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Raikkonen left to walk through the desert after engine issue in Bahrain FP1 (VIDEO)

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Kimi Raikkonen’s tough start to the 2017 Formula 1 season continued in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday after an engine issue left him to walk back to the pits on foot midway through FP1.

Raikkonen arrived in Bahrain looking to bounce back from two disappointing races to start the new season, finishing fourth in Australia and fifth in China, far behind teammate Sebastian Vettel on both occasions.

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne has called for talks with Raikkonen to discuss his form, but the Finn hoped to strike back in Bahrain, a race he likes, having scored eight podium finishes in the past.

However, Raikkonen’s hopes of dialing in nice and early in FP1 were dashed after an overheating issue with the turbocharger on his power unit caused him to grind to a halt.

Raikkonen was able to park his car up in a safe place, ensuring the session could continue, but was left to walk back to the pits.

Despite being offered a bicycle by one of the marshals and a ride in a golf buggy, Raikkonen preferred to walk back – still wearing his helmet and firesuit in temperatures nudging 100ºF – through the sandy infield of the Bahrain International Circuit.

Somewhat inevitably, the internet then got creative.

2016 Knoxville Nationals champ Jason Johnson succumbs to injuries from sprint car crash

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Former Knoxville Nationals champion sprint car driver Jason Johnson has died from injuries suffered in a crash Saturday night in a World of Outlaws race at Beaver Dam (Wisconsin) Raceway).

Known as the “Ragin’ Cajun” for his aggressive style of racing, Johnson, 41, passed away this morning, according to an announcement by WoO. He was one of the most respected and well-liked drivers on the circuit by both fellow competitors and fans.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson, a Eunice, Louisiana resident, was racing for the lead in the main event on the one-third-mile clay track with eventual race winner Daryn Pitman, when Johnson crashed on Lap 18 shortly after a restart.

Johnson’s car left the track surface in Turn 3 and flew through at least one billboard adjacent to the racetrack, according to media and witness reports.

It took rescue workers several minutes to extricate Johnson, who was taken by ambulance to a local hospital before being airlifted to Aurora Summit Hospital in Summit, Wisconsin, according to the Journal Sentinel report.

How many will remember Johnson:

Johnson, who won the 2016 Knoxville Nationals – the sport’s biggest race – in Iowa in storybook fashion, had been a primarily part-time racer on various sprint car circuits from 1998 until he went full-time on the Outlaws series, capturing Rookie of the Year honors in 2015.

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Johnson had 12 wins on the Outlaws circuit, including two victories this season.

The Journal Sentinel also posted a statement from SLS Promotions, which promoted Saturday’s race:

“Everyone at SLS Promotions offers our deepest, most sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to Bobbi Johnson (Jason’s wife), Jaxx Johnson (the couple’s son) and the entire Johnson family and JJR Racing team.

“Jason was a great competitor and true ambassador for the sport. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him during his time on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series trail. Jason will never be forgotten”

Other notables also commented on his death on social media:

According to the Journal Sentinel, Johnson is the second driver in four years to die at the small track northwest of Milwaukee. In September 2014, Scott Semmelann, 47, was killed there while practicing for an Interstate Racing Association event.

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