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Raikkonen Still 'Under Probation'

Thursday April 19th, 2001

Despite reports indicating the contrary, Finn driver Kimi Raikkonen is still "under probation", albeit successfully competing in the four first races of the 2001 season.

Raikkonen's Superlicence, which allows him to race in the top flight, was only given on the basis of a trial period after FIA president Max Mosley voted against its issue. But reports that it will be assessed after four races are incorrect.

"I think I have to drive for three months without making any mistakes or doing anything silly for them to believe I can drive okay and have a superlicence," said Raikkonen.

"They will check it. They are just rules."

Raikkonen made his Formula One debut this season with the Sauber team after competing in only 23 single-seater races, and his entry in the sport caused concern among some experts.

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