CONFIRMED: Raikkonen WRC Deal Done!
A deal taking 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen into the World Rally Championship has been confirmed this morning after large speculation the Finn had signed on the dotted line last night.
Raikkonen vacated his race seat at Ferrari at the end of last season to allow Fernando Alonso a shot with the Scuderia for 2010 onwards.
He has joined the Citroen Junior World Rally team, with Red Bull backing alongside Sebastian Ogier.
However rumours that it will lead to an F1 drive with Red Bull Racing for 2011 for Raikkonen have been quashed somewhat in an interview with a Red Bull spokesperson.
“This has no prejudice at all for Kimi’s further F1 career if he intends one” He said
“It does not mean at all that he will replace a current Red Bull F1 driver in our team from 2011.”
Raikkonen admitted he is delighted to reach a life time goal and compete professionally in rallying.
“I always wanted to compete in rally, especially in the World Rally Championship at some point in my career,” said Raikkonen.
“Thanks to Red Bull, I have the opportunity to drive the best car of the series with the Citroen C4. This is a new but very exciting challenge.”