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Lewis Hamilton suffered a front wing failure on the first day of testing in Jerez that caused him to plow into the tyre barrier

F1: Lewis Hamilton crashes on first day of Jerez testing after his Mercedes suffers a front wing failure

Hamilton escapes unhurt after his W05sup hits the tyre barrier in a replication of his first day accident last year

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F1: Nico Rosberg in need of 'toilet paper' after suffering blow out at 200mph

The Mercedes driver tweets following incident during Pirelli tyre test

Jenson Button will be partnered by rookie Kevin Magnussen at McLaren next season

F1: McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen must grasp his chance as team principal Martin Whitmarsh admits they are taking a 'risk' with 'special driver'

Magnussen steps up to McLaren after winning the Formula Renault 3.5 series last season in which he impressed many with his mature approach

Sebastian Vettel finished top of the practice timesheets for the Indian Grand Prix

Indyplus F1: Lotus mock rule changes with 18 proposals of their own

The FIA announced earlier this week that double points will be awarded in the final Grand Prix of the season, a move that world champion Sebastian Vettel has labelled 'absurd'

Sebastian Vettel finished top of the practice timesheets for the Indian Grand Prix

F1: Lotus mock rule changes with 18 proposals of their own, including 'Any drivers named Sebastian Vettel will complete their own pit stops without assistance from their mechanics'

The FIA announced earlier this week that double points will be awarded in the final Grand Prix of the season, a move that world champion Sebastian Vettel has labelled 'absurd'

No longer manager and client but still father and son – Anthony Hamilton (right) and Lewis in the pit lane

Father of Lewis Hamilton hits out at Paul Di Resta over accusations of incompetence

Anthony Hamilton is the Scottish racer's former manager

Brazilian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel reigns in rain as he chases more records

Nobody, apart from Mark Webber, has really been able to unsettle Sebastian Vettel in the past eight races, but in Interlagos the weather gods gave it their best try as the final session of qualifying was delayed by torrential rain. Vettel, however, remained their favoured one as he took his 45th pole position comfortably.

Lewis Hamilton was last week happy to settle for fourth place – but where's the fun in that?
Sebastian Vettel leaves them all behind in Austin again

F1: Sebastian Vettel fights off Romain Grosjean for record eighth straight win

Romain Grosjean closed on Vettel but the German was able to pull away towards the end of the race

Red Bull's driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany races during the qualifying round for the United States Formula One Grand Prix

Red Bull wrap up front row of grid for US Grand Prix

As expected, Red Bull pulled the rabbit out of the hat in final qualifying for today's US Grand Prix here yesterday, as Sebastian Vettel jumped team-mate Mark Webber to wrap up the front row of the grid. But where the times had been close all through practice, Vettel was almost a second clear of Romain Grosjean's third-placed Lotus.

Lewis Hamilton has described his recent form for Mercedes as 'shocking'

F1: Lewis Hamilton describes his recent form for Mercedes as 'shocking' but remains confident of a strong finish to 2013

Two cracks were revealed to have formed in the Briton's Mercedes chassis explaining why he has been so off the pace recently

Jenson Button sets the early pace yesterday in practice for tomorrow’s US Grand Prix

US Grand Prix: Red Bulls on top after fog blurs picture

They say that everything in Texas is bigger and, unfortunately, here in Austin yesterday that meant the delays caused by the weather.

Four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti has been forced to retire from racing after injuries sustained in a horror crash at the Grand Prix of Houston last month

F1: Paul Di Resta backs cousin Dario Franchitti to remain in motor racing after forced retirement

The four-time IndyCar champions announced his retirement yesterday due to injuries he suffered in a horrific crash at the Grand Prix of Houston last month

Jenson Button will be partnered by rookie Kevin Magnussen at McLaren next season

F1: McLaren confirm Kevin Magnussen will replace Sergio Perez for 2014

Perez announced on Twitter that he was leaving the team after just a year since joining from Sauber and he'll be replaced by the untried Magnussen

Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher gestures during a photo call before the Brazilian F1 Grand Prix at Interlagos

F1: Michael Schumacher rejected approach from Lotus to race in last two Grand Prix of the season

The seven-time world champion 'feels so good in his new life' he rejected the chance

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