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Nov 15

F1: Kovalainen Reflects On First Day Back With Lotus F1 Team

Heikki Kovalainen (right) talks with Lewis Hamilton (left) before practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Heikki Kovalainen (right) talks with Lewis Hamilton (left) before practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Heikki Kovalainen enjoyed a good first day with Lotus in Austin, finishing Free Practice 2 in fifth place.

His only real problem was that he was moving around in the seat – adapted from Kimi Raikkonen’s – but the team is making a new one for him overnight.

“I didn’t really have any objectives other than to lean on it as soon as possible, trying to be on the edge as soon as I felt comfortable,” said the Finn. “I think we achieved that reasonably well today. The car was well balanced almost straight away, so we didn’t have to chase the setup too much. Perhaps the tires here as well they are not going away straight away, so they give you a few more laps to try That worked quite well, I was able to get a feel for it quite quickly and push it and lean on it.

Nov 15

F1: Hamilton Unveils Michael Jackson-Themed Helmet For Austin Race

A look at Lewis Hamilton's Michael Jackson-themed helmet. (Photo: Twitter - @JasonFowlerJLF)

A look at Lewis Hamilton’s Michael Jackson-themed helmet. (Photo: Twitter – @JasonFowlerJLF)

Lewis Hamilton is ditching his traditional yellow helmet this weekend for a Michael Jackson-inspired lid.

The 2008 World Champion used Twitter to debut his new look, stating: “For the Austin race, I wanted to dedicate this helmet to my favourite artist MJ.”

On the top, it features a photo of the late King of Pop with a personalized message that says “we’ll always love you” on one side and “rest in peace MJ” on the other.

Nov 15

WRC: Ogier Takes Charge In Wales Finale

Sebastien Ogier of France compete during Day One of the WRC Wales Rally GB. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastien Ogier of France compete during Day One of the WRC Wales Rally GB. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastien Ogier is on course to finish his title-winning world rally campaign with another victory after taking a 20.1-second lead after two days of the season-ending Wales Rally GB.

The Frenchman won four of Friday’s six stages to pull clear of Volkswagen teammate Jari-Matti Latvala. Thierry Neuville, who drives a Ford, is more than a minute off the lead in third place.

Nov 15

F1: Vettel Leads Red Bull Racing 1-2 In Second USGP Practice

Sebastian Vettel drives during practice for the United States Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel drives during practice for the United States Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel served notice Friday he has every intention of going after a victory that eluded him last year and perhaps set a couple of records are still within reach during his remarkable season.

Vettel posted the fastest time in the day’s two practice sessions at the U.S. Grand Prix, driving the Circuit of the Americas in 1 minute, 37.305 seconds, topping teammate Mark Webber for a 1-2 start for Red Bull on the first day of driving.

It was quite a turnaround from the morning for Vettel, who finished a leisurely 18th in the first practice that was delayed by fog, then stopped and ultimately shortened to about half of its scheduled 90 minutes.

Nov 15

F1: Raikkonen Undergoes Successful Operation

Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Ferrari in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Ferrari in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Lotus has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen underwent a successful operation Thursday, and is now starting the recovery process.

A short statement said: “As planned, Kimi Raikkonen underwent back surgery yesterday at The University Hospital of Strasbourg. Lotus F1 Team is happy to report that the operation was totally successful, according to Professor Afshin Gangi.