Kimi Raikkonen says his main target for Rally Mexico this weekend is to secure a finish from his first gravel outing with the Citroen Junior Team.
The former F1 champion endured a difficult debut in Sweden, although he battled back from various issues during the three days to bring his C4 WRC home to the finish.
While a back issue prevented him from taking part in pre-event testing ahead of the Mexican event, Raikkonen insisted he was ready for the second event of the year and was fully focused on a finish.
“My plan had initially been to take part in a test session on gravel, in order to get to know the Citroen C4 WRC a bit better on a new surface for me,” he said. “But unfortunately I experienced a bit of back pain that stopped me from driving. I've had some treatment now but I preferred to rest before leaving for Mexico. Of course I would have liked to test the car before going, but it was important to recuperate in order to start the second rally of the season in the best possible physical shape.
"Gravel is the surface that everybody associates with rallying, and of course it is a complete contrast to anything that I experienced in Formula 1. If you are sliding a Formula 1 car, something is going wrong, but in rallying this is something that you do every day. We learned a lot in Sweden and this will certainly help us in Mexico, but effectively we are starting all over again from the beginning now.
“My approach is going to be exactly the same though: we want to build up our speed at a comfortable pace and above all get to the finish. We managed to get quicker and quicker the last time we were out and this will be the aim for us again in Mexico."