News Michael Schumacher gives the thumbs up after qualifying first in Monaco

Sabine Kehm confirms that the former world champion has begun the process of being brought out of his coma but stresses it could take a long time

Fernando Alonso (right) and Felipe Massa at the launch of the new Ferrari F138 in Italy yesterday

Fernando Alonso is assured that Ferrari's new car will be a help not a hindrance

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has dismissed the prospect of the new Formula One season witnessing anything close to last year's return of seven different winners from the first seven races.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso performs on stage during a show at the Wrooom, F1 and MotoGP press ski meeting earlier this month

Ferrari demand flying start after unveiling the F138 for the 2013 F1 season

Stefano Domenicali wants to see a better start than in recent seasons

Sebastian Vettel, of Red Bull, again proved Alonso’s nemesis

Ferrari will build on 'dream' season, insists Fernando Alonso

When Sebastian Vettel snatched the 2010 World Championship from beneath his nose in Abu Dhabi in the last race of the season, insiders say that Fernando Alonso wept inconsolably in the Ferrari garage for an hour and a half. The defeat – based on flawed strategic thinking as Ferrari kept an eye on Mark Webber and shadowed his pit stops instead of watching Vettel, and a lengthy spell trapped behind Vitaly Petrov's fleet Renault with no DRS to facilitate overtaking – cost Englishman Chris Dyer his job at Ferrari and tore out the Spaniard's heart.

Thumbs up: Lewis Hamilton celebrates his pole position in Säo Paulo

Hamilton seizes pole as Alonso prays for miracle

Fernando Alonso finally got to quantify in qualifying yesterday the scale of the mountain he has to climb if he is to beat Sebastian Vettel to the World Championship when a gripping Formula One season ends in Brazil this afternoon. And it was of Everest proportions.

Fernando Alonso ‘proud’ of Ferrari’s US Grand Prix gearbox tricks

McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh and Eric Boullier at Lotus both called into question Ferrari’s tactics

Fernando Alonso will start the US Grand Prix seventh, on the clean side of the grid

US Grand Prix: Ferrari take Felipe Massa penalty to aid Fernando Alonso title bid

Alonso to start Austin race from seventh on the grid

Sebastian Vettel will line up in pole position for the US Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for United States Grand Prix

Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start the U.S. Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday with the German perfectly placed to secure his third Formula One title in succession.

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 18 October 2012

Hart takes blame for dropped points against Poland

Felipe Mass will drive for Ferrari next season

Felipe Massa signs new Ferrari deal

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has already indicated to Felipe Massa that a return on the latest show of support for the Brazilian is expected.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa signs new Ferrari contract but Sebastian Vettel speculation persists

Felipe Massa has signed an extended contract to drive for Ferrari for the 2013 season, although speculation remains that Sebastian Vettel will join the Italian side the following year.

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso at the Korean Grand Prix

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel 'set to join Ferrari' in 2014

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is set to join Ferrari for the 2014 season, according to reports today.

Vettel wins Korean Grand Prix to move in championship lead

Sebastian Vettel survived a late tyre scare to move back to the top of the Formula One drivers' championship with a dominant victory in Korea, as McLaren's title hopes disintegrated.

Sebastian Vettel wins Japanese Grand Prix victory at Suzuka

Sebastian Vettel gave his hopes of claiming a third-consecutive world title a huge boost as he took advantage of Fernando Alonso's first-lap retirement with a consummate Japanese Grand Prix victory at Suzuka.

Rain dance: Fernando Alonso qualifies fastest in the wet at Silverstone for today's British Grand Prix

Ferrari win the tyre compound quiz

Italian team take their first pole position in two years as Hamilton and Button fail to get heat in Pirellis

Maria De Villota pictured earlier this year

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa offers support to Maria De Villota after Marussia test driver loses eye

Felipe Massa has drawn on his own accident hell in offering his support to Maria De Villota.

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