WRC title more valuable: Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen says he will value a World Rally Championship (WRC) crown far higher than his Formula One title.

The Finn is raring to go into the opening rally in Sweden on February 10 with an enthusiasm that he says is like "finding a bit of the young Kimi in me again".

He is driving for the Citroen Junior Team for 12 out of the 13 WRC rounds, after missing out a place in F1 this season.

When asked by Red Bulletin magazine what WRC glory would mean to him, Raikkonen responded: "More than my F1 world championship title."

But he admitted that there was still a long way to go. He said: "It's definitely the biggest challenge yet. I've got to learn everything from scratch.

"But I want the challenge. I have to get to know the car, the rallies, how to work with my co-driver, everything. I'm looking forward to it, and you've got to set yourself some competition if you really want to know how good you are."

Raikkonen said the first few rallies would be the toughest for him, adding: "I'm holding back on any personal expectations. I'm sure I won't manage to keep up with the top four (Sebastien Loeb, Dani Sordo, Mikko Hirvonen, Jari-Matti Latvala)."

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