Kimi Raikkonen's ICE 1 Racing team has been thrown out of this year's manufacturers' championship, following his decision to skip Rally Australia, the tenth round in the 2011 WRC.
Raikkonen has taken in six events so far this season and while he had been due to make the trip 'down under', he pulled out a few weeks back due to logistical and organisational difficulties.
His failure to show though, contravened the rules and when the event started on Friday, the stewards took action and in addition to excluding ICE 1 Racing from the manufacturers', the team was also ordered to pay the entry fee and a fine of 16,200 Euros to the FIA, the sports' governing body. ICE 1 Racing had been in fifth place in the manufacturers' with 48 points.
The full statement issued by the stewards read:
“The stewards received notification that car #8 (Entrant: ICE 1 Racing / Driver: Kimi Raikkonen) had advised the organisers that he would not contest the 2011 Rally Australia.
“Having considered the provisions of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship Sporting Regulations and specifically article 7.3.8, the stewards decide to require the team, ICE 1 Racing, to pay the entry fee to the organisers of the 2011 Rally Australia, to pay to the FIA a fine equal to the amount of the registration fee being 16,200 Euros [and] to exclude ICE 1 Racing from the classification of the [manufacturers'] Championship.”
The ruling will not stop Raikkonen from taking in any of the remaining three WRC events this season in his Citroen DS3 WRC car, and he has already submitted an entry for France at the end of this month. He is also scheduled to do Spain and Wales too.
Thus far this year Kimi has scored points in every event he has contested – his best results, two sixth places.