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Video explainer: The Independent explains exactly what Hamilton needs to do on Sunday to be crowned champion

Yasmin Alibhai- Brown: Mixed-race Britain is us at our best

I bring tidings of comfort and joy, though perhaps not to the BNP and Co. When superwoman Jessica Ennis became an emblematic face of the Olympics, she also symbolised the nation's quiet, irreversible genetic revolution. New data from the 2011 Census shows around a million Britons identified as "mixed". The real figure could be twice as high because substantial numbers describe themselves as "black" (because that is how they are seen and treated by society) and a proportion pass as white because they can and do so for an easier life.

Jenson Button celebrates victory in Brazil

Jenson Button triumphs in the rain on a day of high drama in Brazil

Season ends with gritty victory for McLaren driver after team-mate Hamilton crashes out

Thumbs up: Lewis Hamilton celebrates his pole position in Säo Paulo

Hamilton seizes pole as Alonso prays for miracle

Fernando Alonso finally got to quantify in qualifying yesterday the scale of the mountain he has to climb if he is to beat Sebastian Vettel to the World Championship when a gripping Formula One season ends in Brazil this afternoon. And it was of Everest proportions.

Tunnel vision: The backlash against Sebastian Vettel and his seemingly inevitable success is hard to understand

No charisma, got the best car, just lucky... Vettel splits the field

As the German heads for his third straight title, opinion is divided on where he rates among the greats

Lewis Hamilton on pole for Brazilian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton gave McLaren their first pole position in Brazil for 12 years ahead of his final grand prix for the Woking-based team.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the United States Formula One Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton believes he can now leave McLaren after 'ultimate high' of US Grand Prix victory

Hamilton is joining Mercedes on a £45million, three-year contract

The Sports Matrix: Monday 19 November 2012

McClean received death threats over poppy, says O'Neill

Sebastian Vettel reasserts control amid Texan razzmatazz of US Grand Prix

Amid fanfare and hoopla that would have done credit to the recent US election, Formula One came back to the United States, at the grandly named Circuit of the Americas. After years of wandering in a wilderness, from which it made its exit at Indianapolis back in 2007, it has found the right home.

Kimi Raikkonen confident of more success at Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen is confident he will not be a one-win wonder at Lotus.

Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton 'regrets' decision to leave McLaren claims Martin Whitmarsh

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Lewis Hamilton has already experienced regrets over his move to Mercedes.

Kimi Raikkonen wins astonishing, incident-packed Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen scored his first Formula One victory for more than three years by taking the chequered flag at the end of an astonishing, incident-packed Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel set pace during practice for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton again appear poised to slug it out for pole position tomorrow ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates victory at the Indian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel title charge made 'too easy' concedes McLaren chief

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has conceded to making it all too easy of late for Sebastian Vettel as he closes in on his third consecutive Formula One world title.

Lewis Hamilton at the Indian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton hoping for final victory with McLaren before end of season

Lewis Hamilton has belief McLaren can still deliver him one final win before he brings the curtain down on his 14 years with the team.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates victory at the Indian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel insists Formula One title race is not over

A dominant Sebastian Vettel is refusing to believe he already has one hand on this year's Formula One world championship following a fourth consecutive victory.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee