2011 World Rally Sweden

2nd February 2011
Kimi's team manager has tipped the ex-Formula One world champion to challenge for a top six finish on Rally Sweden next week. Benoit Nogier, who will oversee the ICE 1 Racing operation on 10 rounds of the World Rally Championship, believes the Finn can shine on the snow-coated Swedish stages. "I expect him to be in the battle - not for the podium but for the points," said Nogier. "I think a top six finish for Kimi in Sweden is something we can expect and I hope he will be at this level on Friday, to expect this result on Sunday." Kimi who got his first taste of Citroen's new DS3 WRC during a test in Sweden last weekend, finished 10th in the final WRC drivers' standings in 2010. Nogier said he was delighted when Kimi confirmed he would be returning for a second season in the WRC. "It was very important [he has come back] because with Kimi we had the worst part with him last year, it was his first season in rally," said Nogier. "We had two or three bad moments in the season, but it was very important to carry on with him now and to begin to build something very interesting and to start to not crash the car, but finish the rally and start to get good results. He can do this." Nogier said he expects Kimi to approach the season on a rally-by-rally basis, adding: "The goal will change rally after rally. Of course, we will try to get the best results we can from the beginning of the season. For the new events, for example Australia, it is important to just reach the finish line of the rally." He continued: "Kimi enjoyed driving the C4 so I cannot imagine that he will be disappointed with the DS3. I am very optimistic that Kimi will like it."