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

Seb Vettel passes Mark Webber yesterday despite team orders not to do so
Lewis Hamilton inadvertantly pulls into the McLaren pit

F1: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton pits in the McLaren garage by accident

Lewis Hamilton holds off Nico Rosberg to claim first podium finish for Mercedes... thanks to team orders

Fernando Alonso's Malaysian Grand Prix lasted just one lap following a foolish decision made by the Spaniard and Ferrari

Malaysian Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso crashes out after just one lap

Fernando Alonso's Malaysian Grand Prix lasted just one lap following a foolish decision made by the Spaniard and Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso

Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying: Sebastien Vettel takes pole as Lewis Hamilton starts in fourth

Sebastian Vettel mastered the tricky conditions to make it back-to-back pole positions to start the new Formula One season.

Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest in both practice sessions yesterday

Malaysian Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso starts the mind games

Spaniard attempts to undermine Raikkonen as drivers' competitive streaks surface early

Kimi Raikkonen on his way to winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit

Kimi Raikkonen leads the way in Malaysia practice

Kimi Raikkonen posted his intent to start the new Formula One season with back-to-back wins after finishing quickest in practice ahead of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia

F1: Lewis Hamilton promises fireworks after Mercedes is brought up to speed

But former team-mate Jenson Button stuck in slow lane and expecting to suffer again in Sunday’s race

A view of the Malaysian Grand Prix circuit

F1: Malaysian Grand Prix preview

A look ahead to the second race of the season

Paul Di Resta

F1: Paul Di Resta intrigued by inevitable focus on 2014 season

Cars will change radically next year

Jenson Button pictured at the Australian Grand Prix

F1: Martin Whitmarsh hails 'exemplary' Jenson Button and Sergio Perez in face of dreadful start for McLaren

The British based team struggled in the opening Grand Prix of the season

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 19 March 2013

Ferdinand leaves Hodgson with new selection worry

Lewis Hamilton: Former world champion said Mercedes debut had surpassed expectations

Jenson Button 'mentally drained' by McLaren's poor performance

Meanwhile Lewis Hamilton delighted after first race for Mercedes

Jenson Button pictured at the Australian Grand Prix

F1: Jenson Button in damning assessment of McLaren's start to new season

The British team were way off the pace in Australia

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

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.

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