Timothy Collings

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Prost sympathises with Alonso's situation

Four-time world champion Alain Prost said on Tuesday that he was "absolutely surprised and impressed" by Lewis Hamilton's stunning arrival in Formula One this year

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In his heyday as a driver, Jacques Laffite was as popular on the English side of the Channel as he was in his native France - as proven by the thousands of letters bearing British postmarks that he received following his massive crash at Brands Hatch in 1986. Now, two decades into his TV commentary career, he takes some time to reflect with Timothy Collings

Alonso heads Renault front row in China

World champion Fernando Alonso claimed pole position for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix with a bold performance in a rain-hit qualifying session on Saturday

Wurz stays on top in practice 2 - China

Alex Wurz topped the times again for Williams in Friday's second free practice session for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, following up his morning showing with another fast effort in the afternoon

Schumacher wins, Alonso retires at Monza

Michael Schumacher won Sunday's Italian Grand Prix in commanding style to reduce title rival and defending champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso's lead to just two points

Raikkonen pips Schumacher to Italy pole

Finn Kimi Raikkonen grabbed pole position for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix with a dramatic last-gasp lap in qualifying on Saturday

Vettel stays on top in practice 2 - Italy

German teenager Sebastian Vettel topped the times again for BMW Sauber in Friday afternoon's second free practice session for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix

Vettel fastest in practice 1 - Italy

Sebastian Vettel of Germany topped the times in Friday morning's opening free practice session for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, the 19-year-old driver clocking a best time of 1:23.263 in his BMW Sauber

Massa wins as Alonso beats Schumacher

Felipe Massa seized his opportunity on Sunday to clinch his first victory in a thrilling Turkish Grand Prix at the Istanbul Speed Park, the 25-year-old Brazilian making the most of his first pole position to race to the flag in his Ferrari

Massa clinches maiden F1 pole in Turkey

Brazilian Felipe Massa sensationally took his first ever pole position in qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon

Vettel tops times in practice 2 - Turkey

German new boy Sebastian Vettel topped the times with a stunning debut performance for the BMW Sauber team on Friday in the second free practice session for Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix

Raikkonen quickest in practice 1 - Turkey

Flying Finn Kimi Raikkonen put McLaren-Mercedes-Benz at the top of the timesheets in Friday morning's opening free practice session for the Turkish Grand Prix with a spectacular late effort at the new Istanbul circuit

Maiden Button win in chaotic Hungarian GP

Briton Jenson Button won his first Formula One race on Sunday when he came home ahead of Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa at the end of a wild, dramatic and rain-swept Hungarian Grand Prix

Raikkonen snatches last-gasp Hungary pole

Kimi Raikkonen grabbed the 11th pole position of his career on Saturday when he clocked the fastest time in the closing seconds of an extraordinary qualifying session for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix

Massa flies in practice 2 - Hungary

Brazilian Felipe Massa clocked the fastest time in Friday's second free practice session ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix

Raikkonen fastest in practice 1 - Hungary

Kimi Raikkonen topped the times in Friday's opening practice for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, the Finn in his McLaren Mercedes-Benz winding up ahead of Briton Anthony Davidson in a Honda at the end of a dull and overcast session

Schumacher cruises to 8th French GP win

Michael Schumacher maintained his mid-season revival in the Formula One world championship when he drove his Ferrari to a polished victory in Sunday's French Grand Prix

Schumacher heads Ferrari front row

Michael Schumacher secured pole position for Sunday's French Grand Prix with a consistent, fast and dominant demonstration of his enduring skills in Saturday's qualifying session as Ferrari delivered a one-two to fill the front row of the grid

Kubica stays on top in practice 2 - France

Robert Kubica clocked the fastest time in Friday's second free practice session for Sunday's French Grand Prix, the BMW-Sauber driver outpacing his nearest rival defending world champion Fernando Alonso by more than half a second

Kubica fastest in practice 1 - France

Robert Kubica topped the times in opening practice for the French Grand Prix on Friday, clocking a best lap in 1:16.794 in sweltering conditions at the Magny-Cours circuit in central France

Alonso wins the Monaco GP at ease

World champion Fernando Alonso drove from pole position to a clear and consummate victory for Renault in Sunday's controversy-hit Monaco Grand Prix

Schumacher grabs dubious Monaco pole

Michael Schumacher secured a controversial pole position in his Ferrari for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix

Wurz fastest in practice 2 - Monaco

Alexander Wurz, the reserve driver for the Williams team, rose above the chaos around him to clock the fastest time on a day of accidents and mayhem in practice for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix

Alonso wins thrilling Australian GP

Defending world champion Fernando Alonso survived a torrid test of his talents in a race of great incidents on Sunday as he outclassed all his rivals to win the Australian Grand Prix

Button snatches pole in Australia

Briton Jenson Button secured the third pole position of his career on Saturday when he clocked the fastest time for Honda in qualifying for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix

Davidson remains on top in Australia

Anthony Davidson followed up his quickest lap in morning practice by topping the times in the afternoon on the opening day at the Australian Grand Prix

Fisichella leads Renault 1-2 in Malaysia

Giancarlo Fisichella won Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix with a determined and consistent drive to finish ahead of his Renault teammate Fernando Alonso

Fisichella storms to pole in Malaysia

Giancarlo Fisichella seized the third pole position of his career on Saturday by clocking the fastest time in qualifying for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix

Todt: Malaysia Woke us Up

Jean Todt refused to panic or admit Ferrari face a mini-crisis in the wake of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, in which they struggled to compete with the pace of the other leading teams

Happy Coulthard Feels Vindicated

David Coulthard showed there is still life after McLaren on Sunday when, in his second points-scoring finish with the new Red Bull team, he became the most successful points-scoring British driver in Formula One history

Davidson Out to Seize Chance

Anthony Davidson was packed and ready to leave Sepang to fly home to England when he received the early-morning call that plunged him into action with the BAR-Honda team at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday

Dennis: F1 Future to be Unveiled Soon

McLaren team chief Ron Dennis on Saturday said a new formula and vision for the shape of Formula One in the future is expected to be unveiled next month

Coulthard Feeling the Heat at Sepang

David Coulthard said he is feeling the heat in Malaysia after temperatures rose towards 50 degrees Celsius at Sepang in Friday practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix

Montoya Not Worried about Ferrari

McLaren driver Juan Pablo Montoya sent out a message of no-confidence to rivals Ferrari on Friday when he claimed he is "not concerned" about their potential performance in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix

Karthikeyan Feels the Pressure

Narain Karthikeyan admitted on Friday that his first experience of Formula One has been tough and warned his millions of fans not to expect what he cannot deliver

Button Surprised Only BAR Used Ploy

Jenson Button said on Thursday that he was surprised no other teams did the same as BAR by taking advantage of an apparent loophole in the engine regulations that saw his BAR outfit retire both cars controversially at the end of the Australian Grand Prix

Coulthard Surprised by Own Racing Instinct

A bearded David Coulthard proved that his bristles do mean more bullish aggression on Sunday when he secured fourth place in the Australian Grand Prix with a smart and gutsy drive on his debut with the Red Bull Racing team.

Briatore Declines Comparisons with Benetton Days

Flavio Briatore declined to draw any comparisons with his former team Benetton and their Championship achievements in 1994 and 1995.

Karthikeyan Tired but Relieved

Formula One's first Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan was tired, but relieved, after finishing Sunday's Australian Grand Prix two laps behind winner Giancarlo Fisichella in 15th place in his Jordan-Toyota.

Fastest Qualifying Lap Gives Webber Hope

Local hero Australian Mark Webber clocked the fastest time in second qualifying for the season opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday morning, but it was not enough to lift him above third place on the grid.

Fisichella Delighted with Second F1 Pole

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella smiled with delight on Sunday morning after claiming the second pole position of his career.

Ferrari and FIA Deny Frustrated Stoddart's Request

Paul Stoddart conceded on Friday morning that his Minardi team may not be able to take part in the season-opening Australian Grand prix without a near-miraculous change of heart by Ferrari and the FIA. But the Australian vowed to continue applying pressure on his peers to allow his team to race this weekend.

Interview: Timothy Collings with Jenson Button

A relaxed Jenson Button was happy to stay in the shade, literally and metaphorically, at Albert Park on Thursday, when he reflected on his BAR-Honda team's progress and predicted a competitive season ahead.

Fisichella Sets Sights Higher after Points Finish

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella was delighted to be back in the points at last after a barren start to the season with his new Sauber team - and predicted, after the Spanish Grand Prix race, that they were now ready to become stronger and more successful.

Analysis: Button Heralds Potential End of 'Big Four'

Jenson Button's career-best finish in second place at Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix has heralded not only his arrival among the title-challengers, but also the potential break-up of the long-established 'big four' at the top end of the sport.

Timothy Collings: Albert Park Viewpoint

After all the hype, it was another red-wash. The Aussie fans had nothing Aussie to cheer. The Ferraris came home one-two, McLaren-Mercedes-Benz flopped and Williams-BMW flattered to deceive. Only the Renault of rising Spanish star Fernando Alonso could handle the scarlet pace, finishing third behind Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, a result that left the 'red baron' flanked by the only two men who can claim to offer a genuine challenge to his claims on securing an amazing seventh world title.

Saturday Second Free Practice - Australian GP

Williams-BMW duo Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf opened a window of hope for the Ferrari-chasing F1 field by splitting the two Italian cars after Saturday morning's two short free practice sessions at Albert Park.

Webber Wary of Changing Weather

Wet and cold weather could help Ferrari and Michael Schumacher and deliver a critical and successful result in their bid to retain the World Championship in Sunday's United States Grand Prix, according to Mark Webber.

Wilson Shrugs Off Pressure as Tough Run Continues

Justin Wilson on Saturday shrugged off the pressures of trying to perform, to safeguard his future, after qualifying in 16th place for Jaguar for Sunday's United States Grand Prix.

Saturday Second Free Practice - US GP

Both Michael and Ralf Schumacher suffered problems on Saturday morning in final free practice for Sunday's United States Grand Prix, but Michael at least had the consolation of seeing his Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello topping the times.

Trulli Dreaming of Maiden F1 Win

Jarno Trulli clocked the best lap, dominated the day, smiled at the weather and pulled his cap down firmly to face the media.

Friday Free Practice - US GP

Jarno Trulli topped the times for the Renault team for the second time on Friday morning when after finishing quickest in the private testing run he went out and set the best time in a rain-hit first free practice session for Sunday's United States Grand Prix.

Firman Feels Fine after Testing Return

Ralph Firman said he felt fine and ready to take a full part in this weekend's United States Grand Prix after making a successful return to action during Friday morning's private test session.