Kimi Raikkonen continued his WRC education in impressive fashion in Germany as the former F1 title winner secured his maiden stage victory.

Although the stage win came on a short Superspecial test, it capped a solid performance from the Finn as he successfully completed the challenging event in a solid seventh place, having just missed out on sixth to the Stobart Ford of Matthew Wilson.

Admitting that a lack of experience has hampered him in only his second asphalt event, Raikkonen said he was happy with the result, which ended with him inside the points for the fourth time this year.

"We want to build up the basic knowledge of how to be a rally driver," the Citroen Junior Team driver said. "Some people might think it's easy to go from Formula One to an asphalt rally, but it's completely different: apart from maybe the superspecial stage, which is more like a racing track!

"The surfaces are changing all the time and that's one of the most difficult things to get used to, along with the pace notes and all the different corners. But generally it's been another very positive experience, and it was nice to win a stage as well."