Saturday, October 2, 2010

No restart for Räikkönen in France

Kimi Räikkönen won’t restart Rallye de France on Sunday after electing to save his Citroën C4 WRC for Spain’s round of the world championship later this month.

Räikkönen, Formula One world champion in 2007, slithered off the road and retired on Saturday’s penultimate stage. Although the car was undamaged, Räikkönen has opted to stop for good rather than return to action on Sunday’s final four stages.

“There was no point risking damaging the car ahead of Catalunya because it will be the same car I use there,” said Räikkönen. “The conditions here will not be the same as in Spain so I won’t learn much by driving tomorrow. We are expecting difficult conditions again tomorrow so I decided not to risk an accident when I am not learning anything.”

Räikkönen’s Citroën Junior Team stablemate Sebastien Ogier will restart, however, after his mechanics repaired the damaged suspension top mount, which forced his retirement on stage 14.

Source: MaxRally
Courtesy: Julia

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