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F1 drivers from around the world have wished Michael Schumacher a full recovery as he lies in a coma after a skiing accident in France.

Allan McNish has announced his retirement from motor racing

Ex-Formula One driver Allan McNish hangs up his helmet after announcing his retirement from racing

McNish secured the World Endurance Championship with co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval and has decided that the time is right to call time on his illustrious career

Sergio Perez will join Force India for 2014 after leaving McLaren

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Perez will partner Nico Hulkenberg for next season in an all-new driver line-up

Sebastian Vettel finished top of the practice timesheets for the Indian Grand Prix

Indyplus F1: Lotus mock rule changes with 18 proposals of their own

The FIA announced earlier this week that double points will be awarded in the final Grand Prix of the season, a move that world champion Sebastian Vettel has labelled 'absurd'

Sebastian Vettel finished top of the practice timesheets for the Indian Grand Prix

F1: Lotus mock rule changes with 18 proposals of their own, including 'Any drivers named Sebastian Vettel will complete their own pit stops without assistance from their mechanics'

The FIA announced earlier this week that double points will be awarded in the final Grand Prix of the season, a move that world champion Sebastian Vettel has labelled 'absurd'

The FIA hopes the changes will increase the competition faced by the champion Sebastian Vettel

F1: FIA unveils rule changes to try to win back fans - including a double-point final race

The FIA hopes the changes will increase the competition faced by the champion Sebastian Vettel  

Ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica was award the inaugural FIA 'Personality of the Year award

Ex-Formula One driver Robert Kubica awarded inaugural FIA 'Personality of the Year' after comeback from near-fatal crash

Kubica triumphed in the second-tier WRC2 championship at the first attempt and could move to the main series for next season

No longer manager and client but still father and son – Anthony Hamilton (right) and Lewis in the pit lane

Father of Lewis Hamilton hits out at Paul Di Resta over accusations of incompetence

Anthony Hamilton is the Scottish racer's former manager

Race of Champions falls victim to Bangkok unrest

Organisers of the Race of Champions have been forced to postpone this year's event due to the current political unrest in Thailand.

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Nico Hulkenberg had been team principal Eric Boullier's first choice

Lautner in Paris in 2002 in front of a poster of his best-known film

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The subversive humour and razor-sharp dialogue of the crime comedies Georges Lautner directed in the 1960s was often lost in translation, but in his native France they enjoyed a popularity comparable to the Ealing comedies in Britain. Des Pissenlits Par La Racine (Salad By The Roots, 1964), Les Barbouzes (The Great Spy Chase, 1964) and Les Bons Vivants (co-directed with Gilles Graingier, 1965) featured a revolving cast of character actors beloved of French audiences – Bernard Blier, Francis Blanche, Robert Dalban, Jean Lefebvre, Lino Ventura – and became a staple of television schedules.

Red Bull mechanic hoist Mark Webber up on their shoulders after his final Formula One race in Brazil

F1: Mark Webber cherishes 'touching' last hurrah after podium finish signals the end of his Formula One career

Webber was presented with a Brazilian flag signed by all 21 of the other drivers on the grid by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone following his final race for Red Bull

Mark Webber came second in his final grand prix then drove a warm-down lap without his helmet

F1: Sebastian Vettel eases to ninth straight win as Mark Webber bids a hearty goodbye at the Brazilian Grand Prix

German equals Ascari’s record then lets departing team-mate take the honours on the podium in Brazil

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