Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen has rejected claims that he is currently in discussions with Toyota regarding the possibility to join their World Rally Championship team. Recent reports in the Finnish media last week claimed the 2007 Formula One world champion, who appeared in a series of rallies during his two-year break from F1, has been approached by the Japanese manufacturer. He dismissed the reports when asked about them by RaceFans following yesterday’s Monaco Grand Prix.
“If you speak to the lady who write it you’ll probably find out there’s not much knowledge about racing or anything else. It’s rumours and [their] ideas. For sure I’m interested in rallying whenever I stop, that’s not a secret. But I have zero contract to do it, anyway. People keep writing things but not really my issue.” – Kimi explained. Raikkonen also said he had seen the report and found it amusing.
“The funny part was that it said – I saw it, somebody told me about it – that Mika Hakkinen confirmed it. Honestly, the lady who wrote it, and him, how much do they know about my life? Zero.”
Kimi Raikkonen drove for Citroen during his brief foray into the World Rally Championship in 2010 and entered his own team, Ice 1 Racing, the following year. Toyota returned to the WRC last season and competes with its Yaris model.