F1 » Citroën boss hints Raikkonen rally switch is permanent


Citroën Total World Rally Team boss Olivier Quesnel hopes 2007 F1 World Rally Champion Kimi Raikkonen makes such a strong impression in his first season in the World Rally Championship (WRC) in 2010 that he decides to stay in 2011 - possibly as team-mate to Sébastien Loeb...

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Cardinal

December 08, 2009 1:36 PM

I think Kimi will get more pleasure and fulfillment from rallying than he gets from F1, with all its associated scandal and bullsh*t. I hope so anyway, and I hope he does well. Be good if he could shake up the established order in WRC. Good luck for 2010 Kimi.

Huggy - Unregistered

December 08, 2009 3:53 PM

We shouldn't forget that if his switch is successful, he could become the only man to win the F1 driver's championship and the WRC driver's championship. This would be a far more impressive achievement than merely winning another F1 championship. Admittedly, he's not going to do it in his first year, but its going to be pretty exciting watching him have a go....

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

December 08, 2009 4:51 PM

I have to Confess I do not get much involved with F1, but I have just had a conversation about this topic and Raikkonen is getting £40 Million to sit out 2010

Wow, you cant compare F1 to WRC in terms of that kind of Money, i know its not all about the Money, but he will obviously feel a bit funny doing Rallying.

I think it shows how much love he has for Motorsport that he can walk away from F1 and sign to do a season in WRC for next to Nothing in Comparrison.

I have a feeling after his S2000 Finland Performance that Raikkonen will turn a few heads in 2010. Maybe after Ferrari the Majority of his money will come from Personal Endorsments in the future such as RedBull

Taz - Unregistered

December 08, 2009 6:09 PM

@Dafydd

Where did you hear £40 million ? I heard he'd get paid £16 million if he didn't race in F1 or £10 million if he went to another team.

Does that mean he's getting paid £24 million to drive for Citroen ? Or is he on a retainer and red bull has thrown the rest in ?

richard

December 08, 2009 7:04 PM

i think that kimi has signed for peanuts. dont forget, that as he is not diving for a f1 team, he will get full 17m from ferrari, instead of the 10m, plus what he would have been paid by merc or whatever. a shrewd move, and he is keeping doors open by his connection with red bull.

ferret .

December 08, 2009 9:44 PM

Everyone, Crash has made a miss print or something wrong has been said. Read the top part of the story again saying " Citreon total world rally team boss Olivier quesnel hopes 2007 F1 world rally champion Kimi Raikkonen makes such a strong impression in his first season....."
2007 F1 world rally champion? Where did that come from?
Have we all missed something?... :rolleyes:

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