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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

The Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled last season

Michael Schumacher backs controversial staging of Bahrain Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher is convinced the Bahrain Grand Prix organisers will pull out all the stops to ensure no harm befalls the Formula One fraternity next month.

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull takes on a turn during practice at the Albert Park circuit yesterday

Hard to find clues after a damp day in Melbourne

It was, Ferrari summarised perfectly, the day on which the 2012 Formula One season got under way in "indecipherable fashion". The start had been eagerly awaited after three weeks of inconclusive testing, with six world champions ready to do battle and a raft of new cars built to revised regulations. But as proceedings were twice affected by heavy rain, few emerged any the wiser about the true pecking order.

Michael Schumacher unveils the new Mercedes

Schumacher off Vettel pace

Michael Schumacher tried out this year's Mercedes for the first time yesterday, setting the sixth-fastest time in Formula One testing, well behind leader Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

Michael Schumacher unveils the new Mercedes

Michael Schumacher 'filled with hope and anticipation' as Mercedes unveil new F1 car

Michael Schumacher looked forward to being a contender again as his Mercedes team belatedly pulled the wraps off their shiny new Formula One car before testing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya today.

Mark Webber tops time sheets in Spa practice

Mark Webber took the honours in another rain-hit practice session ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel plays down Michael Schumacher comparisons in Germany

Sebastian Vettel believes no-one will ever emulate the feats of Michael Schumacher - not even himself.

Ross Brawn denies Michael Schumacher close to quitting

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn believes Michael Schumacher has no intention of throwing in the towel just yet.

Michael Schumacher will quit predicts Johnny Herbert

Michael Schumacher is likely to retire for good at the end of this season after failing to beat a talented new generation of drivers since his return to Formula One, according to former team mate Johnny Herbert.

Michael Schumacher reveals 'joy has gone' from racing

Michael Schumacher has revealed for the first time since returning to Formula One that he is no longer enjoying racing.

Vettel on pole position in China

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel put in another dominant qualifying performance to claim pole position today for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix.

New rules, cars and drivers... but familiar rivalries set to dominate

Can Red Bull win again? Will Schumacher beat Rosberg? What odds for McLaren? David Tremayne predicts how the season will unfold

Michael Schumacher sets pace during Formula One testing

A raft of new updates overnight propelled Michael Schumacher to the quickest lap in Formula One testing at Barcelona this pre-season.

Michael Schumacher says Red Bull are in pole position

Michael Schumacher has written off his chances of starting the new Formula One season with a victory.

Tepid display spoils Dalglish's European debut with Liverpool

Sparta Prague 0 Liverpool 0

Schumacher fastest in second Jerez test

Michael Schumacher fired a statement of intent on the second day of the pre-season Formula One test in Jerez, posting the fastest time at the wheel of his new Mercedes.

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