Kimi Raikkonen's Rally Mexico is over after the former McLaren and Ferrari F1 star made a mistake in the final proper stage on Friday and crashed out.

Raikkonen had endured a tough start to the event and while he was tenth quickest in the opening test, he also hit a rock and damaged a steering arm. Although he could continue and made repairs ahead of SS2, a technical problem cost him more than 35 minutes in Ortega 1 and dropped him to 30th and last place.

Kimi persevered however, and was back on it in SS3, setting the seventh quickest time. He was also on the pace in SS4, SS5 and SS6, until an error in SS7 - the 18.87 kilometre El Cubilete 2 test - brought his outing to a premature end.

The incident occurred virtually within sight of the finish line, when his Citroen C4 WRC car went off the road and rolled. Kimi and co-driver, Kaj Lindstrom both escaped unhurt, but unfortunately the car was badly damaged ruling out any chance of rejoining under the SupeRally.

"It was very unlucky: the car just slid wide at the end of the stage in a slippery braking area, so we clipped the side of the road and rolled a few times. I had hoped for some good things from this rally, but it was only my seventh event and I am still learning," admitted the 2007 F1 world champion. "It's normal that when you are learning anything you can get caught out by something unexpected and this is what happened to me today.

"My biggest disappointment is that we're not able to continue, as I wanted to have as much time in the car as I could. I had a really good feeling earlier and I wanted to push to see what we could do. I'm sure we will come back stronger at our next event, and while today was disappointing, I'm really enjoying my rally adventure with Red Bull."

Raikkonen's co-driver, Lindstrom, who has been with the Finn since he started rallying last year, meanwhile was philosophical about the crash.

"It was a shame that we ended our rally how we did as Kimi was making excellent progress, both with the driving and the pace notes. When we went off we were in a braking area for a left and then a right hand corner with lots of dust and sand. Kimi had been driving perfectly to the notes and it's the sort of thing that could happen to anyone," he added. "Up until then things had been going really well, and I'm confident that we'll be on track again at our next event. It's all part of the game."


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