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

Lewis Hamilton suffered a front wing failure on the first day of testing in Jerez that caused him to plow into the tyre barrier

F1: Lewis Hamilton crashes on first day of Jerez testing after his Mercedes suffers a front wing failure

Hamilton escapes unhurt after his W05sup hits the tyre barrier in a replication of his first day accident last year

Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso pose together

Michael Schumacher: Fernando Alonso hopes to pay tribute to his former rival by emulating Ferrari championship success

Alonso is heading into his fifth year with Ferrari, and hopes that success in 2014 will mirror Schumacher's first title for the Italian's in his fifth attempt back in 2000

Button, left, with Jenson in Brazil after his son had won the 2009 F1 world title

John Button: Father of Jenson, the former Formula 1 world champion, who became a much-loved figure in motor racing

He was famous for his Rocket karting engines, which helped youngsters like Lewis Hamilton

Alex Gurney secured pole position at the Daytone 24 Hours

Daytona 24 Hours: Alex Gurney takes surprise pole and hopes to emulate his father Dan's success 52 years on

Gurney beat Britain's Richard Westbrook to take the early bragging rights for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing

Felipe Massa paid tribute to his former team-mate Michael Schumacher during his annual charity karting race in Brazil by wearing 'Schumi' across his visor

Michael Schumacher: Former Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa sends support and reveals he is 'praying every day' for his recovery

Massa wore a helmet with 'Schumi' written across the visor in tribute to his friend and former team-mate as he continues to be treated for severe brain injuries sustained in a skiing accident

Kamui Kobayashi will return to Formula 1 with Caterham after a year out of the sport with the Ferrari sportscar programme

F1: Kamui Kobayashi returns to Formula One with Caterham - and will drive for free

Kobayashi returns to the paddock after a year out of the sport with last year's partnership of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde axed

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City beat Rovers in replay to close in on century of goals

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 14 January 2014

Gunners survive late scare to top the table again

Eddie Irvine: F1 driver sentenced to six months in prison over Milan bar fight

Irvine is sentenced to six months behind bars in an Italian court

The News Matrix: Thursday 9 January 2014

Traffic stops for EU presidency switch

Doctor in the house: Gerard Saillant and Corinna Schumacher in Grenoble

Michael Schumacher: Will helmet cam reveal truth about ski fall?

A camera that Michael Schumacher was wearing on his helmet when he was seriously injured in a skiing accident has been handed to French authorities in the hope it will throw some light on what happened.

Investigators are examining the helmet camera Michael Schumacher was wearing at the time of the skiing accident in an attempt to find out what caused him to fall

Michael Schumacher: Claims that he is 'out of danger' dismissed by management of seven-time F1 champion as they confirm he remains 'critical but stable'

Fellow former F1 driver Philippe Streiff told reporters outside Grenoble Hospital that Schumacher's 'life is not in danger anymore', but his agent has dismissed the claim as 'pure speculation'

Michael Schumacher’s fans were determined not to let his 45th birthday pass by unmarked, and left scores of tributes.

Michael Schumacher latest: Fans hold silent vigil outside F1 champion’s hospital for his 45th birthday

As the former Formula 1 champion fights for his life in a medically induced coma, well-wishers staged a vigil outside his Grenoble hospital

Michael Schumacher at the drivers parade before the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace last year

Michael Schumacher skiing accident down to ‘extreme bad luck’ rather than speed, his manager says

Sabine Kehm told reporters this morning the former racing driver had remained ‘stable’ overnight with no changes to his condition

MICHAEL Schumacher’s skiing helmet was split in two in the accident which left him with life-threatening head injuries on Sunday, it emerged today

Michael Schumacher’s helmet 'split in two' in skiing accident that left him in a coma

'He could die. He could have serious lasting effects such as paralysis or loss of understanding or he could recover completely,' Professor Denis Safran said ahead of today’s critical update

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