Acropolis Rally - Day 1

17th June 2011
Despite a troubled start to the Acropolis Rally, which included a handling problem and a puncture, former Grand Prix World Champion Kimi Raikkonen is convinced that he is making solid progress in the sport – and his immediate future is committed to the World Rally Championship. Kimi insists that the World Rally Championship remains his priority, and he is looking forward to the full programme that he is set to tackle between now and the end of the year. “I still enjoy rally a lot; this is what I am focussing on,” he said. “Of course it’s not so easy when you have difficult days but you have to expect this sometimes. If it was easy, it would not be the same challenge.” Raikkonen is currently 10th on the Acropolis Rally: less than 10 seconds behind Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala, who encountered a front differential problem on the final stage of the day. Thanks to the rotation rules, Acropolis is one of the many events that Raikkonen has not yet tackled. Next the 2007 F1 Champion will compete on his native Rally Finland, following the WRC’s summer break. “Finland should be good for us,” he said. “It will be nice for us to get back to a rally we know a bit.” 10 K. Räikkönen / K. Lindström Citroën DS3 WRC +4m 04.7s