pudéssemos fazer o mesmo tipo de performance na Bulgária, ficando no
top 5, seria realmente bom. Ninguém dirigiu nesse rali antes, o que será
bom para nós. As estradas do pequeno rali que dirigimos neste último
fim de semana são bastante parecidas com as que veremos nesse fim de
semana. Não será fácil, com certeza. Mas espero que nós possamos ter um
bom resultado na França. O problema é que sempre é difícil prever um
resultado quando você não sabe nada sobre como esse lugar será, então
vamos nos concertrar para fazermos as notas o melhor possível. No geral,
melhoramos muito desde o início da temporada e eu me sinto muito
confortável agora, então esperamos continuar nosso progresso neste fim
de semana. A França é obviamente um evento realmente importante para a
Citroën, então com certeza será muito divertido – é como a Ferrari
dirigindo em Monza!"
"Estamos aprendendo etapas por etapas, e eu acho que ás vezes as
pessoas se esquecem que este é apenas o primeiro ano de Kimi no Rali e
ninguém nunca correu neste nível com nenhum tipo de experiência antes.
Kimi tem ido muito bem e eu tenho certeza que ele melhorará na França.
Asfalto é obviamente a superfície que ele conhece um pouco melhor e nós
iremos trabalhar juntos pra um bom ritmo das notas para que ele possa
mostrar seu talento nos estágios."
Bjus, Ana Lú ☺
A evolução de Kimi Raikkonen em sua temporada de
estreia no WRC tem atraído o interesse de várias montadoras. Além da
Ford, a estreante Mini também fez uma proposta ao finlandês
Kimi Raikkonen tem sido um dos grandes focos de especulações neste final
de temporada. Além do já divulgado interesse do finlandês em retornar à
F1 em 2011, o site oficial do WRC revela que o campeão mundial de F1 em
2007 tem propostas para se transferir da Citroën para a Ford, para
formar dupla com Ken Block. A Mini, marca da BMW e que tem o suporte
técnico da Prodrive, também aparece como opção para o próximo ano.
|Raikkonen tem várias opções para seguir a carreira em 2011|
acordo com o site da categoria, a Monster, concorrente da Red Bull no
ramo das bebidas energéticas, gostaria de contar com Raikkonen em sua
equipe, que tem em Block seu único piloto no WRC. A boa relação, tanto
de Ken quanto do finlandês com os representantes da patrocinadora,
poderiam facilitar a transferência. Nesse caso, Kimi deixaria de
representar a Citroën e passaria a defender a rival Ford.
opção para Raikkonen é a Mini. A montadora alemã já contratou o
britânico Kris Meeke, que conquistou o título do IRC em 2009. (Desafio
Internacional de Rali). A fábrica, que é comandada pela BMW e tem
parceria com a Prodrive, busca reforçar sua equipe para a estreia no ano
que vem. Nesse caso, o finlandês permaneceria vinculado à Red Bull.
a imprensa europeia vê na Renault o novo destino de Kimi na F1 em 2011,
o site do WRC informa que o piloto de 30 anos pode optar por cumprir um
ano sabático, mas há a chance de que o nórdico abandone definitivamente
Embora tenha declarado que sua primeira opção é continuar no WRC,
Raikkonen desconversou sobre seu futuro e garantiu não ter pressa para
definí-lo. “Até agora, estou gostando [de estar no WRC], mas tenho que
decidir. Acho que vou saber em breve, mas não tenho pressa”,
E mais uma vez… só nos resta esperar!
Bjus Ana Lú ☺
Räikkönen secured the first podium finish of his rally career in June
in Italy’s Rally Lanterna where he was second after his team mate
In August Räikkönen won his first WRC level special stage in Germany.
the weekend Räikkönen won a rally for the first time in his career when
he took first place in the Rally Vosgien of the French series with a
three minute 21 second difference to Quentin Gilbert.
It was a one-day rally and Räikkönen won all six special stages with his Citroen C4 WRC car.
was good training for Rally France. I’ve been told that the roads here
are quite similar to the ones in the next WRC rally. It was nice to get
a feel to the asphalt, Räikkönen thanked.
it’s rhythm the rally with it’s service breaks was equivalent to the
WRC program. Räikkönen and Lindström were especailly pleased with the
set-ups. First they went to the wrong direction with the set-ups but
going back to the old ones and making them better gave Kimi a good
feeling for the car.
The race was a complete test for Rally France since the Citroen Junior Team has already spent all it’s 15 testing days. Turun Sanomat, Strasbourg
Bjus, Ana Lú ☺
This time last year, Kimi Raikkonen
was on poor form. Apart from a notable (and perhaps slightly
opportunistic) victory at Spa, Ferrari hadn’t been able to provide the
2007 World Champion with competitive equipment. He eventually finished
6th in the standings, his motivation and enthusiasm for the sport at an
all time low. Little did he know that in just a few months he would
have embarked on a second career in the World Rally Championship, and
proven himself surprisingly good at it.
late 2009, it was clear Kimi was getting restless. Just a few months
before, during F1’s summer break, he took a trip out to his home
country, Finland, and tried rallying seriously. He was quick. He
crashed. No surprise there, the debutante was more used to high speed,
single seater precision than grabbing a glorified road car by the neck
and dragging it across all surfaces. Nevertheless, something about it
the experience caused the Finn to start looking at rallying as more
than just a hobby.
few months later, Ferrari surprised nobody by revealing that they had
signed Fernando Alonso for 2010, giving Raikkonen the boot. Kimi looked
around – a return to McLaren, where he spent five successful years,
looked very much on the cards. But Raikkonen was high maintenance and
high cost, and the Scuderia paid the Finn a staggering $20m to simply
stay out of the paddock for a season. Rallying was now a real option,
and when Citroen’s junior team offered him a berth for a year, he leapt
at the chance.
first couple of rallies were poor. A lowly 29th in Sweden and a DNF in
Mexico. But then, just as it looked like he’d made a catastrophic
career decision, he pulled out a very respectable 8th place in Jordan.
His unique personality allowed him to perform well under pressure, and
we’ve seen it a lot in Formula 1. His laid-back attitude and his
no-nonsense ‘get on with it’ driving style took him to the championship
in 2007 while Hamilton and Alonso squabbled amongst themselves.
bred success. A week later he took 5th place in Turkey. "Raikkonen" was
now appearing higher up the timesheets, alongside the likes of
established aces such as Hirvonen, Sordo and Wilson. After missing the
New Zealand rally he saw a few more respectable finishes, troubling the
top ten in Portugal and Bulgaria. It was Germany in midsummer that we
saw his real potential – Raikkonen took his first stage win and with it
gained the respect of the whole rally community. A one year rallying
adventure was set to become a whole new life for the mercurial Finn.
2010. By the time the Formula One community rolled up in the cloudy
Ardennes forest, Kimi’s final victory a year previously was little more
than a distant and irrelevant memory. Nobody was really speculating
about a Formula One return for the man who dominated the Belgian
circuit, not least because a majority of the top places look to be
settled for next season, the driver market inactive after last year’s
musical chairs frenzy.
then, just last week, the Raikkonen story returned. The resurgent
Renault team are on the lookout for a more suitable second driver after
Russia’s Vitaly Petrov proves fast, but with a wild debut season so
far. Team boss Eric Boullier dropped the bombshell and announced that
Raikkonen, who for months professed no desire to return to the sport he
once reigned over, had directly contacted him with a view to a 2011
seat. The Finn’s manager, Steve Robertson, confirmed the approach. A
decision is expected relatively soon, with Petrov’s performances under
scrutiny, yet his commercial appeal keeping him firmly in the cockpit.
will be said over the next few months. Much of what we see in the press
will be nothing more than negotiation tactics and clever PR. But
there’s a chance, a tiny chance, that Kimi Raikkonen may return to the
sport where he made his name – and he’ll have fans. A lot of people
miss his cool, laid-back attitude and desire to get out there and race
– maybe even his wildchild partying ways which are so rare amongst
professional sportsmen. But there’s no doubt that the Flying Finn is an
extraordinary talent, and Formula One would be much richer for his
Stranger things have happened. Just ask Michael Schumacher.
Bjus, Ana Lú ☺
Kaj Lindstrom: "Kimi
ouviu a nota errada e fomos um pouco mais rápidos dentro da curva. O
motor parou, corremos largamente, deslizamos para fora da estrada e
descemos o barranco. Não havia chance de voltar porque não havia
espectadores ao redor – é realmente desapontador terminar o evento,
particularmente depois de Kimi não ter cometido erros nos primeiros dois
Fico muito triste pelo Kimi ter abandonado o Rali do Japão, ele estava indo tão bem…
agora só nos resta esperar pelo Rali da França e torcer muito por ele. GO Kimi!!
Bjus, Ana Lú ☺
Saturday, September 11th 2010
Kimi Raikkonen said a misheard pace note was to blame for his retirement from Rally Japan on this morning’s opening stage.
The former Formula 1 world champion had been running eighth overall
in his Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC when he went off just over halfway
through the Bisan test.
His co-driver Kaj Lindstrom explained the situation, saying: "Kimi
misheard a pace note call and we were a little bit too fast into the
corner. The engine stalled, we ran wide and slipped off the road and
down a bank.
"There was no chance to come back to the road because there were no
spectators around – it’s a really disappointing end to the event,
particularly after Kimi had made no mistakes for the first two days."
Petter Solberg continues to lead the event overall after the
morning’s opening test. Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen has dropped a place to
Sebastien Ogier, the Finn complaining of a gearbox problem in the stage.
Bjus, Ana Lú ☺
Kimi Raikkonen has crashed out of Rally Japan at the start of the final day.
The Finn had been running eighth, having won a long battle with
Federico Villagra yesterday and pulled away from the Munchi’s Ford
driver, but went off the road on the short but fast Bisan stage that
started Sunday’s action.
Following crews reported that Raikkonen’s Citroen Junior C4 had gone a
long way off the road and would be unable to rejoin, but that Raikkonen
and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom had got out of the car unhurt.
Bjus, Ana Lú ☺