Sport Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone would like to extend the ruling of double-points to the final three races

Fans, drivers and teams have expressed their concern at a 'lottery' final race where double-points would be on offer

The 'anteater' nose of the Toro Rosso SRT9, likened to a sex toy by lingerie makers Ann Summers

F1: 'Anteater' car noses may be unsafe, claims Red Bull chief designer Adrian Newey

The designs have been labelled ugly - but were introduced to improve safety

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

The 2014 Mercedes W05sup

F1 2014 car launch - The era of the 'anteaters'

The 2014 Formula 1 season is underway as testing begins at the Jerez track in Spain, where a number of teams have rolled out their contenders for the year ahead for the very first time

John Button celebrates with his son Jenson after he claimed the 2009 Formula 1 drivers' world championship

F1: Jenson Button welcomes return of Ron Dennis at McLaren

The British driver was talking at the launch of McLaren's new car

Google has Street Viewed the Top Gear test track

Track can now be viewed like any road

Felipe Massa paid tribute to his former team-mate Michael Schumacher during his annual charity karting race in Brazil by wearing 'Schumi' across his visor

Michael Schumacher: Former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa sends support and reveals he is 'praying every day' for his recovery

Massa wore a helmet with 'Schumi' written across the visor in tribute to his friend and former team-mate as he continues to be treated for severe brain injuries sustained in a skiing accident

Ross Brawn could return to Formula One should the team principal role become available at McLaren

F1: Ross Brawn linked with McLaren move after Ron Dennis return puts Martin Whitmarsh future in serious doubt

Dennis returned to his role as group chief executive officer and it is understood that Whitmarsh will not be team principal come the season-opening race in Australia

Pope Francis being presented with a Harley Davidson motorcycle in the Vatican last year.

Pope Francis' Harley Davidson motorbike to go on sale in Paris next month

The Pope was given the 1,585cc motorcycle last year, but donated it to a Roman Catholic charity

Lucky to survive: Constant updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition over-rode most other news

Michael Schumacher: Prosecutors to hold press briefing on Wednesday to reveal findings into skiing accident so far

The seven-time Formula one world champion is fighting for his life after suffering serious head injuries, with a helmet camera he was wearing hoping to reveal more information about the accident

Pirelli celebrates 50 years of its calendar girls with release of lost edition shot by Helmut Newton in 1986

As a previously unpublished edition shot by Helmut Newton for 1986 is released, we reflect on the publication's glamorous history

Alain Cassagnol charged with speeding and possession of marijuana

Unwise man found with frankincense, myrrh, and marijuana

A not-so-wise man was arrested early on the 23rd December in South Carolina, US, after he was caught speeding with frankincense, myrrh, and marijuana.

Nico Rosberg

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

The Mercedes driver tweets following incident during Pirelli tyre test

Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of his Mercedes during qualifying in Brazil

F1: Mercedes confirm addition of two 'key engineering appointments' after signing Mark Ellis and Giles Wood from rivals Red Bull

The pair have been signed in an effort to improve the team's simulation and vehicle dynamics departments

Metropolitan Police rule out SAS role in Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed deaths

Scotland Yard began a so-called 'scoping' exercise to assess the credibility of allegations that the couple were murdered by a member of British special forces

Khloe Kardashian files for divorce from Lamar Odom

Reality television star cited irreconcilable differences in court documents

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