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Toyota set to announce it is leaving F1

Toyota is expected to announced later today that it is withdrawing from Formula 1 with immediate effect, according to reports in the Japanese press, following a decision by the company's board of directors on Tuesday in Japan

Farewell to a weekly tradition Plus

Farewell to a weekly tradition

Biranit Goren,'s former editor-in-chief, gets the last word on the final issue of the Weekly Journal...

Mosley not ruling out staying at the FIA

Max Mosley is not ruling out staying at the helm of the FIA, although he says he is still inclined to step down next year despite pressure to carry on

Mosley hits back at claims of FIA bias

FIA president Max Mosley has hit back at suggestions the FIA is biased against McLaren and in favour of Ferrari, insisting the governing body is 'utterly neutral'

Ferrari pay tribute to Phil Hill

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo paid tribute to 1961 world champion Phil Hill, who died on Thursday, saying he will miss the American's passion and love for the Italian marque

American racing legend Phil Hill has died

Motor racing legend and the only American-born Formula One world champion Phil Hill has died tonight in a California hospital due to complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 81 years old

One year on, Hamilton finds team harmony

A year after McLaren endured one of their most difficult weekends, at the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton is relishing the harmony within the Woking-based outfit - but vows not to become complacent

Analysis: Eady verdict good for the press

The verdict submitted by Justice Eady in the London High Court yesterday, in the case of Max Mosley versus News of the World, makes for a fascinating read: Justice Eady is witty, analytic, at times humorous, and his story-telling is engaging throughout

F1 UK coverage returns to the BBC

Formula One television coverage in the UK will return next year to the BBC following 12 seasons with ITV, the Formula One Administration announced today

Stepney critical of his handling by the FIA

Nigel Stepney has welcomed the FIA's announcement that it cannot officially sanction the former Ferrari mechanic, but he slammed the governing body for its handling of his affair over the past six months

Champ Car files for bankruptcy

Champ Car World Series sold its assets to the Indy Racing League for six million US dollars - and has more than $10 million in debts - it was revealed this week, when the company filed for bankruptcy in the United States

FIA warns against working with Stepney

The FIA will take no formal steps against Nigel Stepney but has warned motorsport teams from collaborating with the former Ferrari engineer until the summer of 2009

McLaren suffer the wrath of Spain

Barcelona circuit officials had to close the entrance to the spectators grandstand facing the McLaren garages today, after local fans were constantly howling abuse at the Woking outfit

BMW sign Klien and Asmer as test drivers

BMW Sauber have decided to take on board two test drivers for the 2008 season, with former Formula One driver Christian Klien appointed the team's test and reserve driver, while Marko Asmer has joined as their second junior test driver

Williams resume testing with new parts

The Williams team resumed their preseason testing at Barcelona today after parts were flown from their factory in Grove, England, following a high-speed crash at the Spanish track yesterday

Webber: stability to push RBR forward

Mark Webber believes his Red Bull Racing team will make a step forward this season thanks to the stability in the workforce

Verstappen to race at Le Mans

Former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen will enter the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2008, the Dutchman announced today

FIA hits back at Brundle

The FIA has hit back at ITV commentator and former F1 driver Martin Brundle, after the latter accused the governing body of trying to deter the media from criticising its handling of the spying affair

Brundle: FIA trying to bully the media

Former Grand Prix driver and ITV Formula One commentator Martin Brundle has accused the FIA of trying to deter the media from criticising the governing body over their handling of the spying affair

ICA verdict: McLaren should have protested

McLaren's appeal was dismissed because they did not lodge a protest against the results of the the Brazilian Grand Prix but instead submitted an appeal against a race-stewards' decision that did not directly concern the team

Williams welcome ICA decision

The Williams team welcomed the FIA's International Court Of Appeal's decision today to reject McLaren's appeal, the Grove-based outfit reiterating that their cars were perfectly legal in the Brazilian Grand Prix last month

Ferrari satisfied with court decision

Ferrari applauded the FIA's International Court of Appeal decision to reject McLaren's case over the results of the Brazilian Grand Prix, labelling the appeal as a 'desperate attempt' to change the race results

McLaren still hope for fuel rules clarity

McLaren still hope to receive clarification on the matter of the regulations regarding fuel temperatures, after the FIA's International Court of Appeal rejected the team's case on the matter today

McLaren's appeal rejected

The FIA's International Court of Appeal has rejected McLaren's case over the fuel temperatures of the BMW and Williams cars in last month's Brazilian Grand Prix

Briatore adamant Renault did nothing wrong

Renault team chief Flavio Briatore is adamant his team have done nothing wrong in the new spying affair surrounding the French team and rivals McLaren

FIA begins probe of McLaren 2008 car

The FIA began its investigation into the McLaren 2008 car this week, in line with the World Motor Sport Council's decision in the spying affair

Williams confirm Rosberg and Nakajima

Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima have been confirmed as the Williams race drivers for 2008

McLaren in no rush to fill Alonso seat

McLaren are in no hurry to sign up their second driver for the 2008 season, knowing the race seat vacated by Fernando Alonso is in high demand

Renault wait to hear from Alonso

Renault have made Fernando Alonso an offer to return to the squad with which he won the 2005 and 2006 world titles, team chief Flavio Briatore confirmed

Mosley not thinking of retirement yet

Max Mosley will decide next year whether or not to run again for president of the FIA, when his position is up for re-election in 2009

FIA to thoroughly probe 2008 McLaren car

The FIA will hire external experts as part of a thorough investigation of the 2008 McLaren car to ensure the machine does not incorporate Ferrari intellectual property, president Max Mosley said

Mosley: Hamilton's importance exaggerated

FIA president Max Mosley believes Lewis Hamilton is not as important to Formula One as some claim - and in fact could prove to have a negative effect on the sport's popularity

Hamilton: no regrets about the season

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton insists he has no regrets about the way his debut Formula One season panned out, despite losing out on the world championship by one point

Montezemolo: no disrespect to F1 leaders

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has qualified his attack on Formula One leaders, clarifying that he has respect and affection towards F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and FIA president Max Mosley

Raikkonen 'in love again' with F1

Kimi Raikkonen says he has 'fallen in love again' with Formula One after winning the world championship last week in Brazil, as he begins a lengthy holiday before resuming testing in December

Alonso has 'some idea' what he wants to do

Fernando Alonso remained tight-lipped about his plans for next year and whether or not he will leave McLaren, as speculation about the Spaniard's future continue to intensify

Grapevine: Hamilton leaving UK for Switzerland

Lewis Hamilton is leaving England to live in Switzerland in search of privacy and anonymity, he said

Honda win prestigious environment award

The Honda Racing F1 team have won a prestigious environmental award for their 'earth car' campaign in 2007

BMW appoint new chief designer

BMW Sauber have appointed Christoph Zimmermann as chief designer, the team said today

Hamilton proud of his debut F1 season

Lewis Hamilton says he is proud of his debut Formula One season and believes he has done a good job despite losing the world championship in the final round

Ferrari still seething over spy affair

Despite winning the world championship, Ferrari CEO Jean Todt admitted the 2007 season has been a painful one for the Italians, with the spy scandal hovering over the unexpected achievement

Todt wouldn't have bet on Raikkonen's win

Ferrari boss Jean Todt says he would never have bet on Kimi Raikkonen becoming world champion when the Italian team were struggling with reliability earlier in the season

Next year will be easier, says Raikkonen

World champion Kimi Raikkonen believes his Ferrari team will have an easier time challenging for wins next season

McLaren appeal set for November 15

The FIA's International Court of Appeal will hear McLaren's case against the decision of the Brazilian Grand Prix stewards on Thursday, November 15

De la Rosa: Alonso shouldn't leave McLaren

McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa does not believe his compatriot Fernando Alonso should leave the team despite the difficulties he experienced there over the season

Hamilton wrongly quoted on gearbox failure

A leading Formula One journalist has apologised to McLaren for a quote wrongly attributed to Lewis Hamilton, has learned

Brawn impressed by 'exceptional' Raikkonen

Former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn has hailed Kimi Raikkonen's 'exceptional' comeback this season to clinch the world championship in the final round and predicted the Italians will be even stronger next year

Todt not leaving Ferrari, says president

Ferrari will reveal the 2008 Formula One team organisation at the end of this year, president Luca di Montezemolo said, while quashing rumours that team boss Jean Todt is set to leave the Italian company

Raikkonen: Brazil lap 1 clinched the title

Kimi Raikkonen believes the first lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix was the most decisive moment in the 2007 world championship - and the reason why he was able to win the title against all hopes

McLaren: issue too important not to appeal

McLaren have stressed that their appeal against the Brazilian Grand Prix stewards' ruling on the matter of BMW Sauber and Williams is not aimed at questioning the integrity of these two teams

McLaren press ahead with appeal

McLaren are pressing ahead with their appeal against the Brazilian Grand Prix stewards' decision not to impose a penalty on the Williams and BMW Sauber cars for alleged fuel temperature irregularities

McLaren deny Hamilton caused gearbox error

McLaren have rejected suggestions that Lewis Hamilton's gearbox failure in the Brazilian Grand Prix was due to him pressing the wrong button on his steering wheel

Ferrari chiefs hail comback title win

Ferrari chiefs were all unanimous in their reaction to winning the drivers' world championship today: a sense of great surprise mingled with pride and conviction they deserve it

Hamilton hails 'phenomenal' rookie season

Lewis Hamilton hailed his rookie season in Formula One as 'phenomenal' and said he is confident of bouncing back from the disappointment of losing this year's world championship

Dennis takes 'sporting approach' to loss

Ron Dennis looked somewhat stunned in the moments after the Brazilian Grand Prix today, when both his drivers failed to clinch the world championship, but the McLaren boss maintained a sportive attitude and insisted the title was not lost in a single race

No reason to be downbeat, says Hamilton Sr

Lewis Hamilton's father Anthony insists they are not downbeat about losing the world championship in today's season finale at Interlagos

Grapevine: Hamilton meets his fiercest rival yet

Lewis Hamilton faced fierce opposition at Interlagos on Saturday, but his rival was not one of the Formula One drivers but rather a French journalist who took the Briton to task in the official FIA post qualifying press conference

Hamilton not investigated after qualifying

Lewis Hamilton will not face another investigation by the FIA race stewards at Brazil today, after Ferrari made it clear they have not protested his driving in qualifying today

Kovalainen sorry for qualifying error

Renault driver Heikki Kovalainen took full responsibility for not making it through first qualifying at Interlagos today, although his teammate Giancarlo Fisichella felt their car was not capable of achieving much more anyway

Hamilton apologises to Raikkonen

Lewis Hamilton has apologised to title rival Kimi Raikkonen for disturbing his final qualifying lap at Interlagos today but emphasized he did his best to get out of the Finn's way