Räikkönen: Trees instead of gravel pits

Stephan Heublein

It's hard to believe but nonetheless true – Kimi Räikkönen is now half way through his debut season in the WRC. The Finnish driver is satisfied with his progress so far. "Things have gone much as I expected," he says. "Maybe even a little better." On a scale from 1 to 10, he would give himself a 5. "Or possibly a 5.5 or a 6?"

As a racing driver, Räikkönen obviously wants more – after all, he is accustomed to winning races and titles from his Formula One days. "This year, the chances are quite high that I won't win anything at all."