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

Danny Boyle, film-maker

Page 3 Profile: Danny Boyle, film-maker

The director?

Sergio Perez struggled for his new team McLaren yesterday

Red Bull bubbling as new Formula One season dawns

Vettel again looking the one to beat ahead of tomorrow’s season opener while McLaren at a loss to explain their struggles with car

Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One Supremo

Page 3 Profile: Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One Supremo

Any radical changes to Formula One this year?

Lewis Hamilton says he is “massively excited” by his Mercedes’ performance in Melbourne

Lewis Hamilton delighted with Mercedes' pace before gravel trap crash

Lewis Hamilton says he is “massively excited” by his Mercedes’ performance in Melbourne – although he also admitted the feeling was spoiled when he ended the second session in the gravel after a part broke on his car.

F1: Martin Whitmarsh admits McLaren are 'undoubtedly struggling'

McLaren slow during practice for the Australian Grand Prix

F1: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull make ominous start to new season

The triple world champion was fastest during practice in Melbourne

An overhead shot of Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes

F1: Lewis Hamilton 'massively excited' after Mercedes out-pace McLaren in Australia

The first Grand Prix of the season takes place this Sunday

McLaren driver Jenson Button
Lewis Hamilton

F1: Jenson Button surprised by Lewis Hamilton comments regarding McLaren

The first Grand Prix of the season takes place this weekend

Lewis Hamilton could never be his own man at at McLaren

Lewis Hamilton says he is 'really, really wanted' at Mercedes

Former McLaren driver getting ready for first race of the season

Lewis Hamilton could never be his own man at at McLaren

Kevin Garside: This is the year we'll all find out just how good Lewis Hamilton is

Whatever its genesis, the move is just what Hamilton needed

Mark Webber in action for Red Bull in Barcelona

Flying start for Red Bull driver Mark Webber in final pre-season testing

Lewis Hamilton edged out in Barcelona

Mark Webber in action for Red Bull in Barcelona

Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber quickest in pre-season F1 testing

The final pre-season session before the start of the season is taking place

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton cools talk of championship challenge

Lewis Hamilton has dismissed claims from long-time rivals Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso he will be in the hunt for this season's Formula One world title.

Sergio Perez of McLaren

Sergio Perez impresses behind the wheel of McLaren during testing

Second pre-season testing session taking place in Barcelona

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