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

Sir Alex Ferguson joins in the celebrations

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson remains the wealthiest manager in Britain

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F1: Gloves are now off in McLaren battle with Sergio Perez, says Jenson Button

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The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 23 April 2013

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McLaren to let drivers duel

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has admitted he ignored pressure from his team to halt Formula One's latest team-mate bust-up.

Sebastian Vettel enjoyed one of his more comfortable days in the sunshine as the reigning world champion cruised to the 28th win of his remarkable career

Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel reigns as civil war strikes McLaren

While anti-government protesters battled with police outside the circuit and blocked roads into the Bahraini capital Manama, on the track inside Sebastian Vettel utterly dominated the Bahrain Grand Prix. Indeed, such is the supremacy of the Red Bull driver, who won by nearly 10 seconds from Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean, that interest centred on the good, old-fashioned racing that went on in the leaders' wake.

Paul di Resta is confident that his most recent was also his ‘strongest grand prix’

Di Resta warms to idea of contesting a podium spot

Scot is happy to settle for fourth place after leading, while Hamilton is glad of fifth

Nico Rosberg takes pole at Bahrain Grand Prix as penalty over gear box change leaves Lewis Hamilton starting ninth

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix today, finishing ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari for the race that is being held amid widespread anti-government protests in the divided nation.

A riot policeman jumps a fence to extinguish a tire fire set by Bahraini anti-government protesters in Sehla

Bahrain’s F1 protest? It’s just like the Old Firm derby, says Jackie Stewart

Three-time Formula One champion Sir Jackie Stewart has come out in support of Bahrain’s ruling regime, claiming it has “started a move towards democracy” ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix in the troubled Gulf nation.

Kimi Raikkonen during practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen fastest after Ferrari impress in early practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix

Lotus driver ahead of Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel in second practice

Smiles ahead: Lewis Hamilton is delighted after taking pole for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton riding high with Mercedes

The former McLaren driver's switch of teams is looking a good decision

Fernando Alonso celebrates victory at the Chinese Grand Prix

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso wins Chinese Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso took the chequered flag for the first time in 13 races to ignite his Formula One world title challenge this season.

Britain accelerates in race to win Chinese billions

As F1 drivers take to the Shanghai circuit, UK trade ambassadors will woo the country's businesses. By Russell Lynch

Lewis Hamilton wins pole position for Mercedes in Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai

Lewis Hamilton lit up the Mercedes garage by grabbing his first pole position for the team since joining them at the start of the year.

Felipe Massa in China

F1: Felipe Massa delivers 'incredible' pace during practice for Chinese Grand Prix

Ferrari driver out paces team-mate Fernando Alonso

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