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

Mark Webber came second in his final grand prix then drove a warm-down lap without his helmet

F1: Sebastian Vettel eases to ninth straight win as Mark Webber bids a hearty goodbye at the Brazilian Grand Prix

German equals Ascari’s record then lets departing team-mate take the honours on the podium in Brazil

Fernando Alonso has admitted defeat in the race for the 2013 Formula One drivers' championship

F1: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso concedes world championship to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel

Vettel won his fifth race in a row in the Japanese Grand Prix to all but confirm his fourth consecutive drivers' title

Sebastian Vettel (bottom) drives past Fernando Alonso, who is facing the wrong way after spinning during practice

Japanese Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel edges inexorably nearer title

On a day when the imminence of Sebastian Vettel’s fourth consecutive World Championship paled into insignificance in the face of Maria de Villota’s human story, the German once again took control of events on the racetrack.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium in Korea

F1: Ferrari concede defeat to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull after Stefano Domenicali congratulates the German as he closes in on a fourth world championship

Vettel could win title at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix to join Michael Schumacher, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alain Prost in winning four drivers' championships

Fernando Alonso gives Mark Webber a lift back to the pits after his car stopped out on the Singapore track on the slowing down lap

F1: Mark Webber labels punishment for 'taxi ride' from Fernando Alonso as 'comical'

The Red Bull driver broke down on the final lap

Oracle Team USA has closed the gap on the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand but still trails 6-8

America’s Cup: Oracle Team USA closes gap on Emirates Team New Zealand

The tension cranked up another notch on San Francisco Bay as the America’s Cup defender Oracle Team USA closed the gap on the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, which still leads 8 – 6.

Fernando Alonso gives Mark Webber a lift back to the pits after his car stopped out on the Singapore track on the slowing down lap

F1: Fernando Alonso concedes he will need luck to catch Sebastian Vettel

The Ferrari driver finished behind his Red Bull rival in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel on his way to victory at the Singapore Grand Prix

F1: Red Bull principal Christian Horner says it is 'not fair' for fans to boo Sebastian Vettel

The German won in Singapore to extend his lead in the standings

Sebastian Vettel celebrates his victory at the Singapore Grand Prix

F1: Sebastian Vettel recovers from first corner hitch to cruise home in Singapore Grand Prix which came to life late on

Vettel sits 60 points ahead of Fernando Alonso who along with Mark Webber was handed a reprimand which sees the Aussie given a 10-place grid penalty in Korea

Fernando Alonso in action during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix

Time is running out to catch Sebastian Vettel

Closest rivals Alonso and Hamilton struggle in qualifying for today's Singapore Grand Prix

The Sport Matrix: Monday 23 September 2013

Moyes lays into United players after derby defeat

Fernando Alonso insists he wants to stay with Ferrari

Fernando Alonso wants to end McLaren talk by signing contract extension with Ferrari

The Spaniard had been linked with a return to his former team but he insists he wants to stay with the Italian manufacturer

Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari during practice yesterday for tomorrow's Singapore Grand Prix

McLaren open to Fernando Alonso return but Spaniard stays put at Ferrari

Driver pledges to remain with Ferrari ‘to the end’ but speculation refuses to die down

Fernando Alonso practising at Spa

F1: Ferrari desperate to hunt down Red Bull in remaining races of the season

The next Grand Prix is the night race in Singapore

Fernando Alonso has yet to win a world title for Ferrari, much to the disappointment of president Luca di Montezemolo

F1 comment: Why Ferrari have made U-turn over Kimi Raikkonen

President Luca di Montezemolo hopes the uncomplicated Finn's return will provoke the necessary response from Fernando Alonso

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