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McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso has been pictured walking out of a Spanish hospital.
ALONSO SUFFERS CONCUSSION INPRE-SEASON TESTING CRASHFernando Alonso was lucky to escape serious injury after a crash on the final day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona on Sunday. Alonso was emerging from the high-speed Turn Three when his McLaren-Honda veered right and collided with the barrier in a side-impact.
Fernando Alonso faces further hospital tests after escaping serious injury in a freak crash on the final day of running at the pre-season test in Barcelona yesterday.
Fernando Alonso escaped serious injury after a freak crash on the final day of running at the pre-season test in Barcelona that left him in hospital overnight having suffered a concussion.
Fernando Alonso has been taken to hospital by helicopter after crashing in his McLaren during the final day of pre-season testing today.
Fernando Alonso has been taken to hospital by helicopter after crashing in his McLaren during the final day of pre-season testing today.
Fernando Alonso was taken to hospital by helicopter after crashing in his McLaren during the final day of pre-season testing today, but has escaped serious injury after suffering a concussion.
Fernando Alonso was taken to hospital by helicopter after crashing in his McLaren during the final day of pre-season testing today, but scans have shown he has no injuries.
On the day Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey criticised the “restrictive” nature of Formula One regulations, Ferrari unveiled their concept car of the future, which looks anything but restrictive.
Nissan took a dramatic last-gasp victory in the Bathurst 12 Hours after Katsumasa Chiyo passed two cars on the penultimate lap to take the spoils in the GT3 long-distance race.
The Force India deputy team principal, Bob Fernley, has accused Marussia of “a really poor show” in a bid to claim a place on the Formula One grid for this season.
The return this year of the collapsed Marussia Formula One team has been blocked by its rivals, according to the sport’s boss Bernie Ecclestone, who said the other teams would sooner take their share of the income than bend the rules for the stricken team.
VETTEL TOPS JEREZ TESTING AS RELIABLE ROSBERG SETS THE TONEIt feels like just yesterday Lewis Hamilton was celebrating his second Formula One World Championship, but the first test of the new season got underway on Sunday at Jerez in Spain. Despite all signs pointing to the fact that pre-season testing rarely reflects the events of the first race of the season, two names at the top of the timesheet come the end of the seassion certainly caused a stir – Sebastian Vettel, and Ferrari.
VETTEL TOPS JEREZ TESTING AS RELIABLE ROSBERG SETS THE TONEIt feels like just yesterday Lewis Hamilton was celebrating his second Formula One World Championship, but the first test of the new season got underway on Sunday at Jerez in Spain. Despite all signs pointing to the fact that pre-season testing rarely reflects the events of the first race of the season, two names at the top of the timesheet come the end of the seassion certainly caused a stir – Sebastian Vettel, and Ferrari.
Lewis Hamilton hopes to have several challengers, rather than just his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, when he defends his Formula One title this season.
New Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has put himself in the firing line by demanding two grand prix wins from the upcoming Formula One season from a car he has described as “really sexy”.
Lewis Hamilton is adamant there is “no stress” with regard to signing a new Formula One contract with Mercedes.
Five races of Formula 1’s 2015 calendar have had their start time brought forward in an effort to prevent racing in similar conditions to that of seen when Jules Bianchi suffered his serious accident at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.
With the new year comes the dawn of a new season of motorsport, so what better way to start as we mean to go on by bringing you a new weekly column rounding up the biggest news from the world of two and four wheels.
After what always feels like an incredibly long winter break for any Formula 1 fan it’s that time of year again when new car launches begin the long lead up to the start of the new season.
The Formula One season has been reduced to 20 races after the Korean Grand Prix was removed from the schedule for 2015.
Michael Schumacher still faces a long road to recovery as reports emerged on his 46th birthday that he is beginning to recognise his family.
Michael Schumacher still faces a long road to recovery as reports emerged on his 46th birthday that he is beginning to recognise his family.
Fernando Alonso would be top of the list for Mercedes if Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton fails to agree a new deal with the team beyond this year, according to motorsport director Toto Wolff.
Sports stars have taken to social media to welcome in 2015, with Jenson Button using the occasion to confirm his marriage to lingerie model Jessica Michibata.
The Caterham Formula One team has revealed it made a £75,000 profit on its controversial crowdfunding plan which allowed it to race at last month’s season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after collapsing into administration in October.
A German bank is suing Bernie Ecclestone and his family trust fund for €345 million (£270 million) over the sale of its stake in Formula One.
Bernie Ecclestone said Friday night that he is determined to force through cost cuts on Formula One teams after the failure of talks on Thursday.
Bernie Ecclestone, the  Formula One chief executive, will make a further attempt to cut the sport’s costs on Thursday.
Lewis Hamilton has lifted the lid on the pressures and controversies in his world title-winning season but claimed the best is yet to come.
Don’t let the famous brighter-than-white smile fool you: Daniel Ricciardo might be a cool dude out of the cockpit, but once he is strapped into his Red Bull he lives up to his self-confessed persona of a honey badger. In case you are not familiar with the South African mammal, it’s a fighter that doesn’t know fear or when to quit, and which will take on – and usually beat – anything that crosses its path.
Esteban Gutierrez has been named as Ferrari’s test and reserve driver for the 2015 Formula One campaign after being axed by Sauber.
His move to Switzerland sparked accusations he was a tax exile, but Lewis Hamilton has said he still pays “a lot” of tax in the UK.
Bernie Ecclestone believes one of his most trusted female aides could succeed him as Formula One supremo, almost a decade on from suggesting a woman’s place was in the kitchen rather than a race track.
Retaining Jenson Button alongside the returning Fernando Alonso gives McLaren one of the strongest driver line-ups for next year. Besides being just, it also makes  complete sense.
“By some order of magnitude the best driver line-up in Formula One,” cooed McLaren ceo Ron Dennis at this morning’s unveiling of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Now all he has to do is to produce a car worthy of it. Easier said than done.
Jenson Button has been handed an unlikely lifeline to remain in Formula One after McLaren confirmed he will partner the returning Fernando Alonso for the 2015 championship, meaning Kevin Magnussen has been dropped to reserve and test driver after just one year with the Woking-based team.
Jenson Button looks set to be given the chance to go out with a bang after reports suggest McLaren have elected to retain the 2009 world champion over their up-and-coming youngster Kevin Magnussen for the 2015 season.
McLaren will announce whether Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen will partner Fernando Alonso in 2015 at a media conference on Thursday.
McLaren will today announce their driver line-up for next season after calling a media conference at their technology centre in Woking.
McLaren will announce their 2015 driver line-up on Thursday after calling a media conference at their technology centre in Woking.
Formula One teams will this week decide who will become the new chairman of their sport, as the current incumbent is stepping down to battle a long-running illness.
The controversial double-points system introduced in Formula One for the past season has been abandoned after just one year, as the sport’s chief executive Bernie Ecclestone exclusively revealed in The Independent last month.
French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi did not slow sufficiently under warning flags before crashing at the Japanese Grand Prix, an International Automobile Federation (FIA) report found on Wednesday.
Jenson Button’s future is set to be decided at a McLaren board meeting on Thursday. Team executives will meet to select the driver line-up for 2015, with Button and team-mate Kevin Magnussen both waiting to discover whether or not they will be retained.
Former Formula One driver and fan favourite Mark Webber was lucky to escape serious injury after a horror crash during the season-ending FIA World Endurance Championship race in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Former Formula One driver and fan favourite Mark Webber was lucky to escape serious injury after a horror crash during the season-ending FIA World Endurance Championship race in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Former Formula One driver and fan favourite Mark Webber was lucky to escape serious injury after a horror crash during the season-ending FIA World Endurance Championship race in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
So Susie Wolff edges closer to her dream of racing in Formula One following Friday’s promotion from Williams’ development driver to their official test driver for next season. About time. Inevitably for athletes such as her the focus is less on the attributes she displays than the place of women in the sport she has chosen
Lewis Hamilton believes signing a new contract with Mercedes will be “a formality” after clinching his second Formula One world title.