Report claims Raikkonen to quit F1 for rallying

Kimi Raikkonen looks likely to quit formula one to launch a full time rallying foray in 2010, the Finnish sports magazine Veikkaaja claims. The 2007 world champion has recently contested three minor events in Finland and Italy, and will make his world rally debut in Finland at the end of this month.

It is suggested that while top teams can contractually forbid their drivers from participating in dangerous pursuits, Ferrari is keen to let the 29-year-old develop his rallying hobby in order to make room for Fernando Alonso at the team next year.

A friend of Raikkonen is quoted by Veikkaaja as saying: “Kimi doesn’t talk about formula one anymore.? He just talks about rally.”