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

F1 favourites Ferrari spurred on by Alonso

Spurred on by the enthusiastic arrival of Fernando Alonso and a disastrous 2009, Ferrari will head into the Formula One season as the championship favorite with a bit of a chip on its shoulder.

Felipe Massa: 'If I'd have crashed like that 10 years ago, I wouldn't be here now'

The Brian Viner Interview: In July he almost died. In 2008 he lost the world championship on the very last corner. As a new season looms, the Ferrari driver explains why the experiences have only made him faster

Alonso bullish about Ferrari's chances in car he hails as 'best ever'

Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso believes the new Ferrari F10 is the best car he has driven and says the team were hiding their true potential in last week's Jerez test.

Motorcycling: Rossi favours power increase

World champion Valentino Rossi has said a switch to more powerful engines in 2012 could persuade him to stay in MotoGP. "Theoretically, I am very happy to go back to the 1,000cc [bikes] because I like it more than 800cc and it is more fun," the 30-year-old said of the proposed rule change for the top category.

Button undone by Alonso's pace

World champion left in Ferrari's rear-view mirror as McLaren tweak new set-up

Alonso takes wheel of Ferrari for first time

Fernando Alonso took the wheel of a Ferrari for the first time today on the final day of Formula One's first pre-season testing session.

Massa returns with a new 'baby' for reborn Ferrari

Brazilian wants world title after making full recovery and becoming a father

Ferrari unveil 2010 Formula One car

Ferrari launched its car for the upcoming Formula One season today, naming it the F10 in hope of a return to the team's winning tradition.

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Massa aiming to banish demons

Ferrari's Felipe Massa has encountered more difficulty coming to terms with his agonising championship loss in 2008 than his recovery from a life-threatening accident that curtailed last year's campaign.

Alonso makes dig at McLaren

Fernando Alonso is already in love with Ferrari and says the working environment is much better than at previous teams - especially McLaren.

Massa performs U-turn after pop at Alonso

Felipe Massa has been forced to backtrack on comments made about Fernando Alonso after claiming his future Ferrari team-mate knew all along about the Singapore race-fixing scandal. It is hardly an auspicious start to their future relationship, with Alonso recently signing a three-year deal from 2010 with Ferrari, replacing the departing Kimi Raikkonen.

Massa clarifies Alonso 'crash' comments

Felipe Massa has been forced to backtrack on comments made about Fernando Alonso after claiming his future Ferrari team-mate knew all along about the Singapore race-fixing scandal.

Massa completes first F1 test since accident

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa took his first test drive in a Formula One car since a life-threatening accident earlier this year.

Massa accepts early return unlikely

Convalescing Ferrari driver Felipe Massa concedes his chances of making a return to race action this season are "very, very low".

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

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A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

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Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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