Following the news we brought you about ex-F1 star Kimi Räikkönen joining the Citroën WRC team in 2010, Kimi got his first taste of the Citroën C4 WRC at a private gravel test track close to the team’s Satory workshops in France.
The initial shakedown allowed the Finn to get used to the car he will drive in the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship.
With only a few weeks left before the World Rally Championship season gets underway in Sweden on 12 February, Räikkönen has already started his preparations in earnest.
The 2007 Formula 1 World Champion traveled to Paris to see Citroën Racing’s facilities for himself and test the Citroën C4 WRC on a gravel test track within the Satory complex.
Having covered around 50km, the latest Citroën Junior Team driver appreciated the chance to familiarize himself with his new car. “I enjoyed meeting the team properly for the first time,” he said. “It was good to try out a few different things; I was very interested to see how the car reacted when you changed some of the settings. Now, I’m really keen to get back behind the wheel of the C4 again!”
Kimi Räikkönen’s first competitive outing will be on 28 January when he competes in the Arctic Lapland Rally in a Citroën C4 WRC to prepare for the forthcoming Swedish Rally.