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

Schumacher and Vettel seeking home help to lift the gloom

The pressure is on for Germany's old king and his heir-apparent but for different reasons, as David Tremayne reports

Schumacher can't be discounted says Hill

Damon Hill has insisted it would be foolish to write off old rival Michael Schumacher.

The Highlight Reel: What's wrong Wayne?

Freddie Shepherd, the former Newcastle owner who was one of the founders of the Triple S agency that represents Wayne Rooney, was spotted yesterday indulging the delights of Bloemfontein's waterfront with none other than Paul Stretford, Rooney's agent. Nobody within earshot could decipher if they were contemplating why their man has had such a poor World Cup.

Champions must be streetwise to cut through the great Monaco traffic jam

Monte Carlo's tight turns and this season's extra cars put the onus on driver ability

Alonso fastest in F1 practice sessions

Fernando Alonso was fastest in Monaco Grand Prix practice today, while Michael Schumacher's return to the famed street circuit after four years out saw the Mercedes driver finish fifth.

Schumacher blocks out the past but Monaco traffic jams refuse to go away

As the drivers brace themselves for problems when all 24 cars are running together in the first qualifying session here, Michael Schumacher, the man who caused the most infamous traffic jam in Monaco's history, preferred to look forward rather than back.

Schumacher earns Button's wrath

The old Michael Schumacher reappeared at the Spanish Grand Prix, right down to a bullish race performance and a dose of controversy. Jenson Button was less than impressed with the forthright manner in which the German veteran overtook him going into the first corner after their pit stops.

Red Bull back on top in Spain

Michael Schumacher shook off his comeback rust today after setting the third fastest time in Spanish Grand Prix practice behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

Schumacher unfazed by criticism

Michael Schumacher is adamant he remains "extremely motivated" despite the barrage of criticism he has so far faced on his return to Formula One.

Ailing Schumacher handed new car

Mercedes will switch Michael Schumacher's car for next week's Spanish Grand Prix to try and get the seven-times Formula One champion back up to speed, team principal Ross Brawn said yesterday.

Ecclestone backs under-fire Schumacher

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has come out in defence of under-fire Michael Schumacher following his woeful return to the sport.

Schumacher 'has lost his drive'

Michael Schumacher's performance in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix has prompted growing criticism of his much-trumpeted return to the arena he once so spectacularly dominated.

Schumacher left to endure embarrassing driving lesson

Michael Schumacher tried to remain philosophical after another embarrassing day on his return to Formula One, when he struggled with the conditions to finish 10th in Shanghai.

Schumacher: 'After three years away, it takes time'

Once he dominated, now Michael Schumacher is struggling. David Tremayne asks whether he regrets his return

Schumacher: I am still in the title race

Michael Schumacher has brushed off criticism of his performance since he came out of retirement, saying he is still in the Formula One title race.

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