Spanish Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen won the season opening Australian Grand Prix. Picture: Ker Robertson/Getty Images
Kimi Raikkonen  can close the gap on defending champion Sebastian Vettel  in the Formula One driver’s standings by winning a third Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend. After winning the season opening Australian Grand Prix the Finn has twice had to settle for second place - in both China and Bahrain - but will be confident of going one better at a race that he has won twice before. The Lotus-Renault driver piloted his Ferrari to victory around the 4.65km circuit in 2008 and was successful for McLaren Mercedes three years earlier.

This event has thrown up seven different winners in the past seven years and they are all due to face the starter on Sunday night (AEST), including local hero Fernando Alonso  in 2006. Last year’s renewal threw up arguably the roughest result in Formula One history, with unfancied Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado  claiming the race after starting from pole. Prior to the Spanish race, Maldonado’s best ever finish was his eighth in China a month earlier and he has since failed to reach the podium with his 11th at Bahrain his best result in 2013.

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