Monday, October 4, 2010

Kimi saved his car for Catalonia

Kimi Räikkönen was 40 minutes behind the lead after Saturday's off and he didn't continue the rally on Sunday. Räikkönen was in fact already home in Switzerland on Sunday

Citroen's Junior team reported that Räikkönen had suffered from some grip-problems from the beginning after the front-cars had made the tarmac roads muddy. Some parts reminded Räikkönen of a mud wrestling arena.

According to the announcement the grip was as unexpected as a chimp holding a machine gun.

Räikkönen and his team decided not to continue on Sunday with the super rally regulation. This way the team avoided the risk of damaging the Citroën WRC C4 -car before the rally in Catalonia.

– Stupid mistakes. We didn't have any difficulties in any fast corner in this rally but they really came in the real slow corners. There was so much mud and so little grip that it didn't feel like a normal tarmac-rally at all.

– The car didn't suffer but I have to admit that when driving so much behind the others the motivation isn't the best and that's when it becomes difficult.

– We learned a lot again and it's really good to have one experience more. I don't think that we could have learned anything on Sunday under these conditions and that's why the wisest thing was to save the car for Catalonia, Räikkönen said.

Turun Sanomat, Strasbourgh
Courtesy: Nicole

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