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‘This time I don’t know what I’m doing’ – Kimi Raikkonen joins Instagram

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Formula 1 has broken a number of barriers when it comes to social media in the last two years, but Thursday saw another breakthrough for the sport.

Kimi Raikkonen joined Instagram.

A racing driver signing up to Instagram is usually no biggy – but Raikkonen has been one of two F1 drivers absent from all forms of social media for some time, the other being Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Raikkonen is one of the most popular racing drivers in the world, becoming something of a cult figure in F1 due to his monosyllabic nature and famous radio quotes, the most notable being: “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing!”

But by his own admission, Raikkonen now does not know what he’s doing as he ventures into the big, wide world of Instagram complete with likes, hashtags and selfies.

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This time I don’t know what I’m doing. #Kimi7

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Raikkonen’s wife, Minttu, has been on Instagram for some time, and likely helped give the Iceman the nudge to get some kind of social media presence.

Raikkonen’s arrival means that Vettel is the only driver without any kind of social media account – but don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

“I just don’t understand why you have to constantly tell everyone what you are doing, where you are, who you are with,” Vettel told German broadcaster RTL back in June.

“I simply don’t have this need, but at the same time I don’t blame people if they are constantly talking about themselves.

“I think I grew up in a generation that was quite shy of having pictures taken or seeing themselves.”

WATCH: Red Bull F1 team completes pit stop in zero gravity

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The Red Bull Racing pit crew may have already made headlines last weekend when it completed the fastest pit stop in Formula One history, changing Max Verstappen’s tires in 1.82 seconds, but the team’s most recent stunt took their skills to new heights – quite literally.

With the help of the Russian Space agency Roscomos, a group of the team’s mechanics completed the world’s first zero-gravity pit stop, on-board a IIyushin II-76K cosmonaut training plane.

Using a 2005 BR1, the team filmed the viral video over the course of a week, enduring seven flights and about 80 parabolas – periods in which the plane climbs 45 degrees before falling again at a ballistic arch of 45 degrees, creating a period of weightlessness for approximately 22 seconds.

With such a short time frame between weightlessness periods, the car and equipment had to be both quickly and safely secured before gravity once again took effect. Each filming lasted roughly 15 seconds, and the stunt was the most physically and technically demanding activity the live demo team had ever undertaken.

“It pushed us harder than I thought it would,” said Red Bull Support Team Mechanic Joe Robinson. “You realize how much you rely on gravity when you don’t have any!

“It challenges you to think and operate in a different way – and that was brilliant. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and honestly, I could have stayed and done it all month. It was amazing. I think it’s the coolest, most fun thing the Live Demo team has ever done with a show car.”

Though Red Bull was the first team to perform a pit stop in zero gravity, surprisingly Red Bull was not the first team to put a car through zero gravity. In 1999, McLaren driver David Coulthard and his car experienced zero gravity as part of a promotion for then-sponsor West Cigarettes.

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