Kimi Raikkonen will shortly step up his foray into the world of professional rallying.

After recently contesting three minor events in Finland and Italy, the 2007 world champion and Ferrari driver has now signed up for Finland's round of the World Rally Championship at the end of July.

The 29-year-old Finn will again be at the wheel of his Tommi Makinen-prepared Fiat Abarthe Grande Punto S2000, with Kaj Lindstrom alongside.

"It's always a great rally and for Kimi it's of course an even bigger thing because this is his first time," Lindstrom told the Finnish tabloid Iltalehti.

"It's one of the world's fastest rallies and double the length of for example the Arctic rally," he added.


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