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Raikkonen leads F1 charge in Arctic Rally 26 Jan 2009

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) FIAT Punto Abarth gets some air. Arctic Rally, Rovaniemi, Finland, 22-24 January 2009. Mika Hakkinen (FIN) and co-driver Ilkka Kivimaki (FIN). Arctic Rally, Rovaniemi, Finland, 22-24 January 2009.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen swapped tarmac for snow at the weekend as he made his debut in the punishing Arctic Lapland Rally. Fellow Finns Mika Hakkinen and Mika Salo were among the other Formula One names taking part.

Raikkonen looked very much at home in the freezing conditions. Along with co-driver Kaj Lindstrom, he steered his Fiat Grande Punto S2000 to 13th place overall, finishing the three-day event in a total time of 2h, 7m, 48s, less than 10 minutes down on winner Juha Salo.

Hakkinen was not far behind. The former double world champion, at the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, came home 19th in what was his fourth appearance in the rally. Salo was less fortunate, retiring his similar Mitsubishi with technical problems.