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Kimi Raikkonen will return to Formula One next season after signing a two-year deal with Lotus Renault GP.

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Vettel signals his achievement after a scintillating lap in Brazil

Vettel overtakes Mansell with 15th pole of season

Sebastian Vettel set a new record for pole positions in Interlagos yesterday, taking a ground-breaking 15th in a season to move ahead of Nigel Mansell whom he equalled in Abu Dhabi. The world championtook his Red Bull round in a scintillating 1min 11.918sec, and just to rub in Red Bull's superiority he was joined on the front row by his team-mate, Mark Webber, still desperate for a win this season.

Robert Kubica was forced to undergo four separate surgical procedures after an accident in Italy

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Formula One driver Robert Kubica has told the Lotus Renault GP team he will not be fit enough to start the 2012 season.

One For The Road: Smaller car, same high seating

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Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil head into this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix still sweating on their futures as a promised answer from Force India owner Vijay Mallya has yet to materialise.

Peace breaks out in Lotus war

The long-running naming rights row surrounding the Lotus and Team Lotus brands has finally been resolved.

Car Choice: It's time for George to turn his back on the French

George Waddel is planning ahead as he wants a new car in March 2012. He likes the Renault Megane and Renault Laguna; however, he likes the look of coupé models and wants something stylish. His budget is £23,000, plus an extra few thousand from the sale of his 2005 Peugeot 206 HDI GTI.

Automotive boost for GKN

GKN posted forecast-beating results yesterday as growth in its automotive business helped to drive half-yearly pre-tax profits up by 14 per cent to £200m.

Heidfeld feels the heat as his wheelnut goes up in flames

Renault say a delay on a pit-stop caused by a problem with a wheel nut caused Nick Heidfeld's exhaust to overheat and set fire to his car yesterday.

Used cars from Asia 'most reliable'

The most reliable second-hand cars are those made in Japan and Korea, according to a new survey.

Car-chase duo gain second chances

The two players suspended by Hull KR after a car chase have been given a fresh start. Ben Cockayne, who was released earlier this month because of a series of disciplinary scrapes, has joined Featherstone Rovers for the rest of the season.

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Craig Dolby edged out in Superleague practice

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