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Lewis Hamilton says it's 'gloves off' from now on

Lewis Hamilton is focusing on regaining some consistency ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, his first race since it was confirmed that he will be leaving McLaren for Mercedes.

Force a smile: Hamilton is quickest but feels he could have done better

'It's simply gloves-off' says Lewis Hamilton ahead of Japanese Grand Prix

In his first race since confirmation he will leave McLaren to join Mercedes next season, Lewis Hamilton must get his focus back on track and the Formula One championship fight at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

Schumacher, the seven-time world champion who came out of retirement to join the German team in 2009, will announce the end of his F1 career in Stuttgart this morning

Lewis Hamilton set to replace retiring Michael Schumacher

Reports last night indicated that Michael Schumacher was on the verge of retiring from Formula One for the second time – which will clear the way for Lewis Hamilton to leave McLaren and sign for Mercedes.

Protestors cheer as police let them leave the site of a student demonstration outside a reception for the Canada Grand Prix

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Pastor Maldonado (left)and Sir Frank (right) celebrate Williams’ first grand prix win since 2004

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Bruno Senna is convinced he will make an impact in Formula One after witnessing at first hand what Williams are capable of this year.

Triumphant Nico Rosberg raises his first grand prix winner’s trophy

From pole to podium, Rosberg leaves his rivals all tyred out

If you were any other F1 team than Mercedes, you might have left China last night hearing the unmistakable clamour of alarm bells. The silver arrows of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher had been fast in qualifying for the opening two races of the season, but ate their tyres voraciously in the races. Not this time. Careful changes had transformed them.

Flying Finn: Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen 'looks motivated', says Niki Lauda

Raikkonen up to speed after rallying to the call of Lotus

In the season of six world champions, two are on the comeback trail. Ironically, Kimi Raikkonen is the man who replaced Michael Schumacher at Ferrari back in 2007, the year the Finn won his title.

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull takes on a turn during practice at the Albert Park circuit yesterday

Hard to find clues after a damp day in Melbourne

It was, Ferrari summarised perfectly, the day on which the 2012 Formula One season got under way in "indecipherable fashion". The start had been eagerly awaited after three weeks of inconclusive testing, with six world champions ready to do battle and a raft of new cars built to revised regulations. But as proceedings were twice affected by heavy rain, few emerged any the wiser about the true pecking order.

Trending: The many lives of Lord Lucan

A new theory has emerged about Lord Lucan – that he was living in Africa years after he disappeared following the 1974 murder of his children's nanny. Some of those other theories:

Jyrki Järvilehto pictured during his Formula One career in 1988

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A Finnish court yesterday sentenced former Formula One driver Jyrki Järvilehto to 30 months in prison for a drunken boat accident that killed his friend.

Lewis Hamilton hits out at detractors ahead of British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has taken a swipe at his detractors as he gets in a fighting mood for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Sir Stirling Moss retires at 81

Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has officially retired from motor racing at the age of 81.

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