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Raikkonen keen to try rallycross

Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen says he would like to try World Rallycross at some point in the future. The 2007 F1 world champion previously dabbled in the World Rally Championship and NASCAR when he took a sabbatical from grand prix racing in 2010-’11.

Kimi Raikonnen
Kimi Raikonnen

Rallycross has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity, attracting the likes of 1997 F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve and Audi DTM ace Mattias Ekstrom to the ranks of the new FIA world championship. Now Raikkonen has said he, too, would be open to sampling this branch of the sport.

“Rallycross would be very nice to try, it looks good fun – similar to rally but against each other,” said the Finn.

“Obviously I enjoyed rallying a lot, it’s a very difficult sport and a good challenge. I think it’s good to do different things because you always learn something and it’s good fun also.”

FERRARI DRIVERS BOTH OPEN TO LE MANS

Raikkonen’s Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso said during the Austrian GP that he plans to race at Le Mans after his F1 career is finished, while Raikkonen, who tested a Peugeot 908 LMP1 car in 2011, said Le Mans would be “on top of the list” of other races for him to do besides F1.

“Obviously I enjoy racing and Le Mans is one of the things that would be on top of the list, because it’s a very famous race,” Raikkonen added. “We have to see what happens in the future, but for sure there is some interest to do that race.”

Originally on Autosport.com