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Kimi happy after Arctic Rally recovery // Räikkönen's gets to grips with rallying in the ice and snow

Published by Mr. C

Kimi Räikkönen bounced back during the second day of the Arctic Lapland Rally to come within 0.8s per km of his more experienced team mate Dani Sordo. Day one, saw the Finn lose 30 minutes of running after he came off worst in an argument with a tree.

A smiling Kimi Räikkönen enjoys his time in ice and snow of Lapland.  Far away from the world of F1 livery launches.
A smiling Kimi Räikkönen enjoys his time in ice and snow of Lapland. Far away from the world of F1 livery launches.Credit: Tony Welam/ Red Bull

Räikkönen, and co-driver Kaj Lindström escaped unhurt from Friday's incident, but couldn't make up lost time before the end of the event on Saturday. The pair eventually finished in 58th position, but Kimi declared himself happy with how things had gone for them:

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.

- Kimi Räikkönen

The Arctic Rally offered Kimi his first competitive outing in the C4 WRC and his Citroën team treated the event as test session in preparation for Rally Sweden, the first round of the 2010 World Rally Championship which begins next month.

If you are interested in seeing more from Lapland, Christine has compiled a gorgeous collection of large photographs in her F1 Big Picture - Kimi Special while the following video offers some insight into how much fun the Finn had in the snow.

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