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Raikkonen out of rally after shakedown smash

Kimi Raikkonen has been ruled out of an event he had been expected to excel on, after crashing on the shakedown for the Rally de Espana.
Kimi Raikkonen's fraught World Rally Championship campaign took another twist ahead of the Rally de Espana - and won't have helped his chances of continuing in the sport next season.

Already thought likely to lose the backing of Red Bull and, with it, his seat in the four-car Citroen squad, the Finn may see other doors close as a result of an accident in the shakedown for this weekend's mixed surface event which, while not injuring either himself or co-driver Kaj Lindstrom, left his C4 WRC beyond immediate repair. Ironically, the roll came on the sort of tarmac section thought to suit his previous circuit racing ability.

According to reports, Raikkonen was making his first pass through the 3km stage when he clipped the inside of a left-hand corner and rolled into a bank on the other side of the road. Although the car came to rest back on its wheels, and was able to be driven back to the service park, its roll cage was too extensively damaged for the Citroen Junior Team to consider repairing it in time for the start of the event on Friday morning.

"I don't know the rally at all, but the route doesn't look like any race circuit I've ever seen, although I've heard some people say it's similar!" he joked before starting the recce, "This year it's going to be completely different too as the first day is gravel. But I think it's quite nice to have the variety on this event, even though gravel is not our strongest surface.

"In the end, we'll just do our best and try not to make any mistakes, which has been our goal since the start of the year. It should be a very interesting rally that teaches us a lot, but I don't think we should have expectations that are too high. If we can be near the top six then that would be great, but the main thing is just to get to the end. If you go like crazy on the first day and go off, then you don't learn anything. And that's why I'm here - to learn."




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Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
podium, winners Jari-Matti Latvala,  Miikka Anttila (Volkswagen Polo WRC #2, Volkswagen Motorsport), 2n place Andreas Mikkelsen ,Ola Floene (Volkswagen Polo R WRC, #9 Volkswagen Motorsport II) and 3th place Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)
Kris Meeke, Paul Nagle (Citroën DS3 WRC, #3 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT)

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Who Cares - Unregistered

October 21, 2010 1:14 PM

Never forget that in motorsports, it's easier to teach a Kimi Raikkonen to stop crashing than to teach a Matt Wilson to become fast. Remember McRae, crashing all the time and then becoming World Champion. The expectations are high about Raikkonen but he is still in his first year of rallying, ever! The other WRC contenders made that kind of mistake when they were beginners in their country, where no journo was there. Although, if I remember well, Latvala did crash out during the last SSS last year or in 2008 isn't it? All in all, no big deal, just a sad mistake putting his 2011 season at risk, which is a shame because after one season learning, he would have delivered next year, for sure...



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