The Independent

The Malaysian Grand Prix answered one of Formula One’s key questions for the season ahead: could Ferrari win again? And it did so emphatically as Sebastian Vettel consummated his new relationship with the famed Scuderia, for which his hero Michael Schumacher drove, at only the second attempt last weekend. With third place on his first run, in Australia a fortnight earlier, the German is only three points adrift of the title leader Lewis Hamilton.
When it was announced last year that 17-year-old Max Verstappen would be joining the Red Bull junior stable at Toro Rosso, former world champion Jacques Villeneuve dismissed the idea, suggesting the teenager would be way out of his depth.
World champions Mercedes conceded the better car won when they were usurped by a resurgent Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix but felt that poor balance and strategy were also to blame for the rare reversal.
Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent when the four times world champion put in a faultless display to record his first victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday and end a 34-race run for the Italian manufacturer without victory.
Ferrari are back as Sebastian Vettel ended the famous marque’s 34-race drought without a victory by taking a well-deserved chequered flag in Malaysia.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from the front after securing his 40th pole of his career.Sebastian Vettel qualifies ahead of Nico Rosberg as Ferrari threaten to challenge Mercedes.Rosberg suffers disappointing Saturday as he loses ground on championship rival Hamilton.Rosberg triggers bizarre press conference spat with Hamilton as he poses as a journalist.17-year-old Max Verstappen equals his father Jos’s best ever qualifying position in sixth.McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso start down in 17th and 18th respectively.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from the front after securing his 40th pole of his career.Sebastian Vettel qualifies ahead of Nico Rosberg as Ferrari threaten to challenge Mercedes.Rosberg suffers disappointing Saturday as he loses ground on championship rival Hamilton.Rosberg triggers bizarre press conference spat with Hamilton as he poses as a journalist.17-year-old Max Verstappen equals his father Jos’s best ever qualifying position in sixth.McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso start down in 17th and 18th respectively.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from the front after securing his 40th pole of his career.Sebastian Vettel qualifies ahead of Nico Rosberg as Ferrari threaten to challenge Mercedes.Rosberg suffers disappointing Saturday as he loses ground on championship rival Hamilton.Rosberg triggers bizarre press conference spat with Hamilton as he poses as a journalist.17-year-old Max Verstappen equals his father Jos’s best ever qualifying position in sixth.McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso start down in 17th and 18th respectively.
Latest news and talking points:Lewis Hamilton starts from the front after securing his 40th pole of his career.Sebastian Vettel qualifies ahead of Nico Rosberg as Ferrari threaten to challenge Mercedes.Rosberg suffers disappointing Saturday as he loses ground on championship rival Hamilton.Rosberg triggers bizarre press conference spat with Hamilton as he poses as a journalist.17-year-old Max Verstappen equals his father Jos’s best ever qualifying position in sixth.McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso start down in 17th and 18th respectively.
The press conference equivalent of road rage broke out after final qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix here, in which Nico Rosberg appeared to block his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton continued his unbeaten start to the season as he secured pole position for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, with his team-mate and main championship rival Nico Rosberg having to make do with third after a disappointing final session.
Lewis Hamilton has drawn first blood in this season’s psychological battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after the latter’s bid to upstage the Briton backfired.
Where Fernando Alonso had caused confusion on Thursday, Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone shot from the hip yesterday. While praising Lewis Hamilton as “the best world champion we’ve had,” he spoke candidly of the sport’s current difficulties.
Bernie Ecclestone has suggested next year’s German Grand Prix could also fall by the wayside just days after this season’s race was officially dropped from the Formula One calendar.
Renault could yet quit Formula One if the French manufacturing giant feels it is not getting value from the sport.
Lewis Hamilton bounced back from a troubled first practice ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix to lead the way at the end of the day.
The world of Formula One is used to the strange and bizarre, having seen cheat and spy scandals, driver contractual disagreements and even Lewis Hamilton’s dog Roscoe attending races in recent years. However, championship contender Nico Rosberg has trumped the lot.
The press grilling that he underwent hours after the FIA cleared him to race will probably be the toughest part of Fernando Alonso’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso and Valterri Bottas will both return to the grid for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix after the FIA cleared them to race at the second race of the 2015 season.
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that the Manor Formula One team will be docked almost £2m in prize-money for failing to race at the season-opener in Australia.
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that the Manor Formula One team will be docked almost £2m in prize-money for failing to race at the season-opener in Australia.
The first roar of a Formula One engine is heard each year along the three miles of track that make up the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona as the cars are tested for the coming season.
The first roar of a Formula One engine is heard each year along the three miles of track that make up the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona as the cars are tested for the coming season.
Governments must start underwriting the costs of staging grands prix to stop the drift of Formula One races from Europe to the Far East and Arabian Gulf.
Governments must start underwriting the costs of staging grands prix to stop the drift of Formula One races from Europe to the Far East and Arabian Gulf.
Formula One rolls into Malaysia this week for the second round of the championship at the Sepang International Circuit, where talk surrounding the utter dominance of Mercedes will for once take a back seat to the belated arrival of Fernando Alonso.
The second grand prix of the 2015 Formula One calendar takes place this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, where Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are likely to resume their battle at the front of the grid.
The second grand prix of the 2015 Formula One calendar takes place this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, where Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are likely to resume their battle at the front of the grid.
Fernando Alonso will race in the Malaysian Grand Prix as long as he comes through a final medical assessment on Thursday, his McLaren team have confirmed.
The German Grand Prix has been dropped from this year’s Formula One calendar, motor sport’s world governing body the FIA has announced.
The German Grand Prix could be scrubbed from this year’s Formula One calendar after Hockenheim reportedly turned down the chance to stage the race.
From the moment a star-struck Lewis Hamilton encountered Arnold Schwarzenegger on the podium in Albert Park on Sunday evening it was inevitable that one or both of them would utter the words: “I’ll be back”. And so it came to pass that they did it together, after the Australian Grand Prix winner had suggested that The Terminator was not as tall as he had expected.
Bernie Ecclestone has backed Red Bull’s call for action to rein in Mercedes’ engine advantage and make races more competitive after a one-sided start to the Formula One season.
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says Red Bull needs to stop moaning about his team’s dominance of Formula One.
Lewis Hamilton began his reign as Formula One world champion with his 34th career victory by taking the chequered flag in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton began his reign as Formula One world champion with his 34th career victory by taking the chequered flag in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton began his reign as Formula One world champion with his 34th career victory by taking the chequered flag in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton began his reign as Formula One world champion with his 34th career victory by taking the chequered flag in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Adrian Newey has come a long way since he was “invited to leave” Repton School after an incident in which some windows in the 11th-century Pears Building were damaged by the sound levels of the sixth-form band to which he belonged. “It wasn’t so much that they were left a pile of glass,” he smiles, “just that the leading was sort of damaged…”
Lewis Hamilton was in high spirits after producing a blistering start to the defence of his Formula One title.
Lewis Hamilton has claimed pole position for Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix in the first qualifying session of the 2015 season.
On the eve of this year’s Formula One season the talk in the paddock at the Australian Grand Prix is not all about the racing but also about the very future of the sport… and one man – as he has been since 1978 – is in the middle of it all.
If you find yourself inclined to the widely held view here in the Albert Park paddock that Mercedes are going to race away with another world championship, here is the good news: Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will again be allowed to indulge in open warfare.
Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn risks contempt of court proceedings if she decides against reinstating driver Giedo van der Garde ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix.
Sauber will learn this morning, two days before Sunday’s opening Australian Grand Prix, if they have to race this season with a driver who has never been in the team’s new car, and drop a contracted driver who brings in much-needed cash.
The Formula One season revs back into action this weekend, beginning with the Australian Grand Prix.
The legal battle between Sauber and Giedo van der Garde will continue on Thursday, just 27 hours before the start of first practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso has his sights firmly set on returning to the grid at the Malaysian Grand Prix later this month.
The grid for the 2015 Formula One season has at last been finalised after Manor Marussia confirmed Roberto Merhi as their second driver.
Manor Marussia have confirmed that 23-year-old Roberto Merhi as their second driver for the 2015 Formula One season as the team prepares to return to the grid at this weekend’s race in Melbourne.