Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Raikkonen to make WRC debut in Finland
The 2007 Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen is no stranger to the pressures of Formula One racing, but the Ferrari driver is set to sample a different motorsport challenge next month, after agreeing to make his World Rally Championship debut at July’s Neste Oil Rally Finland.
Although Raikkonen has already contested three 'non-championship' rallies this year, including the arduous Arctic Lapland event in January, the Jyvaskyla race will be his first competitive outing on gravel.
He will drive his own Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000 and will be partnered by fellow Finn Kaj Lindstrom, who previously collaborated with four-time WRC champion Tommi Makinen. The three-day rally will get underway on July 30, during Formula One racing’s annual summer break.
p.s. Is this mean Kimi will surely going to WRC after he quit F1? Oh dear, I'm happy if he finds new place for his interest, but it will be difficult for me to follow him then. The local newspapers seldom cover up WRC not like F1 news. Anyhow, I pray the best for Kimi, to see him happy is the most important thing for me :)