Raikkonen not giving up on rallying hopes

© Ubaid Parkar, 29 August 2012
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Despite not being allowed by Lotus to contest in rallying this year, Kimi Raikkonen is keen to pursue his interest in the series whenever he can get an opportunity to do so.

The Finn competed in the World Rally Championship for two years after he quit Formula 1 at the end of the 2009 season. And although he is now back in F1, he has acquired a taste for rallying which he intends to take part in again.

"I will do it for fun," Raikkonen told Autosport. "The one reason why I wanted to do it in the first place was to see if I can do it or not.

"I'm a big fan of it and I always thought it was so difficult that I wanted to see what happens. I still want to improve in it and try to do well,” he pointed out. “It's something that, when I'm a bit older, I can do and have fun with. I will definitely do it when I have more time.”

The 2007 world champion wanted to take part in Rally Finland this season, but was denied by his team to chase the endeavour.

"I enjoy both (rallying and F1). I would like to do both of them at the same time but because of timetables, schedules and other reasons it's not possible," he explained.


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