News Michael Schumacher gives the thumbs up after qualifying first in Monaco

Sabine Kehm confirms that the former world champion has begun the process of being brought out of his coma but stresses it could take a long time

Fab four lap up a frenzy of anticipation

Heat rises as world champion quartet launch eagerly awaited season / No clear favourite after first practice

Q. Will Schuey keep pace with younger rivals?

A. As Lewis Hamilton pointed out with a degree of awe in his voice, Michael is fit. There are no longer neck problems, but just how fit remains to be seen.

Schumacher may benefit from ban on refuelling, says Coulthard

The banning of refuelling during races will ease Michael Schumacher's return to the sport, according to David Coulthard. Cars will be heavier and therefore not as quick, meaning Schumacher, whose fitness has been questioned, will have less physical strain to contend with.

Schumacher impresses during practice

Michael Schumacher's claim he is not in the running for victory on his comeback in Bahrain on Sunday appears to hold little water.

Everything you want to know for the new season

Can Alonso return Ferrari to the top? Who will crash the big boys' party? What will happen on the first corner in Bahrain? <b>David Tremayne</b> answers your questions

Formula One 2010: The best of British

The lights will go green next week and it promises to be an incredible season. Our two world champions &ndash; Button and Hamilton &ndash; need some luck but they cannot wait to lock wheels with Schumacher again

Formula One 2010: Team previews

With four world champions on the grid for the first time since 1999, the forthcoming Formula One season promises to be one of the most keenly contested in the sport's history.

Sport in brief: We won't win in Bahrain, says Schumacher

Formula One: Mercedes GP is unlikely to win Formula One's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, according to team driver Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher admits Mercedes are off the pace

Mercedes GP is unlikely to win Formula One's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, according to team driver Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher shines as old guard set standard

German and Massa thrive on first day of testing but De La Rosa sets fastest time

Schumacher impresses during F1 testing

Michael Schumacher today admitted feeling like a little kid on his return to Formula One.

Hamilton in the mood to reclaim crown

Lewis Hamilton looked uncharacteristically awkward on stage on Friday, as he and new team-mate Jenson Button pulled the wraps off McLaren's startling new car. While the current champion lapped up the limelight with an easy smile, his predecessor looked uncomfortable. But face to face, his own easygoing manner was unchanged as he spoke of the challenge of a returning Michael Schumacher and his old adversary Fernando Alonso, now at Ferrari.

Schumacher may extend F1 comeback

Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher may extend his Formula One comeback beyond the current three-year contract he has signed with Mercedes.

Schumacher puts foot down with his critics

Former champion furious over questioning of tactics used in pursuit of past titles

Schumacher back in Formula One limelight

Michael Schumacher sauntered back into the Formula One limelight in Mercedes overalls today to kick off his bid for a record eighth title at the ripe old age of 41.

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
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Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

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Which animals are nearly extinct?

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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
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Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London