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

Armed men made off with a shipment of diamonds as it was being loaded on to a plane of Helvetic Airlines at the Brussels airport

Police hunting £30m diamond plane heist gang arrest 31 people across Europe

Massive operation with suspects held in France, Switzerland  and Belgium

The Art of Speed, The Hospital Club, London 24 to 26 May

Posters of the Monaco Grand Prix: the poster boys of speed on the Riviera

The posters promoting the Monaco Grand Prix were always much more than disposable advertisements. The organisers of the Monaco race employed top-of-the-range, fashionable artists of the time, and every poster was a work of art designed to capture the glamour and pace of the race for the year it represented. Those vintage works of art are now being exhibited in The Art of Speed on the weekend of the Grand Prix itself.

The incident took place in the Zimbabwean city of Mutare

Soldier kidnapped and sexually abused for four days by gang of women before being stoned and dumped in remote mountain range

Incident said to have taken place in Mutare, close to the Zimbabwean border with Mozambique

Motoring review: Jaguar XF Sportbrake Portfolio 3.0 DS

No matter how big the load, Jaguar's new estate will tow it in style.

Danny spent 90 minutes in the car with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right

Man taken hostage after marathon blasts speaks of his terror

Boston car-jack victim tells how he escaped the Tsarnaev brothers after a 90-minute ordeal

Baltimore criminal gang ‘took advantage of’ female prison warders

Thirteen female warders from a Baltimore jail have been charged with drug trafficking, money laundering and racketeering, after they allegedly got into bed – literally – with members of a national criminal gang.

A bumpy road: Jenson Button knows he is going to face a tough fight if he is to get anywhere near winning the world championship this season

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

Latest team feud to erupt in the Formula One paddock this season

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.

Boston's day of bedlam: how the hunt unfolded

Timeline by Twitter

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, one of the Boston bombing suspects

'I don’t have a single American friend': Photo essay titled 'Will Box For Passport' reveals profile of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Photo essay reveals suspected bomber's aspirations to compete for America in the Olympics if he is naturalised

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

Police staff arrested following leaked details of Cumbria PCC’s expenses

Workers suspended in wake of revelation’s about watchdog’s travel arrangements and costs

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