WRC: Kimi Raikkonen Can't Wait to Race at the Rally Finland

Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IJuly 30, 2009

2007 Formula 1, World Driving Champion, Kimi Raikkonen says he can't wait to compete on Rally Finland this weekend and have some serious fun.

“Now I can't wait to race at the Finland Rally, although I'm going there to have fun. We had some very good tests with my Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000 and we're ready for racing. I've got great experience in Formula 1 but not in rally driving, although I know a bit what it's about. Getting used to a new track in Formula 1 is quite easy, but in a rally the stages always change,” he enthusiastically stated.

Four time World Rally Champion and fellow Finn, Tommi Makinen commented to Finnish news media about Raikkonen’s competitive abilities in a rally car:

"Based on Monday's tests I think that Kimi will do very well. The car appeared to work fine and Kimi was going astonishingly fast when you consider that he jumped straight out of a Ferrari and got behind the wheel of a rally car."

Makinen pointed out that Kimi’s has to totally change his driving style from the heavy braking that is used in F-1 to the momentum style that is used in rallying.

"Kimi's handling of the car is brilliant. Kimi's driving style is relaxed, confident and professional. It's comfortable to sit beside him when he's driving although normally I don't like to be onboard in anyone's car."

Of course all this positive news about Raikkonen’s World Rally Championship debut just adds fuel to the fire that he will leave Formula 1 after this season and become a full-time rally driver in 2010. 

Quotes: Ferrari & YLE
Photo: Ferrari