"Kimi staying put" by Joe Saward

Kimi staying put
January 20, 2011 by joesaward

Citroën has been running two teams in the World Rally Championship in recent years: the Citroën Total World Rally Team, which features multiple World Champion Sébastien Loeb and, until recently Dani Sordo, and the Citroën Junior Team, which in 2010 was sponsored by Red Bull and featured drivers Sébastien Ogier and former F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen. This year Ogier has moved up to partner Loeb, Sordo has joined Mini and the Junior Team is being discontinued – at least in name. It seems that the team will continue to exist, under the management of Benoit Nogier. The difference is that the cars will be leased to private operations, although the preparation and rally operations will be undertaken by the team, which has thus become a commercial enterprise, rather than a secondary factory team.

There will still be four cars running out of the team’s headquarters in Satory, near Versailles, but two will be customer cars. One of these will be run for Dutchman Peter van Merksteijn Jr under the Van Merksteijn Motorsport banner and the other will be for Kimi Räikkönen, who will compete under the new ICE 1 Racing WRC Team, which is funded by sponsors. It is expected that both cars will be seen in 10 of the 13 WRC events. Norway’s Petter Solberg was hoping to be involved but it seems that he will continue to run his own operation as and when he can.

There was never much doubt that Räikkönen would stay in the World Rally Championship in 2011, having started down a new career path in 2010, after an unhappy time at Ferrari in 2008 and 2009, which followed his World Championship title with the team in 2007.

The monosyllabic Finn says that he will not rule out a return to Formula 1 one day, but added that if he had missed F1 he would have returned but found that he did not miss it all.

Fonte: Joe Saward's Grand Prix Blog/ Dica: Miezicat

Na verdade, o texto acima não traz muita novidade além do que já sabemos, o jornalista Joe Saward só explica mais detalhadamente como vai funcionar a parceria entre Kimi Räikkönen e a Citroën. Kimi será um cliente da marca francesa, usará o seu carro, terá apoio técnico, mas a preparação e as operações nos ralis dependerá dele e dos patrocinadores pessoais que ele reuniu para criar a Ice 1 Racing WRC Team. Ou seja, será um desafio e tanto! Mas estamos falando de Kimi Räikkönen aqui né? Desafios nunca foram obstáculos para ele! hahaha...

Beijinhos, Ludy


Manu disse…
Boto fé que vai ser um desafio muito rico, muito produtivo. \o/

Unknown disse…
Os desafios movem os pilotos. O dia em que acabar o gosto pela superação, acaba a carreira.

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