Raikkonen Arctic Rally

Former F1 champ Kimi Raikkonen successfully completed his debut outing for the WRC Citroen Junior team at the Arctic Rally, despite crashing on the opening day of the event.

Any hopes of a competitive result went pear-shaped when the former Ferrari pilot crashed into a tree on the second stage of the opening day, but he was able to rejoin competition and set competitive times on the remaining stages.

"Things didn’t exactly get off to the best start as we went off the road during the second stage," said Raikkonen. "But luckily there was no mechanical damage and I was able to continue in the rally.

"From there it got a lot better for me and we were much more consistent. We put a few more kilometres under our belt, which was vital to help us continue learning the C4 WRC. As well as being pleased by our performances I was also pleased by the way we were able to work with the team. We developed our set-up in the right direction and now we are going to continue our work in order to arrive in Sweden in the strongest possible position."

Raikkonen posted quick stage times that were close to his Citroen team-mate – and the only other WRC entrant – Dani Sordo, who won the event outright.

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