Kimi Räikkönen Returns To Rallying After Impressive Debut

Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IFebruary 17, 2009

Finnish newspapers are reporting that Kimi Räikkönen will be back for the Vaakuna Rally the upcoming weekend.  Scoring 13th place recently in his rally debut in the Arctic Rally in a Abarth Grande Punto obviously made an impression on the Formula 1 World Champion. This marks another motorsport World Champion testing the rally waters.  The other being MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi who has run a few rallies including WRC events.

The 2007 World Driving Champion, Kimi Räikkönen, made his rally debut earlier this month doing the Arctic Lapland Rally in Finland. For an F1 driver, a 13th place is quite impressive. His participation in the rally appears to have been a huge success with the fans and the media.

Don’t expect the Ferrari driver to do any more events the rest of the year.  He now needs to focus on the upcoming Formula One season and winning another F1 championship.

Ferrari has no problem with Kimi Räikkönen contesting Finland's famous Arctic Lapland Rally later this month, team boss Stefano Domenicali has insisted.

Formula one teams often baulk at drivers' requests to engage in dangerous offseason activities.

"This is the traditional attitude we take to our drivers," Domenicali said at the launch of the team's new 'F60' single seater for 2009. We always try to have a very open attitude to what they do. I see this as an extra two days of testing for Kimi."