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Raikkonen to compete in WRC with own team

Kimi Raikkonen has decided he will continue driving in the World Rally Championship next season after setting up his own team under the ICE 1 Racing name. It has been reported by L'Equipe that Kimi's new team, ICE 1 Racing, is being funded by Raikkonen's own sponsors, and the team has already committed themselves to 10 of the 13 rallies for the 2011 season. In recent weeks there had be speculation that Raikkonen may quit altogether, after talks of a possible return to F1 broke down. Although, in a recent interview with the official WRC website, Raikkonen said he had not missed F1 in his first year away from the sport. "Of course I thought about it, because you think about everything. But I never really thought seriously about it, because actually I didn't miss Formula One at all this season." However, Raikkonen has now confirmed he has no intentions of going back to F1 in 2011 after lodging an entry for the season-opening rally in Sweden. The Finnish driver is expected to compete in a brand new Citroen DS3 WRC. Raikkonen first season in the WRC was a mixed one, after three retirements driving for the Citroen Junior Team. However, he also won a stage in Germany and finished fifth overall in Turkey.

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