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It’s four years since Raikkonen’s last day in the spotlight…

Things change quickly in the world’s fastest sport. Be it the height of rear wings following a regulation change or a driver’s form, it doesn’t take long for F1’s tectonic plates to shift. Four years ago today, Kimi Raikkonen secured his 20th career race win and second on his return to the sport.

Winning the first race of the season is historically an indication of imminent championship glory. In the previous ten curtain raisers, ten of the victors went on to lift the Drivers’ crown come season’s end.

Despite other podium appearances, his Australian Grand Prix triumph was the highlight of Raikkonen’s 2013 campaign. You could even go as far as saying that the Finn has failed to secure any headline results since.

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Why Renault have made the right choice on Palmer

Forget Donald Trump’s big news, the F1 driver market cauldron has been stirred again today, with Jolyon Palmer becoming the latest to throw his cap on a 2017 seat. The Briton will remain at Renault, partnering Nico Hulkenberg at the French marque.

It’s a fascinating development. Palmer had been widely tipped for the Enstone exit door in recent weeks, with the team supposedly favouring Kevin Magnussen for the seat. However, the Dane now seems bound for Haas, therefore allowing Palmer a route back into the frame.

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10 of the best F1 related tweets

Twitter has emerged as one of the world’s busiest social media platforms and today, it celebrates it’s tenth birthday. F1 drivers, journalists and fans alike often take to the site to share their views of the sport, often with hilarious results. Here are 10 of the very best F1 related tweets.

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Mid-Season Review: Lotus

Following a tortuous 2014 driving an E22 which was notoriously unpredictable, both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were hopeful that 2015 would see Enstone return to the upper echelon of the field. While the successor to last season’s twin-tusked machine is a marked improvement, the E23 is yet to show any of the race winning credentials that were possessed by the Lotus’ that propelled Kimi Raikkonen to his 19th and 20th career wins. This fact, combined with a heap of misfortune and occasional driver errors means that Lotus have a right to feel a touch disappointed with their points tally at the halfway mark.

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2015 Hungarian Grand Prix: Friday Analysis

As drivers, teams and fans were forced to cope with sweltering conditions at the Hungaroring, it was Lewis Hamilton who topped the timesheet in both sessions, on a day when grip was at a premium. Undoubtedly amplified by the track temperature which rarely fell below 50 degrees, a number of drivers found themselves struggling to find a balance, with Sebastian Vettel enduring a particularly challenging Friday, with two spins in FP2 following a slow start to FP1 due to an electrical connector issue. While Ferrari have work to do overnight, it is Red Bull who, on the basis of today, will be the best of the rest behind the class-leaders this weekend, as both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat recorded impressive short and long run times.

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Experiencing F1’s Noisy Archives

Formula 1 is rich in history. Across 65 years of competition, the sport has seen some revolutionary machines grace the best circuits on the planet, with unlikely success stories and memorable characters providing the various plots and sub-plots. Last weekend, Brands Hatch provided the venue for a blast from the past, as cars from yesteryear pounded round the former home of the European Grand Prix. Fortunately, I was one of many enthusiastic fans who had traveled to Kent to witness the spectacle and I am pleased to report that F1’s past is just as breath-taking as the documentaries suggest.

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Barcelona In-Season Test: Day 2

The second and final day of in-season testing at Barcelona in 2015 saw Lotus’ Jolyon Palmer secure a mini victory, finishing the day fastest after a late effort on the supersoft tyre saw him usurp Mercedes’ pilot for the day, Pascal Wehrlein. After missing yesterday’s running, in which he was billed to drive at Force India, due to illness, the German recorded 137 laps, once again underlining the reliability of the W06. It has been a great week for Mercedes in general – but then again – its been a great season so far…

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