Raikkonen signs with Citroen

2009-12-04 11:38

Paris - Former Formula One champion, Kimi Raikkonen, will aim for a World Rally Championship title next season after signing with Citroen.

The 30-year-old Finn, who has left Ferrari to take a sabbatical from F1, will team up with experienced co-driver Kaj Lindstrom in 2010, rallying's official website reported on Friday.

Raikkonen, who took part in the Rally of Finland this year, opted for a change of codes after Fernando Alonso's move to Ferrari and his failure to secure a seat with McLaren for the 2010 F1 campaign.


  • Werda - 2009-12-04 12:00

    Very poor writing. Anybody that know anything about world rallying will know that a newcomer to the sport - even from F1 - has no realistic chance of getting even close to be a contender for the World Championship title.

  • Gideon - 2009-12-04 12:21

    Good luck to Kimi.He is a class driver,but I think he might be struggling in his 1st season.The Rally-boys are a different breed alltogether.Ive always been amazed at their control on the surfaces they race on.

  • Jay Jay Eish - 2009-12-04 12:32

    Oooh Werda! That is so NOT Ayoba!!!

  • Bullpeanut - 2009-12-04 12:32

    True, but then again, anyone that knows anything about F1 would say the same, and Hamilton almost became the first rookie champ. However given Loeb's dominance, Raikonnen may have to wait a few years. I still think that the best drivers in the world aren't in any road-based racing, but in the WRC.

  • hein - 2009-12-04 12:49

    Werda , thats wild statement .

  • Andrew - 2009-12-04 12:50

    @ Werda...does that mean he cant aim to win it?? Another typically negative South African...I suppose the Protea's are crap, the Boks hopeless and Bafana a waste of time ? plank

  • Frank - 2009-12-04 13:01

    They also failed to mention that he crashed out of thr Rally of Finland quite dramatically. But all the best to him, he's one of those drivers that haven't fulfilled his true potential yet.

  • Hein - 2009-12-04 13:05

    Werda . Let me guess , you are a housewife. Go Kimi ,show Werda from Wesselsbron what you can do .

  • Brendon - 2009-12-04 13:51

    Rallying is not new to Kimi and i'm not talking about the one off drive that he had earlier this year.

  • Boerseun - 2009-12-04 13:58

    Good on you Kimi.You'll find rallying a Citroen is much more rewarding than slow coaching in a labouring Ferrari

  • Frank Waters - 2009-12-04 14:01

    @ Jay Jay Eish, that made me laugh, on a more serious note, i hope Kimmi does well. You go ICE MAN

  • Chris - 2009-12-04 14:04

    He has been signed to the "Junior team", so he won't be competing against Seb Loeb. Most Fins grow up on the gravel and although he crashed in his first event, he was pretty damn quick. Good luck to him... Its great to see that a top driver can participate in other motorsport codes...

  • Werda - 2009-12-04 14:05

    He is not even entered for the whole season and will sit out an event because he's entered in the Citroen Junior team. Not negative - just fed up with poor journalism in this country - go ahead NEws 24 - remove that as well.

  • Iceman - 2009-12-04 14:57

    Ha ha you all bore me, He's got the Championship, He's got the talent, He's got the money, he can do ehat ever the hell he wants - He is Kimi Raikkonen

  • Moop - 2009-12-06 20:21

    Hey Iceman! I'm with you! He is Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 F1 World Champion! Go Kimi.

  • Ortos - 2009-12-07 07:42

    Gentlemen, look at the facts. 1. He was`nt wanted by any team in F1. 2.he could`nt keep the Fiat on the dirt first time round. 3. He is going to play in the kiddie corner. @Andrew, not just another negative South African, simply a realistic one, you live live in a dream world bud, welcome to the real one. I liked the "Iceman" and I certainly hope he hoes well in an entirely differnt discipline on motorsport.

  • @Ortos - 2009-12-07 10:47

    Tell me real quick, how was he doing in a S2000 normally aspirated car before flying off the road. 15th, and on what stage did it happen, the last. It happens. I would play in the kiddie corner ANY day if i had a drive with the world champs junior team. So what if he is in the junior team, he has a drive in a WRC team and if Solberg accepts the deal to be the one of the junior drivers for the team then all my MotorSport drivers are in the same sport in the same team. what a pleasure not to watch F1 as it tumbles down. Realistically, F1 is not what it used to be and probably never will be again. F1's loss is WRC's gain.

  • Ortos - 2009-12-07 12:16

    @ Nameless, bud I was being realistic, if I were in his shoes I would do exactly the same (sebatical se-moer send the whole F1 crowd up the creek). Where better to start than with the best rally team in years and that with the juniors, he has a huge advantage over the other youngsters. As for Solberg maybe this is the start of great things again.

  • @Ortos - 2009-12-07 13:34

    quote from Ortos "...if I were in his shoes I would do exactly the same ..." Well, you are not a rally driver, so please keep quiet.

  • Ortos - 2009-12-09 12:45

    @.....................the fart ass individual who wont give a name (even a nom de plume) I have forgotten about rallying that which you probably still have to learn, I grew up in a house where rallying was a meal of the day, (Datsun SSS x3, Saab V4 x1, Saab 96 x2, Ford Escort 1600 BDA x2) wont go further - been around the block Jack.

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