Kimi Raikkonen concluded his first year in the World Rally Championship with a solid points finish on the season-ending Wales Rally GB.

Raikkonen headed to the Welsh forests looking to add to his points tally and produced one of his strongest performances of the year as he came through the event without any mistakes to take eighth place.

It leaves the former F1 champion tenth in the standings after a season where he finished inside the points on five of the eleven events he contested.

"It's been a really good rally and it's nice to end my first season in the World Rally Championship with a points finish," he said. "This has definitely been the most challenging year of my career and Britain was one of the most difficult rallies that I competed on, mostly because of the grip changing all the time. The roads were really slippery, but it's always been a question of trying to work out exactly how slippery they are. Like everything else, this has been a completely new experience for me.

"Looking back on it, 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. The stages in Wales are really nice, but as always you need experience to be really quick on them. Generally speaking I'm happy with the progress we've made on this rally 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."

Raikkonen was also praised by team-mate Kaj Lindstrom at the conclusion of the season.

"For somebody with so little experience, Kimi has taken everything in his stride and made a lot of progress on both gravel and asphalt, as well as with the pace notes," he said. "It's clear how much he has improved and there's plenty more still to come. On this event Kimi has been really impressive with no mistakes at all, so it's been a great way to finish the season."

Raikkonen's future has still to be decided after he turned his back on a possible return to F1 after just one year away, with rumours that he could leave the Citroen Junior Team.



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