and he has had just one non points scoring finish all season at the Chinese Grand Prix where Lotus had gambled on a two stop strategy that failed to work and he finished fourteenth.
Lotus may have yet to win a race this season but car developments in the coming races could help to put Raikkonen in a position to win a race and potentially the Championship. The teams experimental double DRS was anticipated earlier in the season but is expected to debut at or after the Japanese Grand Prix. The system that stalls the rear wing to help to create drag will help the Lotus car on circuits with long straights. Only time will tell whether the introduction of the double DRS will move Lotus closer to its rivals and closer to an elusive win.
Raikkonen has a real chance of winning the Championship if he can continue to regularly score solid points and podiums. He is the Mr Consistency of F1 and could end up springing a 2010 Vettel-esque Championship win. He will be hoping for continued success in Singapore on Sunday and if he can score a win in the closing Grand Prix of the season he might not be too bad a bet for the Championship.