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Formula One returns to America this weekend after a five-year break – and it's more desperate than ever to woo a reluctant audience.

Sir Terry Leahy adds selling tyres to portfolio

The former chief executive of Tesco Sir Terry Leahy has added another job to his rapidly growing portfolio of interests in life since leaving the grocer: selling car tyres.

Richard Rae: Arrogant, ignorant and incompetent: Todt should resign

The FIA's decision to reinstate the Bahrain race can only have been based on more than wilful stupidity - a hugely depressing thought

Bright new future beckons for the tyre

Drivers will soon be able to make a much more informed choice when buying tyres – and the product should be bettertoo. By David Wilkins

Yes, we can drive sustainably

Postponed from last year, Challenge Bibendum aptly motored into Rio de Janeiro

Cheltenham Diary: Tindall hopes tackling the French is easier than this

Perhaps this wasn't the best time to approach Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips. It was just after the first race and the England rugby centre had just seen Richard Johnson, his partner's former beau, winning on Copper Bleu – beating his horse in the process.

Ford Focus ECOnetic 1.6 TDCi with Auto-Stop-Start

Volkswagen has BlueMotion, Skoda has Greenline and BMW has EfficientDynamics. These days most of the big manufacturers are promoting an eco sub-brand that they apply either to specific economy-oriented versions of their cars or a programme of fuel-saving tweaks which they apply more generally across their model ranges.

The Insider: Get a grip of the basics for maximum performance

There's a daunting number of tyres on the market. Before you start looking, you'll need some basic information about the right type for your car. You can only fit the size and specification of tyre recommended by the manufacturer for the wheels on the model you drive.

Buyology, By Martin Lindstrom

"One of the world's most respected marketing gurus" explains "how everything we believe about what we buy is wrong." The pitch for this US bestseller is tempting, but Lindstrom's insights are dire in style and unremarkable: "Subliminal messages are out there – don't fall prey."

Bibendum retains the quality, discretion and eye-watering prices it had when it opened in 1987

Bibendum, Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3, tel: 020 7581 5817

French find German's role hard to swallow

The world of Teutonic gastronomy is in shock following the surprise announcement by the board of Guide Michelin France that a 38-year-old German woman has been chosen to run the male-dominated culinary bible for the first time in its 108-year history.

France's silent protest at student killings

Last night, in the heart of France, 600 students and well-wishers demonstrated against murder, the savage and senseless slaughter of two of their own in a small flat in New Cross, south-east London.

Montoya gambles on rain break

McLarens set trend by opting for speed despite weather forecast

Red Bull lose bottle amid Spa water

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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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Pot of gold

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While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
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Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

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