The Independent

It is 19 years since Olivier Panis became, here in Monte Carlo, the last French driver to win a grand prix. For Romain Grosjean, the only Frenchman on the grid, the weekend is further charged with emotion for reasons beyond pure patriotism.
Jules Bianchi’s condition has been described by his father as “stagnant” as he continues to fight for his life following the serious head injuries he sustained in a Formula 1 crash at last season’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton again topped the timesheet in practice ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, but the rain-affected second session put a dampener on things for Formula One fans.
Having described himself the previous day as mentally and physically very strong and fully prepared to do his best in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton duly delivered the goods in practice here on Thursday.
Lewis Hamilton clocked the quickest time in the first free practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix, although compatriot Jenson Button endured a more frustrating morning.
Lewis Hamilton is excited about what lies ahead with Mercedes – even if he was nonplussed about actually getting the protracted deal over the line.
It has taken an age for Lewis Hamilton finally to sign a new contract with Mercedes but the world champion was adamant that he had never considered signing for any other team and that he will continue to race in Formula One when his latest deal expires in three years’ time.
The sixth grand prix of the 2015 Formula 1 season sees the streets of Monaco transformed into a race circuit that is steeped in motorsport history.
Lewis Hamilton is reported to have agreed a new contract with reigning Formula 1 champions Mercedes, with a formal announcement set to be made in Monaco later today.
Formula One’s switch from a V8 to a more environmentally friendly V6 turbo has doubled engine costs, claims the finance director of the Williams team.
Lewis Hamilton has hinted that he is close to signing a new contract with Mercedes, amid rumours that talks were deadlocked due to interest in the world champion from Ferrari.
Oh to be a Formula 1 mechanic. As if the high pressure of completing a pit-stop in under three seconds wasn’t hard enough (ask Lewis Hamilton’s pit-crew) cars arrive in the box at 50mph, and sometimes they simply don’t stop.
Nico Rosberg stormed to his first victory of the season as he pulled off the “complete weekend” he had targeted to win the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
Nico Rosberg finally got the better of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton as he sealed pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix.
“I needed this sooner rather than later, it’s one step in the right direction to win the race, so it was a good day in the office for sure.” Nico Rosberg looked happier than he has all season after he finally got one monkey off his back and took his first pole position of 2015 as his first step in the fightback against Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who has had the upper hand thus far.
Is Lewis Hamilton deliberately delaying signing a new contract with Mercedes until he has satisfied himself that Ferrari might not be a better bet from next year onwards?
Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a dominant second practice ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix as the reigning world champion outclassed his opposition.
An audience with Stirling Moss is to touch history, to connect with the origins of Formula One, to be in the same room as Enzo Ferrari, for whom he would have raced where it not for his career-ending accident in 1962, and Juan Manuel Fangio, with whom he drove at Mercedes for one glorious year in 1955.
Today marks the 21st anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s tragic death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at the Imola circuit.
It’s widely regarded as one of the greatest laps ever seen in the history of Formula One, and this time last year was the subject of an emotional and spine-tingling video released by Ayrton Senna’s former team, McLaren.
Mick Schumacher bettered his promising Formula Four debut on Saturday with his first ever victory on Sunday as the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher took to the top step of the podium after the third and final race at Oschersleben.
Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, finished ninth on his ADAC Formula Four debut having made up 10 places from his starting position.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s first ever victory in Formula 1 after he took the paddock by storm – literally – in the torrential rain at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1985.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s first ever victory in Formula 1 after he took the paddock by storm – literally – in the torrential rain at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1985.
So what was the gesture all about, as Lewis Hamilton stood atop his race-winning Mercedes in Bahrain on Sunday night, mimicking swinging a baseball bat?
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to strengthen his overall lead in the Formula One standings with his third win in four races this season and 36th of his career.
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday to strengthen his overall lead in the Formula One standings with his third win in four races this season and 36th of his career.
Lewis Hamilton’s domination of Formula One continued in Bahrain as the reigning world champion clinched his ninth victory in the past 11 races.
Lewis Hamilton is looking to continue his charge to a third world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Hamilton starts from pole position – his first in Bahrain British driver starts from front of the grid for fourth time in a rowSebastian Vettel starts in secondNico Rosberg in thirdHamilton finished four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.147secs adriftHamilton leads championship on 68 points, 13 ahead of Vettel Follow the latest news below…
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton is looking to continue his charge to a third world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Hamilton starts from pole position – his first in BahrainBritish driver starts from front of the grid for fourth time in a rowSebastian Vettel starts in secondNico Rosberg in thirdHamilton finished four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.147secs adriftHamilton leads championship on 68 points, 13 ahead of Vettel
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton is looking to continue his charge to a third world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Hamilton starts from pole position – his first in BahrainBritish driver starts from front of the grid for fourth time in a rowSebastian Vettel starts in secondNico Rosberg in thirdHamilton finished four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.147secs adriftHamilton leads championship on 68 points, 13 ahead of Vettel
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton is looking to continue his charge to a third world title at the Bahrain Grand Prix.Hamilton starts from pole position – his first in BahrainBritish driver starts from front of the grid for fourth time in a rowSebastian Vettel starts in secondNico Rosberg in thirdHamilton finished four tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Nico Rosberg a further 0.147secs adriftHamilton leads championship on 68 points, 13 ahead of Vettel
Lewis Hamilton had never been on pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix before, whereas team-mate Nico Rosberg had occupied that position for the past two visits.
Lewis Hamilton had never been on pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix before, whereas team-mate Nico Rosberg had occupied that position for the past two visits.
Lewis Hamilton made it pole position for the fourth time in a row for the first time in his Formula One career with a storming performance in the desert in Bahrain.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in practice here yesterday, but both drivers said that they believe Ferrari’s long-run pace was “dangerous.”
A small mistake from Lewis Hamilton allowed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to gain the upper hand in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel believes Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are professional enough to avoid letting their rivalry affect their Formula One championship chances.
Lewis Hamilton said he didn’t know until arriving in Bahrain that there had been such a furore about him spraying a grid girl on the rostrum after winning last Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. The Twittersphere went into overdrive when, in the traditional way after the presentation of the trophies, Hamilton grabbed his bottle of bubbly and for a fleeting moment turned it on grid girl Liu Siying.
Lewis Hamilton has defended his podium antics after being criticised for spraying a Chinese model with champagne following his victory in Shanghai last weekend, claiming that it was a “fun thing”.
Jenson Button believes Nico Rosberg needs to employ different tactics if he is to topple Lewis Hamilton this season.
Lewis Hamilton says he does not fear retribution from his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in Bahrain this weekend following their confrontation at Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team director, backed his world champion Lewis Hamilton by saying he had done nothing wrong in keeping his pace “slow” as the leader of the Chinese Grand Prix, despite the protestations of fellow team driver Nico Rosberg.
How fitting was it that a dull Chinese Grand Prix should end in anticlimax behind the safety car and that the real sparks came in the post-race press conference on Sunday as Nico Rosberg accused  his victorious team-mate Lewis Hamilton of spoiling his race.
Lewis Hamilton produced an exceptional display of race management to clinch his fourth Chinese Grand Prix victory.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from pole ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.Sebastian Vettel starts in third having won last time out in Malaysia.Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas line-up next to each other ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.Jenson Button starts 17th ahead of Fernando Alonso as McLaren-Honda continue to struggle for pace.Increased security will be at the circuit due to Friday’s unwelcome track invasion during practice.The Chinese Grand Prix begins at 7am BST.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from pole ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.Sebastian Vettel starts in third having won last time out in Malaysia.Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas line-up next to each other ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.Jenson Button starts 17th ahead of Fernando Alonso as McLaren-Honda continue to struggle for pace.Increased security will be at the circuit due to Friday’s unwelcome track invasion during practice.The Chinese Grand Prix begins at 7am BST.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from pole ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.Sebastian Vettel starts in third having won last time out in Malaysia.Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas line-up next to each other ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.Jenson Button starts 17th ahead of Fernando Alonso as McLaren-Honda continue to struggle for pace.Increased security will be at the circuit due to Friday’s unwelcome track invasion during practice.The Chinese Grand Prix begins at 7am BST.
Ferrari came up short in the battle with Mercedes for qualifying supremacy at today’s Chinese Brand Prix, Lewis Hamilton taking his 41st pole position and his third of the season. But even Ferrari being considered a threat to the hitherto unbeatable Anglo-German cars following Sebastian Vettel’s win in Malaysia is another big step forward for the Prancing Horse.
Lewis Hamilton’s love of the Shanghai International Circuit continues to show no bounds as the reigning Formula One champion again claimed pole position for the race.