Räikkönen made his rally debut at the Arctic Lapland Rally, which ran from 23 to 24 January 2009, driving a Tommi Mäkinen Racing-prepared Abarth Grande Punto S2000. He finished in 13th place. Räikkönen made his WRC debut in the 2009 Rally Finland, which took place between 30 July and 2 August, starting just four days after his 2nd place finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix. He was running third in group N and 15th overall before crashing out in Väärinmaja, last stage of Saturday.
Raikkonen was the focus of huge attention throughout the rally, but his incident-packed run to 30th underlined how tough his career change will be. However although he had a few more excursions after his Friday accident, he also set a promising sixth-fastest time on SS15.
"Of course we are not happy, we hit the snow bank and we got stuck on the first day," Raikkonen said. "But we improved a lot and we got here. It was definitely not an easy rally to start with. But I got more experience with the car and the notes."
Of course he is new to rallying so I expect he will get better, but I would have thought he would be doing better so far.
Your thoughts on how his WRC career will go? If he will improve significantly or not. We may well see him back in F1 next year.