The Citroen Junior team has played down a minor collision that Kimi Raikkonen was involved in during the recce for the Swedish Rally yesterday.
Swedish media reported that the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion, who starts his World Rally Championship switch with this weekend's Karlstad-based event, had been in collision with another car while driving the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX that the team uses for recce duties. Citroen's Benoit Nogier confirmed that the incident had taken place, but said it had only been a minor brush between the two vehicles.
"There was a small incident yesterday," Nogier told AUTOSPORT. "It was not in a stage, it was on the road to a stage. Kimi almost missed a junction and was in the process of starting to turn around when another competing car came into the same junction and there was a small impact.
"There was no problem with Kimi's car. He came through the stage with no problem and then the mechanics made some small repair to the car after the stage. There was no danger of Kimi not being able to drive the car, it was never that bad."
Raikkonen's WRC switch commences in earnest when the Swedish Rally gets under way with a superspecial tomorrow night.