Former world champion and new Citroen World Rally Championship driver Kimi Raikkonen seems to be settling in to the more relaxed environment of the WRC world. The former Ferrari F1 driver sat down with Robin Scott-Elliot at the Independent for a chat about the start of his rallying career.
While F1 is on the verge of a much-needed infusion of excitement with the return of 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher, new teams and a possible eight drivers that could challenge for the title, the World Rally Championship is also poised for a similar infusion of excitement.
The arrival of Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen signals a reinvigorating attention and scrutiny to the sport which has been languishing under the dominion of brilliantly talented and egregiously dominant Frenchman SÃ©bastien Loeb for the last six years. The quiet Finn has been the talk of the WRC paddock of late and who can blame them? Raikkonen gave F1 plenty to talk about while he was there and yet said very littl to garner such attention.
Th story is a nice piece on Raikkonen and does suggest his hopes and realistic expectations for the upcoming season. Raikkonen’s presence in the WRC may just increase the viewer numbers for teh sport as F1 fans of Raikkonen who miss his presence in F1 seek him out in another series. At least that is what the WRC is hoping. I know they have gained one viewer but that’s just because they have chosen to show the series in the US this year. Raikkonen is a bonus thrown in at no extra charge.
Check out the aricle and come back to let us know if you will be watching WRC this year and what your expectations for the flying Finn will be agains teh veterans like Loeb and Sordo.