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Kimi Raikkonen is close to finalising his switch from Formula One to a full time ride in the 2010 World Rally Championship, according to the series’ official website.

The Finn "is understood to be ready to sign a deal" with Citroen to contest all 13 rounds of next year’s calendar with Red Bull backing, with the drinks firm already a sponsor of the Citroen World Rally team.

The report cited "a close source" to the former Ferrari driver as confirming that an official announcement is expected in the coming days once "small details" are tied up.

One assumes the "small detail" might be his outrageous salary demands!
"With the proper practice, planning, and testing I think he will adapt quickly," 2003 WRC champion Petter Solberg told the sport’s official website, having tasted Citroen C4 machinery himself this year. "He’s a very, very good driver, and once he’s learned the basics, like how to work with pace notes, I think he will surprise many people.

"If he’s in a decent World Rally Car next season I think he could finish between third and fifth on some rallies," Solberg predicted for the Finn’s maiden season. "The fact is, if you can drive, you can drive.

"You have to be on the case and you need some balls," he added.

I doubt Kimi will have any problem on that front!

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