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Another leading newspaper in Schumacher's homeland asks 'how many guardian angels does Schumi need' following serious head trauma suffered when he hit his head on a rock while skiing

Violent confrontations broke out in Bahrain again last night as the country pressed ahead with preparations for the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend. Police used tear gas and stun grenades to clear protesters from the capital, Manama, and some members of the Force India team asked to leave the country. Meanwhile, drivers including Sebastian Vettel, centre, prepared for the race at the Sakhir circuit

Force India mechanics return home after team vehicle is petrol bombed

Two mechanics from the Force India Formula One racing team have asked to return home from Bahrain after a vehicle one of them was travelling in was nearly engulfed by a petrol bomb yesterday. Their decision to leave the troubled Gulf kingdom came as fresh violence broke out last night, with police using tear gas and stun grenades to clear demonstrations in the capital, Manama.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was cancelled last season

Bahrain Grand Prix 'can unite country'

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Paul di Resta has experienced plenty of 'highs and lows' this season while driving for Force India

Force India name Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg as 2012 drivers

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Hamilton plays it cool as heat of Hungary set to favour Red Bull

Despite a dominant victory in Germany on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton insists that he will let the pace of his McLaren do the talking rather than predict his chances of beating Sebastian Vettel to the world championship.

Hamilton happy to push pole-grabber Webber all the way

It's been a tough road for Lewis Hamilton recently, speed-trapped by criticism from sectors of the media and retired F1 drivers of varying skill and charisma.

Hamilton rules out making a run for pole as Webber excels

Red Bull's Mark Webber edged out Fernando Alonso and got his own back on world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel by going quickest in the second practice session yesterday for the German Grand Prix.

Vettel all fired up for home grand prix after sparks at Silverstone

Germany's defending champion Sebastian Vettel said he will be extra motivated for his home Formula One grand prix this weekend, but so will his seething Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari remaining calm despite victory

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is refusing to get carried away in the wake of his team's first victory for almost eight months.

Superleague driver Craig Dolby takes the long road toward Formula One dream

Sitting in one of the vast temporary grandstands overlooking Silverstone, a few days after Fernando Alonso's dramatic victory, the scene is very much one of 'after the Lord Mayors show'. There is not much noticeable activity happening anywhere on the old WW2 airfield.

McLaren must lift game or drivers will wander

British team need to cut out errors if they don't want title-hungry Hamilton and Button to consider options
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