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“The results would certainly have improved, but how much would have depended on how much enthusiasm Kimi had for practicing and testing.”
Mikko Hirvonen, the 2012 world rally championship runner up, believes countryman Kimi Raikkonen would have kept improving had he stayed in rallying. Finn Raikkonen, F1’s 2007 world champion who has driven for top teams McLaren and Ferrari, finished the 2012 season in third place as he made his return to the sport.
The Rally Driver No. 1 is Sébastien Loeb – The Rally Codriver No. 1 is Daniel Elena
Sébastien Loeb is without question the number 1 of international rallying, as confirmed by the 2012 world rally ranking WRR (World Rally Ranking) promoted by the IRDA (International Rally Drivers Association), the first place is always occupied by the French driver, in second place the Finnish Mikko Hirvonen, the podium is completed by Norvegian Andreas Mikkelsen.
Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen will take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third day of Rally de Portugal
Citroen’s Mikko Hirvonen holds the lead at the end of the second day of Rally de Portugal and following the cancellation of the repeat loop he will now take a 36.3 second advantage into Saturday’s third leg.
Sebastien Loeb says he is relishing starting his bid for his ninth World Rally Championship title on Rallye Monte-Carlo
The event, which begins in the French city of Valence on Tuesday 17 January, returns to the WRC trail for the first time in three years. Loeb says the rally is “mythical” and that its return is another boost to the championship’s popularity.
Kimi Raikkonen’s chances of returning to formula one next year with Williams seem to have receded.
The Italian magazine Autosprint reports that the 2007 world champion’s prospective sponsors may have withdrawn their interest, leaving fellow Finn and rookie Valtteri Bottas at the top of the candidates list now.
His seventh win in Spain and his fifth of the season
Sebastien Loeb has won RallyRACC-Rally de Espana to edge clear of Mikko Hirvonen in the race for the 2011 World Rally Championship crown. Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Loeb maintained his overnight advantage for his seventh win in Spain and his fifth of the season alongside co-driver Daniel Elena.
Sebastien Loeb has extended his lead of the World Rally Championship for drivers
After winning Rally d’Italia Sardegna for a fourth time. Driving a Citroen DS3 WRC, Loeb faced the daunting prospect of running first on the road and clearing a line through the loose surface gravel for the drivers behind for three consecutive days to claim his second victory of 2011 alongside co-driver Daniel Elena.
Volkswagen confirmed a five-year commitment to the WRC
Today’s news that Volkswagen will be returning to the FIA World Rally Championship from 2013 has been heralded by the series promoter as further proof of the increasing value of the sport to manufacturers and its relevance to their production cars.
“It was a nice atmosphere with a lot of people and it’s been a very good day” – Loeb
The FIA World Rally Championship underlined its huge public appeal when it brought the streets of the Portuguese capital Lisbon to a standstill for the opening stage of Vodafone Rally de Portugal this afternoon (Thursday).
Wrc.com stage summary – Stage data: SS15, Ibarrrilla 2 (29.90 kilometres)
By 2010 Rally Mexico winning co-driver Daniel Elena: “This stage is the longest of the rally. It’s a technical stage with changing of rhythm. It’s an interesting stage because some parts are narrow and slow and after it is very, very fast. It’s a good, good stage but again you have the problem if you are first on the road because you are cleaning the road and it really is not easy and the others are trying to push.”
Eight teams are currently registered for the prestigious FIA World Rally Championship
Interest in the World Rally Championship has hit a new high with more than 10 teams set to chase manufacturers’ points during the course of the 2011 season which kicks off this week with Rally Sweden (10 – 13 February).