Kimi Räikkönen has been excluded from this season’s World Rally Championship points standings after the Finn no-showed for this weekend’s Rally Australia.
The former F1 champion was contracted to participate in a total of seven championship rounds in his Ice1 Racing Citroen – two of which had to be rounds outside Europe – his team had nominated at the start of the season.
With Räikkönen having competed in the Rally of Jordan earlier this year, this weekend’s Australian round was the final non-European round of the season left for the 31-year-old to compete in.
But his failure to present himself at Rally Australia has resulted in his omission from the championship standings, and a fine of €16,200.
“Having considered the provisions of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship Sporting Regulations and specifically article 7.3.8, the stewards decide to require the team Ice 1 Racing to pay the entry fee to the organisers of the 2011 Rally Australia, to pay the FIA a fine equal to the amount of the registration fee being €16,000 to exclude Ice1 Racing from the classification of the championship,” a FIA statement reads.
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