JAPAN: The focus might be on Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa but Robert Kubica can also win the world title and he wants BMW Sauber make a big push in the closing stages of the season.
The Polish driver remains in contention on 72 points - 12 behind Hamilton and seven adrift of Massa with 20 points at stake in the last two races in China and Brazil.
After finishing second in Japan on Sunday behind Fernando Alonso while Hamilton and Massa failed to shore up their advantage, Kubica said anything was now possible.
"We didn't improve a lot lately with the car, so this didn't help me but still, I'm 12 points behind the leader," he said.
"In the last two races everything is possible. Over the last three races - mostly apparent here - it shows that everything can be possible.
"In Monza we had changeable conditions. I started eleventh, I finished third. In Singapore I would easily have finished on the podium.
"My race there was ruined by safety cars, so it's changeable. We have to be there and I hope this is a good boost for the last two races and I hope we can find a few tenths which will help me in the battle."
Kubica won in Canada earlier in the season but said his performance in Japan was better.
"This is much better than my Canada win with a car that is not the one from the beginning of the season," he said.
"We didn't improve a lot in the last two months, so to finish second, to keep quite good pace in qualifying, it is amazing.
"Again qualifying is crucial, I was able to do a good result with the car I had and kept consistent pace, I finished second and this is a great result for team because it is a difficult moment.
"It is a good boost for us, we are still in the fight, so let's try."
Kubica blamed problems with tyre graining for his failure to contain a charging Alonso and secure a second victory of 2008, having led the race in the early stages.
"I was not able to pull away, Fernando kept the gap and I tried everything," he said.
"But after the first stop when he was ahead of me, I had a lot of graining problems which influenced the last sector of the lap and he pulled more time out of the last corners."
Despite this, he managed to hold off Kimi Raikkonen to secure his third second-place and his sixth podium finish of the season. The next race is in China on Sunday
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