WRC: Raikkonen Flips Out of Rally Finland

Tony CastaneiraAnalyst IAugust 1, 2009

Kimi Raikkonen appears to be out of the World Rally Championship’s Rally Finland after rolling on Saturday’s final stage.

The former Formula 1 world champion was setting really quick times in his FIAT/Abarth Grande Punto despite Suffering by a growing engine problem.

He was running 15th overall and a strong third place among the Super 2000 cars when he rolled on the Vaarinmaja stage in the afternoon.

Reports at the scene imply that Raikkonen's car went over several times, but the Ferrari star and his co-driver Kaj Lindstrom are doing fine.

Tapio Laukkanen, overseeing Kimi Raikkonen's World Rally Championship debut on Rally Finland offered more incite to the incident

“It was a tightening corner with a big rock on the outside. He went a little bit wide, hit the stone. That put the nose of the car into the ditch and he rolled two times or something. There were a few rocks around and they lost one wheel—the car was damaged and they couldn't drive it back.”

Laukkanen working for Tommi Makinen Racing for whom Raikkonen was driving was impressed with his start pupils drive. “Oh yes. I am delighted to see how fast he can drive. But we saw this in the test, he's a big driver. He can drive nice with smooth lines—that's how he is. He's a big talent in the F1 and the same with motorbikes and the snow scooters, he's the same with all of those things.”

Quote: Autosport

Photo: WRC