Kimi Raikkonen got his World Rally Championship switch under way in earnest on Tuesday when he completed his first test in the Citroen Junior Team C4 WRC that he will use for his first full-time rally campaign. The 2007 Formula 1 World Champion completed approximately 30 miles of running with the car on a gravel test track at Citroen's workshop at Satory in France.
"I very much 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."
Raikkonen's first competitive run in the car will come on the Arctic Rally in Finland on Jan. 28, which he is contesting in preparation for the WRC season opener in Sweden on Feb. 12-14. Although he contested several national events and the Finnish round of the WRC last year, his previous rallies have been in Super 2000 cars rather than full-spec WRC machines.