Team-mates and rivals, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will be the story again this year

Kevin Garside: F1 needs to return to its essence where drivers rule over engineers

COMMENT: Somewhere F1 went too far down the lab route at the expense of theatre

Lewis Hamilton is aiming to win a third world championship

F1 2015 preview: Lewis Hamilton must win mind battle to land third title and emulate his hero Ayrton Senna

Champion cannot let distractions undermine his season

Ott Tanak crashes into a reservoir during the Mexico Rally

Ott Tanak crash video: M-Sport driver crashes into a lake during the Mexico Rally

Estonian rally driver suffered damage to his Ford Fiesta RS WRC's steering that meant he couldn't avoid a watery finish to Friday's action

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP drives during testing at Circuit de Catalunya

F1 2015 preview: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg still streets ahead

With the grand prix season just a week away, David Tremayne runs the rule over the drivers and teams of 2015 and wonders whether anyone will be able to play catch-up with Mercedes?

MotoGP rider Scott Redding

MotoGP 2015: Scott Redding admits 'last year there was no pressure and no rewards, it was pointless me going racing'

British rider is targeting a more successful 2015 as he maintains a hope of becoming MotoGP world champion

The official picture for the SpongeBob SquarePants 400

Nascar renames this season's race at Kansas Speedway after cartoon legend SpongeBob SquarePants

Nickelodeon will sponsor the race on 9 May to promote the new SpongeBob SquarePants film

Fernando Alonso enters the circuit on Sunday

Fernando Alonso to miss the Australian Grand Prix with Kevin Magnussen set to replace him despite lack of running time

Alonso suffered a concussion in pre-season testing and will miss the season-opener in Melbourne through doctors advice

Fernando Alonso: McLaren-Honda driver released from hospital following crash

Formula One driver pictured walking out of Spanish hospital

Alonso is taken form his stricken McLaren-Honda to an ambulance
Alonso is taken form his stricken McLaren-Honda to an ambulance

Fernando Alonso crash: McLaren-Honda driver faces further hospital tests following accident described as 'strange' by Sebastian Vettel

Alonso was lucky to escape serious injury after hitting the barrier at the high-speed Turn Three

Joey Logano celebrates his Daytona 500 victory

Daytona 500 results: Joey Logano rewards Roger Penske for his faith as he takes Nascar season-opener

Logano held on after a green-white-chequered finish that ended in a caution a last-lap accident

Fernando Alonso is transferred from the medical centre to the helicopter after crashing

Fernando Alonso crash: McLaren-Honda driver suffers a concussion following testing incident that saw him airlifted to hospital

The accident happened on the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona

The Ferrari F1 Concept car

Ferrari's future F1 car chimes with Adrian Newey's call for change

Red Bull's design guru has criticised the 'restrictive' nature of the sport

The British round of the MotoGP season has been held at Silverstone for the past five years

MotoGP 2015: Donington Park pulls out of hosting British GP due to funding failure to leave serious doubts about race future

The Circuit of Wales' failure to meet their financial obligations could see the British round of the MotoGP season fall off the calendar

Marc Marquez set the fastest time over the three-day test

MotoGP 2015: Marc Marquez tops the first pre-season test in Sepang as Honda set the benchmark

Suzuki and Aprilia returned to the field while Yamaha believe they've made significant improvements over the winter

Sport
Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard during their classic battle
BOXING Mayweather vs Pacquiao: It is a great fight, but it is not the greatest, argues Steve Bunce
Sport
Floyd Mayweather faces Manny Pacquiao on 2 May
GALLERYMayweather vs Pacquiao: Boxing greats and current fighters have their say
Sport
footballVIDEORaheem Sterling recorded a message of support to the candidate for Brent
Sport
VIDEOThe former England midfielder was appearing on a new series with Holly Willoughby
Sport
Aaron Ramsey and Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan left hanging at the Emirates
Sport
Steven Thompson (left) and John McGinn
St Mirren captain threw the spiked pole 'for a laugh'
Sport
Eden Hazard and his PFA Player of the Year award
ANALYSISIt hasn't been a great year on paper for the Belgian...
Sport
Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao during the Filipino's training camp
BOXING Mayweather vs Pacquiao: To compare him to Ali or Robinson is a joke, says Bob Arum
Sport
Wladimir Klitschko celebrates his win over Bryant Jennings
COMMENTMaybe Klitschko's reputation will be hauled out of the bin when his days are done, and suitably polished, writes Kevin Garside
Sport
Nick Abendanon was at his swashbuckling best for Clermont
Rugby UnionBrock James has thrown his weight behind the decision back home and expressed surprise at England’s reluctance to do something similar
Sport
Jimmy Anderson celebrates one of his four wickets with his England team-mates in Grenada on Saturday night
CricketEven an Ashes triumph seems possible after victory
Sport
Tennis Ticket holders will not be permitted to enter the grounds if in possession of the self-portrait device
Sport
Mick Schumacher celebrates on the podium at Oschersleben
MotorsportMichael Schumacher's 16-year-old son Mick clinches his first ever victory on debut weekend
Sport
LONDON MARATHON Three-time winner, 41, bids goodbye to the sport
Sport
Ronnie O’Sullivan has a 12-4 lead over Matthew Stevens, needing one more frame to win
SnookerO’Sullivan avoided a fine in the first round when he briefly played without shoes
Sport
TennisCoach was 'really, really happy' when she broke her news
Sport
Jonas Bjorkman
Bjorkman was originally hired as a replacement for Dani Vallverdu
Sport
Wasps’ Joe Simpson breaks through the Exeter defence to score his fantastic late try
RUGBY UNION REPORT Wasps 36 Exeter 29: Scrum-half's late belief-beggaring try may push club into the Premiership semi-finals
Sport
Warwickshire’s opening batsman Ian Westwood drives through the covers against last season’s champions Yorkshire
CricketWarwickshire vs Yorkshire report
Sport
An emotional Tony McCoy after finishing third on Box Office in his final race
Racing Tony McCoy says goodbye to the racing world as the 20-time Champion Jockey calls time on his fantastic career
Sport
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather
boxingCOMMENT Where does Mayweather v Pacquiao rank among the greats?
Sport blogs

The Football Lawyer: The career of a Premier League footballer is similar to that of a City professional

In football, where money talks, there are few pronouncements louder than the salary of a Premier Lea...

A World Cricket XI for the ages

One man’s pursuit of cricketing nerd nirvana: an all-time XI made up of a player from each decade 19...

Wheels: Journeys in Parlympic Sport

The World Cup is all well and good, but James Moore can't wait for the arrival of new chairs for his...

The Independent around the web
  • Get to the point
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
Featured Advertorials

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence