WRC convert Kimi Raikkonen got his first taste of the Citroen C4 WRC
on Tuesday, at a private gravel test track close to the team’s
workshops in Satory, France.
This initial shakedown allowed the
Finn to start getting used to the car that he will drive in the 2010
FIA World Rally Championship.
With only a few weeks left before
this year’s World Rally Championship season gets underway in Sweden on
12 February, Raikkonen has already started his preparations in earnest.
The 2007 Formula 1 World Champion, and his co-driver Kaj
Lindstrom, visited Citroën Racing’s facilities in Versailles on Tuesday
for seat fittings and to meet team personnel.
The Finn was then
able to drive the C4 WRC on a gravel test track within the Satory
complex. Having covered around 50 kilometres, the latest Citroen Junior
Team signing appreciated the chance to familiarise himself with his new
"I very much enjoyed meeting the team properly for the
first time," he said. "It was good to try out a few different things; I
was very interested to see how the car reacted when you changed some of
the settings. Now, I’m really keen to get back behind the wheel of the
Raikkonen’s first competitive outing will be on 28
January. In order to prepare for the forthcoming Swedish Rally, the
Finn is scheduled to compete on the Arctic Lapland Rally.
Loeb: Welcome Räikkönen!
Rally’s six-time champion Sébastien Loeb welcomes Kimi Räikkönen to the Citroën team.
Räikkönen will be competing in the coming season in Citroën’s Junior
Team. Citroën’s factory team’s first driver Loeb is waiting for the
F1-star’s first season in WRC with excitement.
"It will be interesting. This is an entirely new sport for him so
the beginning can be quite difficult. There is a lot to learn but
taking account his skill-level I believe the adaptment will happen
pretty quickly," Loeb said in French Sports.fr-site’s interview.
There will be three tarmac rallies in the coming WRC-season. Loeb
doesn’t believe though that Räikkönen is that strong due to his
background in track-racing.
"I don’t think he will do better in tarmac just because he comes
from Formula One, especially because Finns are usually good at gravel.
Any way, it’s a pleasure to welcome him to the team," Loeb continued.