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Schumacher insists he remains in 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.

Mercedes defend 'remarkable' Schumacher

Nick Fry, Mercedes GP's chief executive, was forced to back Michael Schumacher's underwhelming return to Formula One yesterday, choosing to highlight his "remarkable" impact on the team.

Hamilton sets the pace at his 'special place'

McLaren driver enjoys the feel of high-speed circuit as Schumacher finds his feet

Vettel is the pick of F1 pack, admits Schumacher

German tips compatriot to win this weekend after bad luck in season's first two races

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Fernando Alonso has a tough challenge ahead: taking the proudest F1 team of all back to their glorious highs. After a victorious debut, he tells David Tremayne about the pleasures and pressures of life with the Scuderia

McLaren pair fastest in Australian GP practice

McLaren pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button set the fastest times in today's rain-affected second practice session for Formula One's Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso and Schumacher defend F1 against critics

Formula One stars Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher say people who criticised the opening race of the season for being boring either don't understand the sport or need to start watching something else.

Rule changes reduce overtaking say F1 drivers

Fernando Alonso's victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix exposed potential problems with Formula One rule changes, which some drivers think could make the season more dull than exciting.

James Lawton: Lack of life in F1 fast lane incurs wrath of Schumacher

"Overtaking was impossible if nobody made a mistake. This track regime is unfortunate"

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Britons off the pace as Red Bull find their wings

Vettel snatches pole while Schumacher has little to smile about – but it could be all change at the finish line today

Vettel takes pole at Bahrain; Schumacher 7th

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull will start Formula One's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position, while Michael Schumacher's comeback with Mercedes will start from a disappointing seventh place.

Return of the ultimate competitor

After four wilderness years, Michael Schumacher is back. But is the seven-times world champion, now 41, writing his own tragedy of ambition in overdrive –or will his need for speed prove sceptics wrong?
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