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

Williams block Schumacher testing

Michael Schumacher's bid to test Ferrari's current car has been blocked by Williams.

James Lawton: Schumacher's return is not a gamble but a reflex action

For Formula One there was only one certainty, one cornerstone of the franchise which stood quite untouchable.

James Lawton: Grim return to forgotten edge of fear

Felipe Massa's cruelly random injury at qualifying in Hungary – along with the recent death of John Surtees' son – have turned back the clock with almost casual brutality.

Just how good is Jenson Button?

He's won six GPs this year, but some say it's all down to the car. David Tremayne asks Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell and Jackie Stewart for their verdicts

Chris Maume: Safety first and last in Stewart's drive for change

View From The Sofa: Jackie Stewart: The Flying Scot, BBC 4 / The Masters, BBC 1/2

Lewis Hamilton: World leader driven to get back to front

McLaren have run into early trouble so great Briton faces the fight of his life to retain crown. David Tremayne talks to Lewis Hamilton

Binman faces £10,000 jigsaw puzzle

It is a jigsaw that would drive even the most patient of puzzle fans to distraction.

Moss: 'Hamilton is an impressive young man – a fighter. He'll go a long way'

With Lewis Hamilton on the brink of ruling the world, British greats Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill tell David Tremayne how he would wear the crown

A shining example in the troubled world of Formula One

Forty years ago today, the world of motorsport was shattered when the great Jim Clark was killed at Hockenheim.

Top 100 F1 Drivers Of All Time, by Alan Henry

Part of the charm of "list" books such as this is their utter pointlessness, because it is plainly impossible to come up with a definitive ranking for drivers from many different eras. Yet the device does give the vastly knowledgeable Alan Henry an excuse to revisit past deeds of derring-do and rehabilitate reputations, and he has produced an entertaining, if contentious, grid order.

Spurs need to dig deeper for Davies

Tottenham must consider increasing their bid for West Brom's Curtis Davies after the relegated club rejected an initial £3.5m offer. The 21-year-old central defender had an outstanding season for Albion despite their demotion to the Championship, but manager Bryan Robson is determined to keep his squad together.

Mark Steel: You can't blame celebrities for what they've become

The Beckhams must have had friends in their pre-celebrity days and know people who aren't on TV

Alonso victory confirms Renault as constructors' champions at last

Fernando Alonso and Renault responded yesterday in the best possible way in China to McLaren-Mercedes' challenge for the world championship for constructors, as the Spaniard won a chaotic race and thus confirmed the French manufacturer as champion in its own right for the first time.
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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

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Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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