WRC » Raikkonen cans Australia entry, tests 908

Kimi Raikkonen elects not to compete on Rally Australia

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August 24, 2011 11:15 AM

Hope his testing goes well. I honestly think that Le mans and sports car racing will be much more suited to him and his style of driving...

In my opinion, i can see Raikkonen doing Peugeot's full sports car programme next year in the 908 (around 7 races), while they also give him the freedom (and possibly the car) to race in selected WRC events that don't clash. WIN WIN?

Taz - Unregistered

August 24, 2011 12:35 PM

He's quicker than some of the regulars in his 2nd year, probably a mixed program as matto suggested would be a best bet.

Wish I had his job, going round trying difference motorsport disciplines and partying at Ferrari's expense. That's the way to do it :)

Chris - Unregistered

August 24, 2011 1:03 PM

A real shame. What with Ostberg running low on funds and skipping Oz as well, Hapless may break into the top 10 which would be remarkable achievement on a technically challenging event (blah blah blah) given this is only his 85th rally and 8th year competing on the WRC. Interesting that after 9 events last year Hapless had 56 points compared to 40 this year. If possible Hapless is getting slower!! If he keeps this up he'll be travelling back in time before too long.

alex - Unregistered

August 24, 2011 1:16 PM

Now to see if rallyaustralia.com do a press release on this. I doubt they will. They've been advertising Kimi as a draw-card to the event.

Kimi should do a statement about rallyaustralia like he did about Renault - another instance of false use of his name for promotional purposes.


August 24, 2011 2:16 PM

I've never liked Raikkonen, for many reasons, but this is only a matter of personal taste.
I must admit that endurance could be a good choice.
He isn't probably any more fast enough to go back to F1 (where anyway nobody really wants him), at least for now he is only average in rallies, and he hasn't impressed in USA.
However he is certainly fast enough for Peugeot, provided that he finds the perseverance and the good will to learn which are absolutely necessary to succeed in motorsport. But this remains to be seen.

JT2 - Unregistered

August 24, 2011 2:18 PM

How is it a false use of his name if at the begining of the year he had Australia as one of his 10 races & only pulled out end of last week? Id imagine rallyaustralia.com werent the top of his to call list cause hes not going.

JT2 - Unregistered

August 24, 2011 2:22 PM

What I meant by that comment is Im sure rallyaustralia.com had the advertising done well in advance of Kimi pulling out. Not the same situation as Renault using his name in media when he wasnt in talks with them.

Max - Unregistered

August 24, 2011 10:21 PM

While i was reading the above post, i was laughing & sad & thought that it sounded like Chris. When i looked@bottom, i was right.
Chris where have u been hiding all this time?
All we need now is for Taz to show up!

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