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MAGAZINE - PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 2ND 2012
In the magazine: Raikkonen on his F1 comeback
In this week's AUTOSPORT magazine, read why Kimi Raikkonen decided to ditch rallying in favour of an F1 comeback. Plus we analyse the sport's technical and sporting rule changes coming into force this year

Kimi Raikkonen Lotus test Valencia 2012

The announcement of Kimi Raikkonen's return to Formula 1 with Lotus late last year was major news.

After testing a 2010 Renault at Valencia last week, he told Edd Straw that coming back to grand prix racing after two years of rallying was "an easy choice," and that his interest had been reignited by his outings in NASCAR in 2011.

F1's 2012 rules explained - The Formula 1 regulations have undergone a few subtle tweaks for 2012, so AUTOSPORT has assembled its panel of experts to explain the changes and the impact they will have on the important bit: the racing.

Technical correspondent and new BBC F1 straight-talker Gary Anderson, grand prix editor Mark Hughes and former HRT and Lotus F1 racer Karun Chandhok analyse three key areas – technical and sporting regulation updates and the effect of Pirelli's second season in F1.

Mark Hughes column - Our grand prix editor is not sure Pirelli's aggressive tyre-compound upgrade for 2012 will lead to more overtaking

Charles Pic interview - Charles Pic will be the third Frenchman on the F1 grid this year. The 21-year-old rookie tells Glenn Freeman that he'll need to earn the right to stay with Marussia beyond 2012.

Toyota aims to beat Audi - After an absence of more than a decade Toyota is back in international sportscar racing with a petrol-electric hybrid. Team technical chief Pascal Vasselon speaks to Gary Watkins about the firm's plans to beat Audi in the big one: the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Sebastien Ogier interview - Ousted from the factory Citroen WRC team last season, Sebastien Ogier jumped at the chance to join Volkswagen's new effort. But that requires a season in a Super 2000-spec Skoda ahead of a 2013 WRC return. And he made quite an impression in Monte Carlo recently, as David Evans explains.

Daytona 24 Hours report - All the action from Florida, where Michael Shank Racing's Riley, crewed by AJ Allmendinger, Oswaldo Negri, John Pew and Justin Wilson, took a narrow victory – its first in the classic US enduro. Jonathan Ingram was there.

Felipe Nasr interview - British Formula 3 champion Felipe Nasr won his ride with Michael Shank's prototype squad for the Daytona 24 Hours and the Brazilian impressed on his sportscar debut, helping the car to third overall. Andrew van de Burgt caught up with him.

Triple 8 back in the BTCC with MG - Our British Touring Car correspondent Kevin Turner talks to Triple 8 top man Ian Harrison about his squad's return to the series with MG and former employee – and champion – Jason Plato.

We race a Lamborghini Gallardo - Ben Anderson teams up with international sportscar racer Marino Franchitti to tackle a Super Trofeo race in the awesome Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. Just don't mention the drive-through penalty…

Oli Webb interview - British single-seater rising star Oli Webb has pledged his future to America and a ride with top Indy Lights team Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He tells Mark Glendenning that he's hoping it'll help his career to blossom.

Sports Extra - Masters Historic Racing looks set to run a Formula Libre-style event at Oulton Park that will attract all manner of powerful single-seaters.

National Focus - Jonathan Adam made a successful switch to GT racing last season. Kevin Turner talks to the former one-make tin-top ace about his future.

From the archive - Jason Plato will hook up with Triple 8 and MG for the 2012 BTCC. We recall his 2001 title success with Ian Harrison's squad in the Vauxhall Astra.

Rally of my life - Frenchman Jean-Pierre Nicolas tells David Evans how a last-minute deal to compete in the 1978 Monte Carlo Rally in a hired Porsche 911 led to an historic victory that became the rally of his life.

Read this week's AUTOSPORT digital magazine.

  FEATURES FROM FEB 2, 2012 - FEB 8, 2012
In the magazine: Raikkonen on his F1 comeback
Has the 2012-spec Hamilton conquered his demons?
By Adam Cooper
Why Meeke shouldn't have been benched
By David Evans
What's got VW interested in F1 again?
By Dieter Rencken
Why Karthikeyan went back to HRT
By Edd Straw
Sato: Revved up over Rahal deal
By Marcus Simmons
Tech notes: Analysing Ferrari's F2012
By Craig Scarborough
Gary Anderson interviews Andrew Green
By Gary Anderson
Is this Stefano Domenicali's last chance?
By Dieter Rencken
Grime beats glitz at launch time
By Mark Glendenning
James Allison: The man behind Kimi's car
By Jonathan Noble
Jean-Eric Vergne: Red Bull's next world champion?
By Sam Tremayne
Sauber: Making a successful budget F1 car
By Edd Straw
How ugly rules could hurt Red Bull
By Tony Dodgins
Tech Notes: Decoding secrets of the midfield pack
By Craig Scarborough
Perez-Sala: Hitting the reset button at HRT
By Jonathan Noble
Trackside view from Jerez
By Edd Straw
Conquering Kilimanjaro: Sims's diary
By Alexander Sims
Inside testing: Jerez daily blog
Tech Notes: Inside Red Bull's title defender
By Craig Scarborough
Bamber's Week
By Jim Bamber
Helping Ferrari get a grip on tyres
By Niki Takeda
Why it is game on for McLaren
By Jonathan Noble
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