Kimi Raikkonen’s switch to the World Rally Championship began in earnest on Tuesday when he completed his first test in the Citroen Junior Team C4 that he will drive for his maiden full-time WRC campaign.

The 2007 F1 champion completed roughly 50km of running on a gravel test track at the team’s workshop in France.

"I very much enjoyed meeting the team properly for the first time," he said.

"It was good to try out a few different things; I was very interested to see how the car reacted when you changed some of the settings.

"Now I’m really keen to get back behind the wheel of the C4 again."

Raikkonen’s first competitive outing in his car will come on the Arctic Rally in Finland on 28 January, which he is contesting in preparation for the WRC season opener in Sweden on 12-14 February.

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