The Independent

Toro Rosso prodigy Max Verstappen will become the youngest ever driver to participate at a grand prix weekend when he gets behind the wheel in Friday’s first practice in Japan.
Valentino Rossi has checked himself out of hospital in defiance of doctor’s advice to continue his recovery from concussion in his own motorhome.
Lewis Hamilton is adamant his situation and mindset have not changed now he is again leading the Formula One World Championship.
The Brabham name could be returning to Formula One for the first time since 1992. Former grand prix driver David Brabham, youngest son of the late three-time world champion Sir Jack Brabham (above, pictured in 1969), has announced an innovative plan to see the iconic team make a return to the grid.
The Brabham name could be returning to Formula One for the first time since 1992. Former grand prix driver David Brabham, youngest son of the late three-time world champion Sir Jack Brabham (above, pictured in 1969), has announced an innovative plan to see the iconic team make a return to the grid.
It was an emotional Lewis Hamilton that departed Singapore with his family in tow after a victory that rekindled memories of “special things” and the sacrifices made to get him to Formula One.
McLaren’s team principal, Eric Boullier, has accused Red Bull of using coded radio messages to help Daniel Ricciardo secure third place in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were both in agreement for once this season that the destiny of the Formula One world championship cannot be decided on reliability grounds.
After all his problems this season, Lewis Hamilton desperately wanted a clean weekend and for once he got it and more, dramatically regaining the lead of the drivers’ world championship for the first time since May after  winning the Singapore Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton chalked up win number 29 of his Formula One career to finally regain the lead of this year’s world title fight after Nico Rosberg suffered only his second retirement of the season.
Formula One leader Nico Rosberg suffered a major blow to his chances of a first championship when he retired from Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix with electronics problems after only 14 disappointing laps.
Lewis Hamilton pipped title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by just seven thousandths of a second after a nail-biting qualifying session for the Singapore Grand Prix.
Radio communications between drivers and engineers might have been restricted this weekend but there was still enough left to reveal the depth of Nico Rosberg’s disappointment at losing out to Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton heads into Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix wondering if he has found a chink in title rival Nico Rosberg’s armour.
Every man is entitled to a lucky charm, and few would argue that Eddie Jordan is not lucky. He banked millions from the timely sale of his eponymous Formula One team, sails around the world contesting sundry regattas, has homes in Monaco and Wentworth, plays golf off a handicap of 12 and, jammiest of all, is part of the European Ryder Cup inner sanctum, an unseen hand operating in support of his old friend, the captain Paul McGinley.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting has acknowledged coded radio messages will be difficult to police throughout future grands prix.
Formula One has backtracked on a planned clampdown on radio and pitboard messages for reasons of fairness, but remain determined to end driver “coaching” during races.
Fernando Alonso led the way in practice for the first time since the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of this weekend’s night race in Singapore.
Pastor Maldonado ended Mercedes’ run of seven consecutive one-two finishes at the conclusion of practice on the Friday of a race weekend – although not with a time to trouble the all-conquering team.
Formula One has significantly altered its proposed ban on pit-car radio transmissions after teams raised concerns, with information on car performance allowed for the rest of the season.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both put on brave faces on Thursday, saying they believe they will not be disadvantaged by the FIA’s ban on performance-aiding radio communications between drivers and their engineers which comes into effect for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg has been backed to rebound from appearing to crack under the pressure of his Formula One title fight with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
The FIA has issued clarification with regard to the use of radio messages throughout future grands prix.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has described Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as “almost like…enemies” in their head-to-head battle for this year’s Formula One world title.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has described Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as “almost like…enemies” in their head-to-head battle for this year’s Formula One world title.
What does the FIA’s new ruling mean for F1?The ban on all radio transmissions that pass on messages to aid driving the car means that drivers will now have a lot more responsibility when it comes to looking after their tyres and fuel usage. Throughout the 2014 season so far, the airwaves have been dominated by chief engineers instructing drivers how to drive the car and where they can make up time in both races and qualifying, as well as the drivers themselves asking for advice as they struggle to get to grips with the new specification cars.
The FIA has responded to calls to clampdown on the level of assistance drivers receive from the pit wall by announcing a ban on all radio transmission that appear to help the driver with matters on the track.
Ferrari made a clear statement of fresh intent on Wednesday when they announced that the chairman, Luca Di Montezemolo, will finally step down from his role with the team and the car company.
Ferrari chairman Luca Di Montezemolo will step down next month and Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne is set to take on the role.
Mercedes yesterday poked fun at suggestions they had rigged Lewis Hamilton’s victory over team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg in Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Sir Jackie Stewart has had his say on the growing belief that Nico Rosberg deliberately went off to allow Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the Italian Grand Prix and make up for his costly error in Spa that forced the Briton to retire from the race.
Sir Jackie Stewart has had his say on the growing belief that Nico Rosberg deliberately went off to allow Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win the Italian Grand Prix and make up for his costly error in Spa that forced the Briton to retire from the race.
Nico Rosberg and Toto Wolff have laughed off conspiracy theories suggesting Lewis Hamilton’s Italian Grand Prix triumph was fixed.
You have to have a paranoid mind to imagine Nico Rosberg was nobbled from within at Monza, says Mercedes chief Toto Wolff. Eh?
You have to have a paranoid mind to imagine Nico Rosberg was nobbled from within at Monza, says Mercedes chief Toto Wolff. Eh?
Lewis Hamilton put all his cares behind him with the hardest-won of his six victories this season when he staged a dramatic recovery in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. Hamilton systematically dismantled team-mate Nico Rosberg and avenged himself in the best possible way after their acrimonious collision in Belgium.
Lewis Hamilton secured victory in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg showed another sign of cracking under the strain of this year’s Formula One world title fight.
Lewis Hamilton will attempt to recover from his DNF at Spa from pole position after he went half a second faster than his nearest rival Nico Rosberg to clinch pole for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Lewis Hamilton finally put one over his Mercedes nemesis Nico Rosberg on Saturday, claiming his first pole for seven races and four months of persistent frustration. With the German second on the grid, you will be able to cut the tension in the Mercedes pit with a blunt knife come the start of today’s Italian Grand Prix, when the pair head off the grid down to the silly first-corner chicane wheel-to-wheel at 200 mph – trying not to collide.
Lewis Hamilton conjured an impressive qualifying lap to claim his first pole position for eight races ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.
McLaren Group chairman Ron Dennis has promised he will announce his 2015 driver line-up before the end of the season.
Lewis Hamilton has vowed to continue taking risks in his bid to beat Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg to this year’s Formula One world title.
Tony Fernandes, the colourful owner of Queen’s Park Rangers, Caterham Cars and AirAsia, does not regret his five-year adventure in Formula One’s “piranha club”.
Tony Fernandes, the colourful owner of Queen’s Park Rangers, Caterham Cars and AirAsia, does not regret his five-year adventure in Formula One’s “piranha club”.
Just in case Toto Wolff did not make the point strongly enough to his warring drivers at an intra-team showdown meeting in Brackley this time last week, the Mercedes executive director has reiterated here at the Italian Grand Prix that if their simmering rivalry cannot be controlled he would have to consider changing the line-up in the future.
Normal service was resumed as feuding Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished one-two come the culmination of practice on Friday for the Italian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton blitzed first practice ahead of the Italian Grand Prix as he set his sights on again reeling in Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the battle for the Formula One world title.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has warned Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg that their futures at the team could be at risk if they cannot race against each other in the right manner.
The McLaren Formula One team may not have had much success on the track lately, but its finances have rarely been better.
The fall-out from the Belgian Grand Prix continued today when Lewis Hamilton queried the stewards’ decision not to penalise Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for colliding with the Briton, a view echoed by Williams’ Felipe Massa, who accused the German of “destroying” Hamilton’s race.