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Raikkonen content despite rally crash
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Kimi Raikkonen enjoyed a trouble-free run through the second and final day of the Arctic Rally to reach the finish in his first event in a Citroen WRC car.
Any hopes of a result for the Red Bull-backed Citroen Junior team driver went out of the window when he crashed off the road for 30 minutes on the second stage yesterday, but the 2007 Formula 1 world champion said he was happy with the progress he made through today's six stages.

"Things didn't exactly get off to the best start as we went off the road during the second stage," said Raikkonen. "But luckily there was no mechanical damage and I was able to continue in the rally.

"From there it got a lot better for me and we were much more consistent. We put a few more kilometres under our belt, which was vital to help us continue learning the C4 WRC. As well as being pleased by our performances I was also pleased by the way we were able to work with the team. We developed our set-up in the right direction and now we are going to continue our work in order to arrive in Sweden in the strongest possible position."

Citroen team manager Benoit Nogier was pleased with how Raikkonen recovered after his accident. The Finn was within 0.8s per kilometre of fellow Citroen driver Dani Sordo's pace.

"He was quickly able to put his mishap at the start of the rally behind him and get to the end of a complex event, whilst improving at the same pace as Dani," said Nogier.

 
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