The Toughest Race of My Career
If I would be an icehockey
star, I would say that finishing the Jordan rally in points felt like
getting rid of a monkey away from my shoulder. O’boy, it gave a great
feeling for me. For sure, it was the toughest race of my life. We
managed to finish it and it was perfect to get the first points of the
season at the same time.
My friend Teemu Selanne has sometimes told me, how special feeling
it is to score a goal after some games without getting any. Now I know,
how it must feel for him. To get everything right in the Jordan rally,
gave us a big relief. While you try and try your very best and you
finally succeed, obviously, you’ll be happy.
Me and Kaj Lindstrom, my co-driver, shared the same great feeling on
Saturday after finishing the rally without any mistakes of our own.
That was the first waypoint we had to achieve before setting any other
It was very hot place, indeed. But it was quite surprising that it
didn’t feel that bad inside the car. Actually, it felt even a little bit
It was the toughest rally I ever done and we drove the longest
special stage I ever had before – 41,5 km twice. That was so long, I
started to think, if it’s an ever lasting oroad. But finishing it
finally, gave the best of the feelings. In the end of the day, it was a
great stage, no doubt of it!
It was a difficult rally, but we eventually achieved our objective.
It was great job from all the team. I’m feeling more and more
comfortable in the Citroen C4 WRC every day.
This is not a solitary sport. We have been working hard with Kaj
Lindstrom and without him I would never have learned this rally racing
as quickly as we did. Kaj is working flat out. I’m grateful for him and I
hope we share the good moments like in Jordan as soon as possible
The whole team was happy. The team bosses were all smiles.
Personally I felt good the get a better feeling with the car on the
Obviously, I’m looking forward for the next rally of Turkey. It’s
exciting to see how we go in the next rally in Instanbul.
Now it’s time for a short break and rest. Then it’s back to
business. After some work out in the gym we go next week to Turkey and
start there again from zero.
Kimi’s WRC Pirelli Blog
Blog three: Wednesday 7 April. 0900hrs.
back on it now, I think I would have been quite surprised if somebody
had told me before the season that the first drivers’ points I would
score would come in Jordan. Of all the rallies I did so far it was the
most difficult, but still I ended up with four points for finishing
Rallying seems to be one of these sports where the more
you learn, the less you know. What I mean is that just when you think
you have one problem solved, you realise how much further you have to
But actually, this is exactly how I imagined it would be. I
never expected to come in and be straight into the front, just as I
wouldn’t expect somebody like Sebastien Loeb to come into Formula One
and be straight at the front. Most drivers are naturally impatient – you
want everything, now. But when you start something from the beginning,
you have to control that impulse.
I’m actually enjoying the
process of learning all over again; it’s like my early days in Formula
One. It’s not that Formula One got boring for me, but you get very used
to something if you do it for long enough, and rallying has given me a
great change of scene at a time when I needed it.
As for the
future…who knows? I’m not even thinking about it. At some point in the
year, maybe halfway through it, I’ll have to start thinking about what
to do next, but until then there’s no point in worrying about it. Let’s
just say that for the moment I’m very happy doing what I’m doing.
Rallying has always been a dream of mine since I was a kid, and now I
get the chance to live my dream. How many people can say that? Motor
sport is so pressured and commercial all the time, that it’s easy to
forget the reason why you started to do it in the first place; because
it’s the most fun you can have. This year is all about that for me.
have a bit of time off now before the Rally of Turkey, which I think
should be a slightly more straightforward event for us than Jordan. From
what I hear the surfaces there should be more consistent, which will
help me a lot, although the temperatures are going to be the same – or
maybe even hotter. Although I sweat quite a lot that’s never really
bothered me: I mostly don’t notice it. This ice man doesn’t melt…"