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Raikkonen to make WRC debut in Finland 30 Jun 2009

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, Saturday, 20 June 2009 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) FIAT Punto Abarth gets some air. Arctic Rally, Rovaniemi, Finland, 22-24 January 2009.

The 2007 Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen is no stranger to the pressures of Formula One racing, but the Ferrari driver is set to sample a different motorsport challenge next month, after agreeing to make his World Rally Championship debut at July’s Neste Oil Rally Finland.

Although Raikkonen has already contested three 'non-championship' rallies this year, including the arduous Arctic Lapland event in January, the Jyvaskyla race will be his first competitive outing on gravel.

He will drive his own Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000 and will be partnered by fellow Finn Kaj Lindstrom, who previously collaborated with four-time WRC champion Tommi Makinen. The three-day rally will get underway on July 30, during Formula One racing’s annual summer break.