The Independent

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.
Formula one boss Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that Qatar is planning to host a grand prix in a bid to build up the sporting legacy in the tiny Gulf state which controversially won the right to stage the 2022 World Cup.
Lewis Hamilton was still coming down after celebrating with Prince Harry at F1’s Amber Lounge post-race party in Abu Dhabi, when he faced the media on Monday morning.
Lewis Hamilton was still coming down after celebrating with Prince Harry at F1’s Amber Lounge post-race party in Abu Dhabi, when he faced the media on Monday morning.
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his Formula One title triumph with watermelon juice, a couple of sips of Cognac and by swapping stories of his formative years in go-karting.
Just over two years ago, the critics lined up to question Lewis Hamilton’s sanity.
Anthony Hamilton has admitted to making an 11th-hour decision to fly to Abu Dhabi and roar on son Lewis to his second Formula One world championship.
Lewis Hamilton is now a two-time Formula One world champion after clinching victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Last week would have been a good one to give up watching sport. Or caring about it, full stop. In between football club owners being racist, England fans being offensive and the rest of the sporting landscape being barren, aside from the odd tennis match, it was enough to send us scurrying to light entertainment-land and pretending to laugh at the jokes Jimmy Carr had written for him.
Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to the Formula One world title with victory at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
In the end even his greatest rival had to doff his cap, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg paying Lewis Hamilton the ultimate compliment of deference.
While Lewis Hamilton had the greatest day of his life and Nico Rosberg, most likely, the worst of his, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix smiled on four more of the sport’s good guys.
Prince Harry was the first person to congratulate Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi today after the Briton powered to victory to secure the F1 Drivers’ Championship for the second time in his career.
Prince Harry was the first person to congratulate Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi today after the Briton powered to victory to secure the F1 Drivers’ Championship for the second time in his career.
Lewis Hamilton won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to secure his second Drivers’ Championship after holding off the challenge of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.