Kimi Raikkonen's likely switch from formula one to the World Rally Championship with Citroen in 2010 is moving ever closer.

Kimi Raikkonen's likely switch from formula one to the World Rally Championship with Citroen in 2010 is moving ever closer.

The French marque's rally boss Olivier Quesnel said in an interview at the weekend that the reports about the 30-year-old's rally plans for next year are inspired by "more than a rumour".

"It is not signed and I have never even spoken with Raikkonen on the telephone," Quesnel told Radio-France.  "But it is more than a rumour; it is a real possibility."

He added that the former Ferrari driver is an "incredible driver" who "did not become world champion by accident" in 2007.

Referring to the Finn's world rally debut in his native country earlier this year, Quesnel continued: "What he did there in a S2000 was amazing."

Quesnel revealed that Raikkonen would not race alongside Sebastien Loeb in the official Citroen team, but instead "in the junior team", albeit reportedly with a full specification C4.

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