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Raikkonen entered for Sweden

11 January 2011

F1 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen will compete on Rally Sweden next month.

Raikkonen, who made the switch to the World Rally Championship last season with the Citroen Junior Team, lodged his entry for the opening round of the season just before they closed at 15.00 hours on Monday.

The Finn will compete in the new Citroen DS3 WRC car, the same as will be driven by factory drivers Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier.

However, Kimi won't compete under the Citroen Junior Team banner, but rather under the name of the new ICE 1 Racing WRC Team, understood to be funded by the 31-year-old's own sponsors.

Further details are currently sketchy as nothing official has been released by the former Ferrari and McLaren man – although French newspaper L'Equipe claims Raikkonen has committed to ten of the 13 WRC events.

A spokesperson for Citroen told Crash.net that Kimi has rented the car from them and will run it under his own name, hence the creation of the ICE 1 Racing WRC Team – Raikkonen's nickname, after all, is the 'Ice-man'. Citroen added that as Raikkonen is leasing the car, they won't be putting out any sort of release.

“With Kimi's limited experience, it may be better to do additional testing while the others are competing,” his manager Steve Robertson told Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.


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