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Loeb sets pace in pursuit of his world crown

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.

Raikkonen welcomes Fisichella to Ferrari

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.

Rallying: Loeb's late surge earns Welsh win

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.

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Raikkonen remains chilled as title rivals rev up the pressure

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.