Raikkonen still wants to do rallying

© F1 Pulse, 28 February 2013
© AP Photo/ Francisco Seco

Kimi Raikkonen may have returned to Formula 1 but the Finn still harbours dreams of competing in the World Rally Championship.

The Lotus driver had quit F1 at the end of the 2009 season and during his sabbatical competed in WRC, producing decent results for a rookie in the series and still intent in competing in it.

“I still want to do rallying. I had a good time and I knew from the very beginning that it was going to be tough,” Raikkonen told the official F1 website. “People say ‘oh, it’s been a failure’. Not at all – I started with zero experience and for that I did pretty well. Sure I went off, but anybody believing he could do better, go and prove it!”

The 33-year-old recently took part in the Race of Stars event in Moscow’s Hippodrome, where he got the opportunity to drive a Renault Duster on ice. [PHOTOS]

“It was good to be back on an ice track after a while away,” Raikkonen said. “It made a change from Barcelona and my regular F1 car!

“You need a very different driving style on ice – you have to be very smooth on the throttle and brakes and feed the steering in. But a small drift can also be pretty fun,” he added.

It is, however, unlikely that Lotus will allow its star driver to take part in other motorsports considering its former driver Robert Kubica was severely injured in a horrific rallying crash, which has sidelined him from F1.


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