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Defending world champion Sebastien Loeb won the German Rally for a record eighth consecutive time yesterday to extend his lead in the standings to 58 points.
Disillusioned with the murky politics of F1, Kimi Raikkonen has turned to rallying to refuel his love of driving. Robin Scott-Elliot reports
Weird World of Sport: Spectators diced with death to get good photos of the blurry cars as they skidded past
Sébastien Loeb tears through the Welsh countryside outside Cardiff in his Citroën C4 during the opening leg of the Rally of Great Britain. The Frenchman won four of yesterday's six stages to lead by 5.3 seconds after day one.
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Kimi Raikkonen has hailed new team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella as an "expert driver" who can help guarantee Ferrari third place in this year's Formula One constructors' championship.
World champion Sébastien Loeb rounded off his season in fine style yesterday by claiming his maiden Wales Rally GB victory in dramatic style. The Frenchman had entered the final leg trailing Ford's Jari-Matti Latvala by 7.3 seconds but set about trimming that lead with the fastest times on the first two of yesterday's four stages, moving to within 1.4 seconds of the Finn, who struggled in the slippery conditions.
British driver determined to break Loeb's supremacy as Rally GB gets under way
*Australia Hamilton starts the season with a dominant victory and an early lead in the World Championship as the Ferraris run into trouble.
The Frenchman closes in on record fifth consecutive title and proves Finns ain't what they used to be
Was it, you wondered, a snapshot of the season ahead? In the middle, in his smart red clothing, sat the world champion, Kimi Raikkonen. Perhaps a little too red in the face to merit his famed Iceman moniker, but nevertheless looking pretty chilled. To his right was the really cool one, Lewis Hamilton. The man whose rookie season title aspirations Raikkonen smashed in Brazil last October. As ever, Hamilton seemed completely calm and unfazed. And then, to Raikkonen's left, the former world champion Fernando Alonso, slightly unshaven, looking less chipper than he was this time last year chez McLaren.
Another World Rally Championship beckons, almost before the dust settled on the previous one, and that suits Britain's sole full-time competitor, Matthew Wilson, just fine.