Raikkonen 'ready' for Jordan

Former F1 man Kimi Raikkonen gets set for an 'interesting adventure' in Jordan and adds that it will be 'vital' to cover all the stages.
Kimi Raikkonen says he is feeling good ahead of the Jordan Rally this week, even if he does think the event will be yet another 'huge challenge'.

The former F1 world champion has had a tough baptism since switching to the World Rally Championship and a mistake last time out in Mexico – when he rolled his Citroen C4 WRC multiple times in the final stage on day 1, ended his run prematurely.

He is determined though to keep plugging away and benefited from a test in the south of France in the build up to the trip to the Jerash-based round.

"For sure, it's another huge challenge for me but I'm getting used to that now!" said the Citroen Junior Team man. "I've done some testing which helps, but obviously Jordan will be a completely new set of conditions and we will need a bit of time to get used to them.

"Each of the three rallies we have done so far is massively different, but this is part of rallying; you have to be quick everywhere on all the various surfaces. Of all the events we have tried, this is the territory that is probably the most unfamiliar so far, so it's going to be an interesting adventure and the main idea is obviously to get to the end. It's vital to cover all the stages.

"I still need to get used to the Citroen C4 WRC on gravel and find a way of driving that suits my style. We're going to see what the gap is between myself and the frontrunners at the start of the rally and then just try to reduce it bit by bit. I'm looking forward to the rally: I'm feeling good and I'm ready to go."

Jordan meanwhile is one of the few rallies that Raikkonen's experienced co-driver Kaj Lindstrom - the veteran of 64 WRC events - has never competed on before, not that he is too concerned.

"You just treat every rally in the same way and get on with your job," he added. "It does mean that it's going to be very important for us to get through all the stages though and make good pace notes. That's one area where Kimi has improved a lot so far this year however, and it's getting better and better all the time. So I think we'll have a good time; and we'll make sure that we avoid any camels!"

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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Kimi Raikkonen – Citroen C4 WRC. Arctic Lapland Rally [Pic credit: Citroen / McKlein]

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March 30, 2010 11:04 AM

I give the Iceman 10/10. Go read his website and you will see how hard he is trying. How much respect he gives other drivers and by his own admission how difficult he is finding the switch to ralling....but most of all how much he is enjoying himself. When you look at the F1 stage right now I am starting to believe Kimi must be one clever lad to walk away when he did. He could have sat in a mid pack car and earned millions but he took this on instead. On he website he says 'I did the right thing for this year'....leaving the door wide open for anything and everything. The dude is learning and he is the first to admit it.

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