Kimi Raikkonen, Charles Pic Participate In Russian Ice Race

By Spenser Walters
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

For some Formula 1 drivers, being in the cockpit of the most technologically advanced car on the planet isn’t enough. Sometimes you have to go to Moscow and race on ice.

Kimi Raikkonen and Charles Pic were participants in the Race of Stars in Russia’s capital over the weekend. The two drivers stepped out of their F1 rides, which they had been testing in Barcelona earlier in the week, and into some Renault and Logan 4x4s in order to take a spin on the ice.

Raikkonen, whose main gig is as a wheel man for Lotus F1 Team, has participated in ice races before and has FIA World Rally Championship experience, so the event was right up his ally. Even the Finn’s nickname, the Iceman, was perfect for the race and he proved he deserved the title by finishing second in the contest.

“It was good to be back on an ice track after a while away,” he said. “I enjoyed it, particularly seeing so many fans out here.”

Pic, who is in his second year in F1 and his first with Caterham F1 Team, has never competitively driven on ice before.

“It took a few laps to get up to speed but once I got used to it I enjoyed it,” he said.

The Race of Stars has been run 23 times and is one of the oldest racing traditions in Russia. One previous F1 driver to compete in the event is Kimi’s Lotus teammate, Romain Grosjean.

Pic and Raikkonen got the opportunity to step out of their traditional machines–the 2012 models of which are pictured above–for a weekend and take some laps around a less conventional track than they are used to, but it will be back to business come the end of the week. Both drivers will be returning to Spain for the final Formula 1 pre-season test on 2013 from Feb. 28 to March 3 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, which is also the site of the Spanish Grand Prix.

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