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Top 10 World Rally drivers of 2010: Eighth

F1 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen takes eighth place in Crash.net's 2010 top ten World Rally drivers.
8 – Kimi Raikkonen

Many people might have expected more from Kimi Raikkonen this year, but those that did have little understanding of just how big a challenge the Finn faced switching from F1 to the World Rally Championship.

The difference between the two is night and day - and when the former Ferrari and McLaren man started his new adventure he had only done a handful of rallies and only one with the Citroen C4 WRC.

Despite that though, he scored on only his third outing in the 2010 World Rally Championship, when he was eighth in Jordan.

He then followed that up with a fifth in Turkey – what would turn out to be his best result of the season – and a tenth in Portugal, a very solid three-event run.

While he would only take two more points finishes - with a seventh in Germany, including his very first stage win, albeit on the 4.37 km event ending super special and an eighth in GB, which he admitted was probably the toughest round of the season, he didn't disgrace himself.

Yes, he did have a number of offs and failed to finish in Mexico, Japan and France and his over-exuberance got the better of him in Spain, when he binned it in the pre-event shakedown. But at least that showed he was really going for it and if he does continue in 2011, he should be able to put this year's experience to good use.

“This has definitely been the most challenging year of my career and Britain was one of the most difficult rallies I competed on, mostly because of the changing grip all the time,” Kimi said after the finale in Wales. “Like everything else, this has been a completely new experience for me.

“Looking back on 2010, this season has been more or less as I expected it to be: we've made a few mistakes but we've also learned a lot.

“Generally speaking I'm happy with the progress we've made... and I've had a lot of fun as well, so I'm very grateful to Red Bull and Citroen Racing for all the opportunities that we've enjoyed this year."


Statistics – Kimi Raikkonen:

Team: Citroen Junior Team
Car: Citroen C4 WRC

Championship position: 10th
Points: 25

Events: 12 (out of 13)*
Victories: 0
Podiums: 0
Stages wins: 1
Best result: 5th (Turkey)
Points finishes: 5

* Did not start in Spain following a crash in the pre-event shakedown


Crash.net's Top 10 World Rally drivers' of 2010:
8. Kimi Raikkonen
9. Armindo Araujo (Wild Card)
10. Xavier Pons (Wild Card)

Honourable mention: Aaron Burkart (for winning the J-WRC – just!)

What do you think of Crash.net's Top 10 World Rally drivers' for 2010? Why not post a comment now and give us your thoughts.

Also look out for our poll coming soon where you can vote on who you think was the best in 2010...


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Chris - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 1:40 PM

Trouble is Dafydd is that Hapless Wilson one of only 4 drivers to find himself in a works supported drive (Loeb, Sordo and Hiroven)for the past 5 years yet he still can't manage better than 7th. As for the points - don't be confused - using last year's points system our comedy Cumbrian would have scored 26points this year compared to 28points last year. He's getting worse if that's possible!!

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

November 23, 2010 1:25 PM

There is a good chance that Matty will get 7th, he was 7th overall in the Championship This is interesting: Compared to 2009 where Mikko was fighting Loeb right upto the last event on Rally GB This season Matt scored 74 points in 7th, Mikko not hugely more than Matt at 126 Points in 6th compared to Loebs Monster 276 to take the win Ok, Mikko had a very Bad year by his standards finishing a lowly 6th overall I think Stobart needs to try and get 2 drivers like Sordo and Petter as nominated B team drivers to Give Ford a Bumper Season for a change Maybe Matt and Henning can be run independantly by M-Sport as there will be lots of Fiestas run by M-Sport in exactly the same way



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