Reports from the UK suggest that 2007 Formula One World Champion, Kimi Raikkonen, has decided to put his F1 career on hold for 2010 in favour of tackling more events in the WRC.

David Robertson, Raikkonen's manager suggested to the BBC that after failing to find a competetive F1 drive for the 2010 season, the Finn had decided to race in the WRC instead, before a planned return to F1 racing in 2011... [read more]

Long standing rally fan Raikkonen made his WRC debut on his home Rally Finland back in August this year and impressed aboard a Fiat Abarth Punto S2000. Despite engine issues he was lying in 15th position overall before rolling his hatchback into a ditch during the second day of the rally (video below).

Kimi, who won the 2007 world title with Ferrari, left the team at the end of this season with one year of his contract remaining.

Armed with a multi million Dollar payoff, and after failing to land a seat with a F1 team that he felt would provide him with a chance of a second title, Raikkonen decided to take a sabbatical from the sport. Robertson said in an interview with the BBC "He's one of those guys who moves on quickly - he just said 'now we concentrate on rallying,'" . "He is now looking to find a drive in the WRC, although nothing has yet been tied down.

Kaj Lindstrom, Raikkonen's co-driver,told WRC .com that the pair would work together again next year but would not be drawn on speculation in some parts of the press that they could land a drive in a WRC Citroen C4

Video: GrandPrixGirls
Editorial: Neil Tozer

1 comment:

  1. I can't understand why Ferrari dropped Kimi's contract (i.e. PAID him not to race) to bring Alonso onboard. It seems to me that Kimi is still a competitive driver and they could have just let his contract expire at the end of 2010 after getting another season of (admittedly understated but still fast) drives out of him. Alonso is clearly very good, but Ferrari seemed awfully hard up to get him!