Jenson Button is demob happy, according to the 1996 world champion Damon Hill, as speculation continues to grow that the McLaren driver is to quit Formula One.
Lewis Hamilton, having vanquished the living, has now turned his eager attention to defeating the dead. Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix could see him pull level with his idol, Ayrton Senna, on 41 victories. It would be the realisation of a giddy ambition that has possessed him for 25 of his 30 years.
The survival of the Lotus Formula One team remains in considerable doubt but they have been given another week’s breathing space in the form of a second and final adjournment in their court case with HMRC concerning unpaid income tax and national insurance.
Fernando Alonso admits that struggling McLaren are looking for a miracle. The team have scored only 17 points in 12 races, with their drivers more concerned about finishing than looking for a podium place.
Ferrari say they would be happy to provide engines to rivals Red Bull, whose partnership with Renault appears to be coming to an acrimonious end.
For a man whose international rock and roll lifestyle would have been the envy of the Sybarites there was a strange wistfulness and sense of loss around Lewis Hamilton as he prepared for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
Bernie Ecclestone has prevented Formula One drivers from criticising the tyre suppliers Pirelli. F1’s chief executive held a meeting on Friday with leading drivers Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel and told them that in future they should make their points behind closed doors.
The modern layout of the Nürburgring may not have quite the romance of it’s elder relative – the Green Hell that is the Nordschleife – alongside which it sits, but it will likely be remembered with great fondness by Mark Webber, who previously took his debut Formula One victory at the Ring and has now done the double with his first FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) victory at the same circuit.
Another race weekend and another terrible time for McLaren.
With the home victory at Silverstone making it four wins from five races, Lewis Hamilton believes he has the impetus he needs to continue his recovery from a difficult start to the season as he attempts to secure his fourth world title.
Robert Kubica has won Rally del Casentino in Italy, taking 10 of the 12 stages aboard a Ford Fiesta RS.
After costly errors in both of the last two grands prix, could the pressure of an F1 title fight be getting to Nico Rosberg?
Another driver injury, this time to Jules Bianchi, means that it's time for F1 to eliminate an innate risk with the sport
Never one to shy from a fight, Lewis Hamilton reminded Formula One that prematurely counting him out is an error with serious consequences. After a titanic battle in the mountains of Styria with his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, he emerged triumphant and defiant in the face of an angry reception from the home crowd.
A wry look at some of the stranger tales from the world of motorsport.
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is going to face an uphill battle to win this year’s Formula One world championship.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve may not demand quite the inch-perfect precision of Monaco but it remains a formidable challenge. The track, sandwiched into the Île Notre-Dame between the 1976 Olympic Games rowing lake and the St Lawrence river, puts a premium on accuracy, with walls an ever-present threat and little run‑off. It is among the best venues on the current calendar and Lewis Hamilton has, to an extent, made it his own.
The walls are wobbling at the big red house called Ferrari.
When racehorses are injured beyond repair and have to be put down on the course, large green screens are used to shield spectators from the grisly deed.
Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One’s chief executive, and the senior drivers’ representative, Sebastian Vettel, found themselves in conflict on Thursday as the sport rejected the introduction of the halo head protection device next season.