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Raikkonen and Pic star at ice racing event 25 Feb 2013

Race of Stars, Moscow, Russia, February 2013 Kimi Raikkonen, Race of Stars, Moscow, Russia, February 2013 Race of Stars, Moscow, Russia, February 2013

Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen and Caterham’s Charles Pic were the star attractions at a unique ice racing event in Russia over the weekend.

The pair were competitors in the ‘Race of Stars’, a long-running motorsport contest co-organised by Renault in which drivers race 4x4 cars on a specially-constructed ice track within Moscow’s Hippodrome.

Speaking afterwards, former rally driver Raikkonen said: “It was good to be back on an ice track after a while away. It made a change from Barcelona and my regular F1 car!

“You need a very different driving style on ice - you have to be very smooth on the throttle and brakes and feed the steering in. But a small drift can also be pretty fun… I enjoyed it, particularly seeing so many fans out here.”

Pic added: “I enjoyed the day with Renault and it was cool to be part of such a big event. This was my first time driving on ice and it was great fun. I tried out the Renault Duster, which was fitted with snow tyres. It was an experience and tricky to find the grip on the slippery surface.

“Then I tried out the Logan with the studded tyres and it was even harder! It took a few laps to get up to speed but once I got used to it I enjoyed it.”

Raikkonen and Pic will be back in more familiar surroundings when they take part in the final pre-season F1 test of 2013 in Barcelona. It runs from February 28 to March 3.

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