Raikkonen finishes second pre-season test on top as F1 drivers gear up for new season

Kimi Raikkonen

London, Feb 05 - Finnish racing driver Kimi Raikkonen completed the first Formula One pre-season test for Ferrari successfully, as he came out on top on the final day at Spain's Jerez track.

It was the third time in four days a Ferrari had been the fastest, as the teams reached one-third distance in their preparations for the 2015 season, with Sauber's Marcus Ericsson finishing second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes team completed by far the most mileage.

McLaren had another tough day, still struggling with their new Honda engine, with Jenson Button did only 35 laps and was 6.8 seconds off the pace as he was forced to abandon the day's running post being initially hit by a problem with oil levels, the BBC reported.

Sebastian Vettel fastest again on day 2 of Jerez pre-season testing

Sebastian VettelLondon, Feb 03 - Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel emerged as the fastest driver for the second day in succession at the pre-season Formula One testing in Jerez on Monday.

The German, who switched to Ferrari from Red Bull over the winters, completed 88 laps to finish almost one second clear of his opponents.

While the second- fastest time of the day went to Sauber's Felipe Nasr, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton clocked 91 laps, the most by any driver, despite a reliability issue, the BBC reported.

However, McLaren-Honda's testing session got interrupted again due to ancillary problems as Jenson Button could only manage to drive six laps. (ANI)

F1 champ Hamilton crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Lewis HamiltonLondon, December 15 - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has been crowned the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 award as he upstaged golfer Rory McIlroy and athlete Jo Pavey to second and third position respectively.

The Mercedes driver, who won his second Formula One title this season, garnered 209,920 of the 620,932 to claim the top prize as McIlroy and Pavey could only secure 123,745 and 99,913 votes respectively.

An elated Hamilton said that he wasn't expecting for it as he had anticipated McIlroy to claim the top prize. Thanking his supporters, he said that he was honoured to be among such great sporting talent, the BBC reported.

Hamilton admits 'no one's mistake but his' post losing to Rosberg at Brazil GP

Lewis HamiltonLondon, Nov 10 - Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton has admitted that it was no one's mistake but his own after his teammate Nico Rosberg ended the Briton's winning streak at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton fought back to close a seven-second margin after a spin at about one-third distance just as he appeared to be set to take the lead. But Rosberg did just enough to hold him off in a tense final part of the race.

Hamilton, who saw his lead in the title race reduced to 17 points with 50 available in the final race in Abu Dhabi, was quoted by The BBC as saying that ultimately the spin cost him the win.

Merc boss will offer new contract to Hamilton at year-end

Toto WolfLondon, Oct 14 : Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is reportedly set to offer a new contract to Lewis Hamilton at the end of the year in a bid to keep the Brit at the team beyond 2015.

Hamilton's current three-year deal expires after next season, with recent speculations suggesting that Fernando Alonso is attempting to engineer his way into Mercedes as a replacement. Wolff, though, has made it clear that he has no intention of looking at any driver other than Hamilton as partner to Nico Rosberg for 2016 and beyond.

Hamilton says he is `literally praying like crazy` for Bianchi

Lewis HamiltonLondon, Oct 12 - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that he is literally praying like crazy for Marussia driver Jules Bianchi, after the racer had a horrific accident in the Japanese Grand Prix last Sunday.

Hamilton said that for the last few days, he has not stopped thinking about Bianchi, after his accident in the Japanese Grand Prix. He added that it is sad that the Frenchman is in such a serious condition in hospital.

Hamilton said that he has literally just been praying like crazy for Bianchi, as he is aware a lot of people have and he is hoping for the best, The BBC reported.

Hamilton reveals Bianchi's incident reminded him of seeing young karting friend die

Lewis HamiltonLondon, Oct 11 - An emotional Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has revealed about his first brush with death as a nine-year-old kart racer as fears continued to grow about the fate of Marussia racer Jules Bianchi following his horror smash in Japanese Grand Prix .

Hamilton has called it the hardest week of his life. Emotions in the paddock are still raw as the popular Frenchman remains in a Japanese intensive care unit, critical but stable with his family at his bedside.

Hamilton starts talks for new three-year deal with Mercedes worth 70 mln pounds

Hamilton starts talks for new three-year deal with Mercedes worth 70 mln poundsLondon, July 23 - British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton has started talks with his current team Mercedes for a bumper new three-year deal which is speculated to be worth close to 70 million pounds.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff revealed that the two sides are already in discussion even though Hamilton's current contract, which began in 2013, still has 18 months to run.

Lewis Hamilton on top in the heat at German GP practice

Lewis HamiltonHockenheim, Germany: Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest lap in Friday afternoon`s second free practice session for this weekend`s German Grand Prix, the Briton outpacing Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg.

On a scorching hot day at the Hockenheim circuit, with air temperatures touching 34 degrees Celsius and the track temperature reaching 58 degrees, the Mercedes men were again in a class of their own as they continued their battle for this year`s drivers` world championship.

Rosberg wins Monaco Grand Prix, team-mate Hamilton in second place

Nico RosbergMonaco, May 26 - Nico Rosberg beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tense fight for victory in the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.

The race, according to the BBC, started off as a slow-burner, but came alive in the closing laps with Ricciardo challenging Hamilton, and a series of dramatic incidents led to constant changes for the lower points positions.

Hamilton wins Spanish GP, Mercedes team-mate Rosberg runners-up

Lewis HamiltonBarcelona (Spain), May 12 - Lewis Hamilton took the world championship lead from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after a closely fought victory in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton leads Rosberg by three points after his fourth win in a row, reports the BBC.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo ended up third and his team-mate Sebastian Vettel fourth.

Hamilton converted his pole position into a lead at the first corner and built a 2.6-second lead over Rosberg by lap 13.

Brit skier falls to death at French Alps in 'Schumacher-type accident'

Michael SchumacherLondon, Apr 13 - A British skier has reportedly fallen to his death in front of his son after hitting his head on a rock at the French Alps in an accident reminiscent of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher's one.

It was in the French Alps resort of Meribel that on December 29 last year, the retired seven-time German champion fell and hit his head on a rock, suffering a brain trauma and is now in intensive care in a medically-induced coma.

Hamilton claims Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis HamiltonKuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Mar. 31 - Britain's Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg on Sunday.

The 2008 Formula One world champion easily pulled away from his rivals on a dry track with a three-stop strategy to win the race by 17.3 seconds, his 23rd career victory and first in Malaysia at the eighth attempt, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

'Comatose' Schumacher's accident did not happen due to faulty skis, speed: Investigators

Michael SchumacherSydney, Jan 9 - The horrific accident while skiing that has left Formula One legend  battling for his life in a hospital did not happen due to faulty skis, inadequate signage and excessive speed, according to the investigators probing the accident.

Schumacher has been in a medically-induced coma since he fell on an off-piste section between two slopes in the French ski resort of Meribel and slammed his head on a rock, prompting his evacuation to a hospital in the city of Grenoble.

'Family man' Schumacher planning to leave 750 mln-fortune to family, states will

Michael SchumacherLondon, Jan 8  Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who is battling for his life following a ski accident in late December, is reportedly planning to leave his 750 million-pound fortune to his family to 'support all those who are important to him', according to a will he made three years ago.

The former seven-time German champion remains in a medically induced coma since the accident on December 29 in the French ski resort of Meribel, where he owns a chalet.

'Comatose' Schumacher's condition 'improves slightly' than before

Michael SchumacherJohannesburg, Jan 7 - The condition of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who has been in a medically-induced coma since his skiing accident eight days ago, has reportedly 'improved slightly' than before.

Schumacher remains in a critical condition in hospital since the accident on December 29 in the French ski resort of Meribel, which left him with life-threatening injuries.

According to Sport24, however, a source said that there are small signs of improvement and the seven-time world champion's family and friends hope that he will pull through.

F1 drivers wish speedy recovery to Schumacher post ski accident

Michael SchumacherJohannesburg, Dec. 30 - Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is reportedly in a state of coma following an injury to his head in a ski accident in the French Alps on Sunday.

The 44-year-old is said to be in a critical condition as he suffered from a serious brain trauma with coma on his arrival to the hospital.

According to Sky news, F1 drivers took to the social media to wish Schumacher a speedy recovery.

Mercedes' Ross Brawn may retire from F1 by season end

Ross BrawnLondon, Oct 15 - Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn may reportedly pull the curtains on his successful career by the end of this season

Brawn is one of the most prolific F1 designers of the current era and his cars have reportedly won more than 100 Grands Prix and 16 constructors and drivers world championships.

According to the Mirror, Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda said that Brawn's future at the team is in the balance and it is '50-50' whether he would stay after this season, although he added that Brawn has agreed to discuss terms with them at the end of the season.

Mercedes withdraws appeal against penalty on Schumacher

michael-schumacherMercedes has decided not to appeal against the penalty of 20 seconds at the Monaco Grand Prix which dropped him to 12th position from 6th position. Schumacher has been penalized because he had overtaken Fernando Alonso under a safety car in the final lap. Mercedes said that they will not submit any appeal for the interest of the sport.

Lewis Hamilton Wax Statue Unveiled At Madame Tussauds Museum

Lewis Hamilton Wax Statue Unveiled At Madame Tussauds MuseumHere’s a good news for Lewis Hamilton fans.

The wax statue of Formula one champion Lewis Hamilton was unveiled at Madame Tussauds Museum on Wednesday (March 18).

A spokeswoman of Madame Tussauds said, “He (Lewis Hamilton) has undoubtedly won a place in the nation's hearts for his determination and single mindedness and a place at Madame Tussauds for an amazing track record.”

It is learnt that it took nearly 6 months to create Hamilton’s wax costing 150,000-pounds.

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