Kimi Raikkonen has completed a two-day test ahead of the next round of the WRC season in Finland.
Junior Team driver tackled two different roads near Jyvasklya during the test at the wheel of his C4 WRC, which gave the former F1 title winner the opportunity to evaluate a number of settings ahead of his home event.
"The test went really well, and it was great for us to have this experience before starting Rally Finland,” he said. “Of course it helps a bit that I have done the rally last year, but the World Rally Car is such a step up from the Super 2000 car that it is like driving a completely different rally.
“We tested everything that we wanted to, and it was also useful to have the experience of preparing pace notes on these fast and technical roads. I'm really looking forward to Rally Finland: as a Grand Prix driver I never really got the chance to compete in the top class at home before, so I think that it's going to be a lot of fun. We made a few adjustments to the car during the test but nothing major: I think we are in a good position to start the rally now."
Co-driver Kaj Lindstrom was also pleased with the way the pre-event test had gone, with Raikkonen looking to repeat the solid form he showed on the asphalt event in Bulgaria last time out.
"I have been lucky enough to have had some great memories of competing on the Rally Finland, but I'm sure that this is going to be a very special one too," he said. "It's always a huge pleasure for me and for Kimi to drive in front of our home crowd, and we hope that we can give everybody something to remember.
“The pre-event test went very well and we have a good feeling with the car and the pace notes. But of course the real action starts a week on Friday!"