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Kimi Raikkonen 'would have made' it in WRC

Kaj Lindstrom: Rallying was just a hobby for him so it's understandable he went back to F1...

Kimi Raikkonen could have succeeded in the WRC if he had stuck at it, that's the view of his former co-driver Kaj Lindstrom.

Raikkonen took the decision to switch to the WRC in 2010, but at the end of last year the Finn called time on his rallying foray and opted to return to F1 with Lotus. During his time in the WRC he managed a number of top-ten finishes, his best result coming in Turkey when he was fifth.

“It would have taken some time but he would have made it,” Lindstrom told the official WRC site this week. “All his career he has been racing himself on the circuit and driving with his eyes. In rallying you can't drive with your eyes, you have to rely on your pace notes and to learn that way of thinking would have taken some more time.

“It was good to race with him, though, and I enjoyed it very much, he's a nice person and it was fun.

“But when he started to talk about returning to F1 I know that's his world and rallying was just a hobby for him so it's understandable he went back.

“But he really enjoys rallying and I'm sure he would love to do some more rallying in the future.”



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Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Citroen DS3 WRC, ICE 1 Racing
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Citroen DS3 WRC, ICE 1 Racing
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Citroen DS3 WRC, ICE 1 Racing
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Citroen C4 WRC, Citroen Junior Team
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Kaj Lindstrom (FIN), Citroen DS3 WRC, ICE 1 Racing

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DafyddLarcombe

July 07, 2012 10:03 AM

Hey, you have to admire him for having a go at it. He is a Formula 1 Driver who appreciated how much Fun Rally is, He paid out of his own pocket in the 2nd year too with his own ICE Rally Team I dont know why Kaj made that statement but because i didnt see the makings of a World Champion, but he obviously injoyed himself and he seems to of found his Mojo again in F1



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