Oh wow, that was very thrilling to watch. Imagine how thrilling it would be for the driver. No wonder the Kimster loves rallying so much. It may not be the best sport for the fans to watch on TV. But if they can relate to what the driver feels, they can totally understand Kimi's liking for rally. As someone who has come to appreciate rally because of Kimi, I would say my next best goal is: Try for a championship in WRC. A second or third WDC in F1 is only a second option for me.
And when thinking of that they weren't even going for the victory in Italy.
I took a look at the Italian Rally della Lanterna -thread (thanks to Momo) and saw that co-driver Danilo Roggerone also wrote there and he had some interesting things to clear up:
10 GULFI Luca GULFI Luca ROGGERONE Danilo CITROEN XSARA A8/WRC ZEROSETTE RACING A.S.D.
Citroen Junior Team had a test. To prepare for upcoming WRC-rallies on tarmac.
Their intention was not to win the race and/or do it with AT LEAST 5/6 minutes difference to others. I don't think that they had anything to prove to anyone.
These gentlemen arrived, did three recces, THREE recces on roads they had never seen before and they are here compared to drivers who have probably drove HUNDREDS OF TIMES on those roads for years... But of course this doesn't count....
Did you know that the tyres Ogier and Räikkönen used were completely different and slower than those tyres others used in the race? We are talking about a difference of over 1"/km ...
I think that they had a great race and both Ogier and Ingrassia are beautiful and humble just like every other member of the Citroen Junior Team is, Räikkönen also, who has a very different nature and people can have their own opinion about him.... but I believe that he has shut up many people who believed that he would be somewhere behind or crashed at some point...
And he also said that rallying people read the forum and he wouldn't be surprised if Citroen Junior Team would have their test next year in Holland, based upon how they were critisised on the forum.
And also reminded that Citroen brought two different C4-versions for tarmac. On Thursday they used soft tyres with Kimi's setups and Ogier again used hard tyres. They used two compounds, DH and DS, and both drivers used them during the race which was a TEST for them.
Momo, could you please correct if I understood something wrong