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

Schumacher fastest in second Jerez test

Michael Schumacher fired a statement of intent on the second day of the pre-season Formula One test in Jerez, posting the fastest time at the wheel of his new Mercedes.

Felipe Massa's Ferrari catches fire

Felipe Massa found his new Ferrari Formula One car too hot to handle today when it caught fire after he had completed only a few laps of the Valencia circuit in eastern Spain.

Ferrari unveil 2011 Formula One car

Ferrari today became the first team to unveil their car ahead of the new Formula One season.

Alonso: New rules are bad news for drivers

Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa yesterday expressed their fears that competing in Formula One was becoming less about driving skill and more about button-pushing. The introduction of adjustable rear wings and the return of the KERS power boost system, among other changes, were bemoaned by the pair at Ferrari's annual winter retreat in the Italian Dolomites.

Ferrari welcomes team orders decision

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has welcomed the lifting of the ban on Formula One team orders, calling the old regulations "pointless hypocrisy".

Jules Bianchi named Ferrari test driver

Ferrari have confirmed Jules Bianchi will be their test driver for the 2011 season as support for Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

James Lawton: Now Mancini must decide... is Balotelli's brilliance worth the inevitable buffoonery

Mancini faces a dilemma that has never been far from the surface of big-time football. He shares it with Chris Hughton, who must deal with Andy Carroll

German sets the pace but team-mate is close behind

The second practice session provided a pretty accurate snapshot of the performance pecking order in Formula One, as the world championship battle intensified in Interlagos yesterday.

Fernando Alonso calm on verge of securing Formula One title

Fernando Alonso heads into Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix in a calm, relaxed mood despite knowing he could clinch his third Formula One world title this weekend.

Fernando Alonso looks to Felipe Massa for Formula One title help

Ferrari's Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso played to the Brazilian Grand Prix crowd today by saying he hoped team mate Felipe Massa would win the last two races of the season.

Rain expected across F1 weekend

Rain is forecast throughout the race weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix, presenting a new challenge for Formula One drivers of competing on a wet track under lights.

Hamilton: 'I want to say sorry to the team. I shouldn't have made that move'

Lewis Hamilton admitted that his calamitous decision to try to overtake Felipe Massa on the first lap at Monza may well end up costing him the world title.

Hamilton spins out on opening lap as Alonso holds off Button

Lewis Hamilton's grasp on a second World Championship title slipped yesterday after the British driver crashed out on the opening lap of the Italian Grand Prix, leaving Fernando Alonso to give Ferrari their first win on home soil for four years.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso wins Italian Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso gave Ferrari their first win on home soil for four years as the Spaniard thrust himself firmly back into world title contention with an emotional victory in the Italian Grand Prix.

Alonso and Ferrari target last chance to save season

Driver known as 'Teflonso' for surviving scandals is under huge pressure to win in Italian team's home race
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