Good news for Kimi fans – his official website is finally ready for the new season as his first photoshoots from his sponsor Red Bull arrived over the weekend. Well, everything is almost ready. There are a few things that still need to be finished like the fanclub page but the rest is Kimilicious indeed! Notice the Iceman’s eyes move after the rally introduction? Hilarious! There are good features in the multimedia section such as new wallpapers, a screensaver and an exclusive video of his first Citroen test in France earlier this mont. The website now has a video
profile on Vimeo.com and also YouTube. Here are the videos:
…an extremely laidback Kimi there, gotta love him. Plus, Kimi’s columns are back! He has a preview written up already, the Finnish (and best) version which you can read below. If KRS wasn’t enough, then I’m sure you all should be satisfied now. Keep flying Kimi!
It Starts From Tunturi (Arctic)
preview | Finnish translation courtesy of Nicole
I have always said that you shouldn’t make any astonishing conclusions
before the first race. Now it’s even more true. I feel like I would be a
Finnish pioneer who went to conquer America. I don’t know at all how
things will go. The only thing I can promise you is that I will do my
best and I won’t give up at any point.
In the beginning it’s more of building the trust because all races in
the serie are in new places and I have to learn to trust the notes. It
means a lot to me that Kaj Lindström is my co-driver. We are in a good
sync. He is the best possible man for the job and without him I doubt I
would have even gone into this project.
During the weekend we drove tests in Mid-Finland and they went well. The
car works as a clock. You can see that it has been strong and reliable.
Just like it has to be when it has won so many races and championships.
It’s for sure that all other F1 drivers would like to drive a rally car –
or at least try it. I already know what it feels like.
Now we go to Tunturi and make pace notes on Tuesday and Wednesday. We
will get a feeling from the snow and make sure that everything works in
cold conditions. The shakedown is on Thursday and on Friday we start
pushing the race.
The Arctic start
Well, this is what I’ve been looking for since signing the contract
for WRC rally season 2010 with the Red Bull Citroen team.
My feeling is about the same like it always has been before the
first race of the season in Formula One. Like us all I feel the
butterflies in my stomach in a nice way. All in all my feeling is the
very best to start racing again.
The most motivating thing for a racing drivers is to approach a new
kind of challenge. Obviously, going to rally is all new challenge for
me. That makes it so exciting to start this season.
The new car Citroen C4 WRC has fitted me well since the first test.
Now we have had 3 days with it. It feels nice, while you see how
effectively it reacts to the changes in the set-up. Everything we have
tried has worked as it should. We feel we are working into the right
direction and that’s what the engineers confirmed to us in the
I start this brand new campaign this week form the Arctic Lapland
Rally in Rovaniemi. In our programme this rally is only a preparation –
like a final test – for Sweden, where the WRC season starts in February.
It’s great to get going so soon. After testing the car first time in
France, I’ve been looking forward to race it, too.
The winter break went fast. I spent it exactly in the same way I
always did while I was in Formula One. First I took some holiday, had
fun with my family and friends and then I went back to training. I have
trained in the same way like always with Mark Arnall. I know the rally
will be physically very, very tough. It will be hard shaking and ratting
and sometimes in the cockpit it will be hot like a Finnish
sauna with your overall and helmet on.
You have to be top-fit to be able to focus all the time on your
I’ve always said that it’s useless to give too much predictions
before the first race of the new season. Obviously, now I mean it even
more than ever before. I don’t know how the oldtime Finnish pioneer
settlers felt before going to America, but, most likely, I feel a little
bit the same for this new adventure of mine.
How it goes, I don’t know. Let’s wait and see, but, for sure, I can
promise doing my very best in every rally. I’m not going to give up a
Of course, the start of the season will be some kind of confidence
building period, too. All the rallies outside of Finland are new places
for me. I have to learn all the rallies and I have to learn to rely on
the notes. It’s very important for me to have Kaj Lindstrom as my
co-driver. We get along fine and he is the best possible guy to work
with. Without Kaj I probably would not have started this huge project at
We tested two days in Central Finland everything went well. The car
is reliable like a Swiss watch. Obviously, it’s easy to see that the car
has been strong and reliable, like it should while the team has won so
many races and so many championships.
It’s for sure all the other Formula One drivers would love drive a
rally car – at least, to try how it goes. Well, I know already how it
Now we go to Rovaniemi and start making notes on Tuesday. We are
looking for the feeling on snow and we test that everything is working
well in such a cold conditions. On Thursday we’ll have a shakedown and
then the race on Friday and on Saturday.
Loeb: Raikkonen will succeed in WRC
"It’s very difficult to say straight away how he will get on," said
Loeb. "What we can look at is what he did on Rally Finland last year,
when he was close to the pace in the Group N class – this was very good.
"It’s easy to see he can drive the car, there’s no doubting he’s a very
good driver. He’s a Finn, he has been brought up on slippery surfaces
and I’m sure he was playing around on them for a long time, it’s natural
that he will be good like the other Finnish drivers."
Citroen Racing Technologies team manager Benoit Nogier, the man who will
run Raikkonen’s C4 this season, added: "This experience will be as
useful to the team as it will be to the individual crews. Kimi will
drive a C4 WRC in identical specification to the one that he will race
over the rest of the season.
"Similarly, the crew of technicians in Rovaniemi will remain on his car
for the remainder of the year."
Q. Have you met Kimi yet?
Loeb: No, I haven’t met him really. I don’t know him at the
moment. I will be delighted to meet him, he looks like a cool man and
I’m sure we will get on well.
Q. What about these stories that, if all goes well for him
this year, he could be your team-mate next season?
SL: That’s something I don’t have to decide on.
Olivier [Quesnel, Citroen team boss] will take the best drivers for the
car next year. And if he is good this year, then why not?
I am happy he is here in the sport. I think he can be good for the
rally. It’s great to have his name with us, there’s a really good story
for you and the media. It’s something exciting for us.
Q. What will he be good at this year?
SL: Driving fast! He is a natural driver. Look at
what he achieved in Formula 1. For sure, he will be able to drive fast
on the road he knows.
Q. What will he struggle with this year?
SL: I don’t know for sure, but probably the most
difficult thing for him will be to drive fast when he doesn’t know the
road and he has only seen the road while driving slowly two times
before. Making precise notes is really important for him this year.