Sport McLaren drivers (left to right) Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne at the launch of the new MP4-29 car at their base in Woking

British driver considered options but is looking forward to revitalised McLaren

Simoncelli swoops late to claim first Moto GP pole

Marco Simoncelli made a late dash to deprive Casey Stoner of pole position for today's MotoGP at the Catalunya Circuit in Spain. The Australian Stoner had been 0.122sec clear of his nearest challenger, Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, after the morning session, with Simoncelli a further three-tenths back .

Simoncelli death threats cloud Stoner's great day

Casey Stoner was quickest in practice yesterday ahead of tomorrow's Catalunya Grand Prix in Barcelona. The Australian Honda driver finished ahead of Marco Simoncelli and Andrea Dovizioso.

Motorcycling: Pedrosa doubtful for his home race

dani pedrosa's participation in his home MotoGP on 5 June in Barcelona is uncertain after tests confirmed a clean break to his collarbone following a crash in Sunday's French Grand Prix, his team said yesterday.

Stoner sets circuit record in Le Mans practice

Casey Stoner set the pace in yesterday's free practice sessions for tomorrow's MotoGP French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

Pedrosa set for further surgery

Dani Pedrosa will take advantage of a break in the MotoGP calendar due to the postponement of the Japanese Grand Prix to have more surgery on his troublesome collarbone. The Spanish Repsol Honda rider finished third in the 20 March season-opener in Qatar after suffering numbness and a lack of strength in his left arm.

Motorcycling: Stoner races to victory in Japan

Australian Casey Stoner stormed to his second successive victory for Ducati in yesterday's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi, while MotoGP world champion-elect Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth.

Pedrosa crash ends title hopes

The Spanish MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa broke his collarbone in three places after crashing his Honda in yesterday's practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Motorcycling: Pedrosa marks new deal with quick celebration

Dani Pedrosa, boosted by signing a new two-year deal with Honda yesterday, continued his superb recent form by topping the practice timesheets during yesterday's running ahead of the inaugural Aragon Grand Prix.

Potential buyer still interested in Portsmouth

New Zealand businessman Victor Cattermole claims his Endeavor Plan consortium are still interested in buying Portsmouth.

Tales of the City 2009

That was the year that, well, wasn't the start of another Great Depression...Sean O'Grady looks back at some stories that resembled the plot of a novel

A final twist in the road for Brawn

Ross Brawn turned F1 on its head this year, leaving rival teams reeling. He reveals how it feels to follow those highs by losing his world champion driver, selling his team – and banking £70m

Renault considers joining Formula One exodus

Renault was last night considering joining Toyota and pulling out of Formula One. The French car company was discussing whether to stay in the sport with its own team, become an engine supplier or to walk away altogether at an emergency board meeting in Paris.

Redemption at last for 'playboy' of F1

Briton delivers world title after his undoubted talent looked like going to waste

Stoner joy at hat-trick as Rossi closes in on title

Casey Stone claimed his third successive win at the Australian Grand Prix on a day when Valentino Rossi moved a step closer to retaining his MotoGP world championship.

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