Pre-event press conference – Spain

Kimi, we believe you won't be starting the event here in Spain after an accident on the shakedown stage, can you tell us what happened?

Kimi Raikkonen:
I touched the bank a little bit, the car jumped on the roof and [hit] the bank. It bent the roll cage and that's it.

How far into the stage were you?

It was just before the tarmac starts.

There's damage to the car and you can't start…

That's the rules. Nothing we can do.

What did you think of the stages?

I thought, from what I saw on the video, they are more straight and fast, but when I got here for the recce they were twisty with a lot of corners, that's all we see. Now I go and do something else this weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend? Will you stay around and support the guys?

I think I'll go back to Switzerland.

What about the future? Is there any news yet?

Unfortunately, not yet. There are some options and, for sure, I have to chose very quickly and chose the right one for myself. I haven't done anything yet. I want to find some good way for the future.

Has what happened here put you off rallying?

Not really. Okay it has happened two times, but I knew that before the season. It hurts more that we can't do the rally. And for the team, but there's nothing I can do. It doesn't change anything. I knew it would be difficult. I still enjoy it, I was look forward to this rally, but it will not happen.

Will you have a decision about your future before Rally GB?

I have to do it at some point, there's always a timeframe for everything. I hope we get sorted by the end of the season, but I can't promise anything.

Questions from the floor:

Q: Marco Giordo (Autosprint, Italy).
Dani, you tested the new car, the DS3. How is it?

It's really good. I don't have any other reference, so we don't know. But it's really fun to drive. It's a little bit less power, but it's good for the spectator, you drive it a little bit more sliding.

Related Pictures

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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Ken Block (USA), Ford Focus WRC 08, Monster World Rally Team
Malcolm Wilson, Team Principal, Ford World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP), Citroen C4 Citroën Total World Rally Team
Dani Sordo (ESP) Diego Vallejo (ESP), Citroen C4 Citroën Total World Rally Team

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