The Independent

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix.
In Bahrain their duel for victory had spectators the world over on the edge of their seats as they fought wheel to wheel, millimetres apart.
McLaren boss Ron Dennis is planning High Court action against rivals Red Bull over a member of their technical staff who recently moved back to the Austrian team.
Jenson Button is praying the sun shines over Shanghai on Sunday if he is to salvage something from his Chinese Grand Prix weekend.
A cautious Fernando Alonso has warned Ferrari fans not to expect him to be fighting for a top-three finish in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton continued Mercedes’ dominant start to the season by capturing pole position at the rainy Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday; his third pole in four races this season.
Lewis Hamilton cemented his place in British Formula One history by claiming the 34th pole position of his Formula One career ahead of Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff hailed Lewis Hamilton as “mega” and “in a league of his own” on the day he made British Formula One history.
His insistence on wearing sunglasses despite the overcast, smoggy skies and low temperatures, which characterised the Shanghai International Circuit yesterday, immediately earned the new Ferrari team principal, Marco Mattiacci, the nickname “Hollywood”, after his colourful Nineties predecessor Cesare Fiorio.
Formula One faces May Day crunch talks in a bid to avert potential civil war and the demise of a number of the smaller teams.
Jenson Button believes the current Formula One field is the strongest he has experienced throughout his 15 years in the sport.
Lewis Hamilton may have grumbled about his Mercedes in practice for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, but he still managed to again outpace his rivals.
Hard on the heels of the brilliant Bahrain Grand Prix, in which Lewis Hamilton’s narrow victory over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg undermined criticism that the new hybrid turbo cars make the racing boring, Formula One is facing fresh controversy after the FIA president, Jean Todt, announced last week that he has given up plans for a cost cap in 2015 because the six biggest teams do not want one.
Nico Rosberg has confirmed holding clear-the-air talks with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to ensure they know where to draw future battle lines.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff believes the right ingredients put together over the last few years have finally turned the team into title contenders this season.
When Sebastian Vettel posted his first and fastest lap of the 2014 season-opening Australian Grand Prix, it was clear all was not well. 17 seconds off the eventual fastest lap of the race, Vettel’s Red Bull was clearly failing.
Red Bull have lost their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from last month’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Red Bull have lost their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from last month’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
The news that Stefano Domenicali has stepped down as Ferrari team principal is less of a surprise than the timing of what is said to have been his decision. The Scuderia have had a tough start to the season and could manage no better than ninth and 10th places in the recent Bahrain Grand Prix, which was attended by the team president, Luca di Montezemolo, but Domenicali had been expected to see out the year at the very least.
Stefano Domenicali has resigned as Ferrari team principal and been replaced by Marco Mattiacci, the Formula One team said in a statement this morning.
Michael Schumacher is said to be “showing small signs of progress” in his recovery from a serious brain trauma as the seven-time Formula 1 world champion continues to be treated for injuries sustained in a skiing accident last December.
Michael Schumacher is said to be “showing small signs of progress” in his recovery from a serious brain trauma as the seven-time Formula 1 world champion continues to be treated for injuries sustained in a skiing accident last December.
Team principal Christian Horner believes Red Bull have “a very strong case” as they seek to overturn the FIA’s disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo from the season-opening grand prix in Australia.
Michael Schumacher’s family are notably relieved and feeling “great happiness” after the ex-F1 star showed considerable signs of improvement on a recent hospital visit, says ex-driver Jean Alesi.
Michael Schumacher’s family are notably relieved and feeling “great happiness” after the ex-F1 star showed considerable signs of improvement on a recent hospital visit, says his former track rival Jean Alesi.
Fernando Alonso has called on Ferrari to work “day and night” in an attempt to fire the ailing marque back to the front of the grid.
While many fans might be wondering why Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo so harshly criticised the new Formula One over the weekend and demanded changes to spice things up, McLaren’s executive chairman, Ron Dennis, sprang to its defence after the most exciting race of the new era, in which Lewis Hamilton narrowly beat his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Bahrain.
While many fans might be wondering why Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo so harshly criticised the new Formula One over the weekend and demanded changes to spice things up, McLaren’s executive chairman, Ron Dennis, sprang to its defence after the most exciting race of the new era, in which Lewis Hamilton narrowly beat his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Bahrain.
Mercedes executive technical director Paddy Lowe claims the team owed it to Formula One to allow Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to engage in a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton knows he has to improve despite conjuring a victory to savour at the end of one of the sport’s greatest grands prix.
Thank the Lord that so many of Formula One’s detractors were present in Bahrain, where the 900th grand prix since the world championship was inaugurated turned out to be a humdinger that was easily the best held so far under the new regulations.
Lewis Hamilton survived a pulsating battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to clinch back-to-back victories for the first time in four years.
Bernie Ecclestone believes the current state of Formula One is “unacceptable” to the sport’s fans and has vowed to make changes.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed there are likely to be two new teams on the grid from next season.
As an antidote to the negative taint on much of the recent news about Formula One, the revelation that Michael Schumacher is showing the first genuine signs of positive progress swept like a breath of fresh air through the paddock in Sakhir yesterday, as championship leader Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position by three-tenths for today’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
As an antidote to the negative taint on much of the recent news about Formula One, the revelation that Michael Schumacher is showing the first genuine signs of positive progress swept like a breath of fresh air through the paddock in Sakhir yesterday, as championship leader Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position by three-tenths for today’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg denied Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton a hat-trick of successive pole positions to clinch top spot on the grid for Sunday’s night-time Bahrain Grand Prix.
Formula One’s top stars expressed hope Michael Schumacher is now on the road to recovery in light of the latest positive report.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued Mercedes’ domination of Formula One with the fastest times in both practice sessions here, as the Bahrain Grand Prix prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary tomorrow by racing under floodlights for the first time.
Lewis Hamilton dazzled under Bahrain’s newly-installed floodlights to offer up the prospect of him claiming back-to-back wins for the first time in four years.
Sebastian Vettel is to meet with FIA president Jean Todt for clear-the-air talks after the reigning champion resorted to profanity in describing the sound of Formula One’s new power units.
Lewis Hamilton continued from where he left off in Malaysia on Sunday by spearheading a Mercedes one-two in first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The seven-times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is “showing moments of awakening” after three months in a coma in a hospital in Grenoble, his manager revealed today.
The seven-times Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher is “showing moments of awakening” after three months in a coma in a hospital in Grenoble, his manager revealed today.
Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have made clear that friendship has its limits and theirs is likely to be tested to the full this year as they fight for the Formula One title.
Adrian Sutil has described as “critical” the weight crisis in Formula One that is forcing him to drive without a drinks bottle in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton’s Malaysian Grand Prix win last week was so dominant that he would be quite within his rights to be feeling the pressure already – or at least thinking positively about the rest of the season.