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Former F1 star Raikkonen crashes on rally debut

Former F1 star Raikkonen crashes on rally debut

Former Formula One champion Kimi Raikkonen crashed into a drift of snow in his debut on the rally circuit and trailed by more than 30 minutes after the first day of racing.
Raikkonen was just 5.5 seconds behind leader Dani Sordo after the first stage of the Arctic Lapland Rally on Friday but then went off the road during the second stage and needed help to pull the car out of the snow. The Finnish former Ferrari driver escaped unhurt.
Sordo led by 1 minute, 3.7 seconds ahead of Juha Salo of Finland after six of 12 stages.
The race is a warmup event for the World Rally Championship, which starts in Sweden on Feb. 11.
Raikkonen left Formula One after not renewing his contract with Ferrari following last season.