Jan.25 (GMM) 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen has finished his first professional rally in thirteenth place.
The Finn entered the Arctic Lapland Rally, held at the weekend in his native Finland, with a Fiat Ararthe Grande Punto S2000.He finished less than 7 minutes behind the winner Juha Salo, and more than 7 minutes in front of F1's 1998 and 1999 world champion Mika Hakkinen, who contested the event with a Mitsubishi Lancer.Former twice world rally champion Marcus Gronholm, however, said he is so far unconvinced about Ferrari driver Raikkonen's abilities."It's hard to say about Raikkonen yet," the 40-year-old Finn told the News of the World. "He might be a hell of a driver, but I don't think he can learn to drive (rallies) right off the bat."Former Sauber and Ferrari driver Mika Salo also raced, but the highest-placed ex-formula one name was JJ Lehto, who finished the rally ninth and ahead of 28-year-old Raikkonen by a minute.