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Category: Formula One 2014

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Jules Bianchi’s family launch legal action against FIA and Marussia

• French driver died in July after spending nine months in coma
• Bianchis also plan action against Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Group

The father of Jules Bianchi has started legal action against the F1’s governing body. An English law firm working on behalf of the late driver’s family has revealed it plans to sue the FIA, Bianchi’s Marussia team and Formula One Group, of which Bernie Ecclestone is the chief executive.

Bianchi died on 17 July last year, nine months after he crashed into a recovery vehicle at the rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix. He was the first Formula One driver to die as a result of injuries sustained at a race weekend in more than two decades.

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Jules Bianchi still unconscious but breathing unaided, family says

• Former Marussia driver has been in coma since October
• ‘Jules continues to fight,’ says family
• FIA draws up F1 safety proposals after Bianchi’s crash

Jules Bianchi remains unconscious but is breathing unaided following his horror crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in October, his parents have announced in a statement.

The Frenchman was left in a coma, suffering a severe head injury after his Marussia left the track and crashed head-on with a recovery tractor which was on hand to clear away the wreckage of Adrian Sutil’s Sauber – which had left the track in the same position moments earlier.

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Michael Schumacher able to recognise his wife and children, says friend

Seven-time Formula One world champion might eventually walk again with aid of crutches, fellow ex-driver Philippe Streiff says

Former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is able to recognise his wife and two children, a year after he sustained severe head injuries in a skiing accident, a friend has said.

Philippe Streiff, also a former Formula One driver, suggested in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper on Sundaythat Schumacher might eventually walk again with the help of crutches. It was the most optimistic assessment since a doctor who had treated the multiple world champion in hospital in Grenoble told the media two months ago that he had made “some progress”.

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F1 in 2014: 10 memorable moments

Paul Weaver on the best, worst and most controversial moments in Formula One this year
• Robert Kitson on rugby union • William Fotheringham on cycling
• Kevin Mitchell on tennis • Sean Ingle on athletics
• Ewan Murray on golf • Paul Wilson on football

The best memory of 2014 is the last: it is of Lewis Hamilton deservedly lifting the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award in Glasgow after winning his second Formula One world championship.

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50 of our favourite sport photos from 2014 – in pictures

Our picture editors have received more than one million sport photographs in the past 12 months, covering everything from Winter Olympics and cliff diving to the World Cup and mud-runs. After much deliberation, they’ve put together a collection of their favourite shots

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Bernie Ecclestone takes aim at German courts in mischievous Christmas card

• F1 supremo pictured being robbed of $100m by highwayman
• ‘I am collecting for the Bavarian state,’ says caption on card
Ecclestone paid $100m to preserve his innocence in August

The Formula One chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, has revisited his German bribery trial in a mischievous Christmas card depicting himself handing over $100m to a masked highwayman pointing a pistol at him.

“This is not a robbery. I am collecting for the Bavarian state,” says the cartoon figure on horseback as Ecclestone is pictured holding a sack of money.

Amazing stuff from Mr. E “@alanbaldwinf1: Christmas card from Bernie. http://t.co/d8vHczrcVspic.twitter.com/qtp6LUdY6q

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Red Bull’s stolen trophies are found dumped in a Berkshire lake

• Around 20 trophies found in Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst
• Red Bull trophies stolen in burglary at F1 team’s factory

Some of the trophies stolen from Formula One team Red Bull’s factory have been found dumped in a lake, it has been revealed.

More than 60 trophies were stolen after a gang of six men used a vehicle to ram the front entrance of the team’s building in Milton Keynes at around 1.30am on 6 December.

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Red Bull’s stolen trophies are found dumped in a Berkshire lake

• Around 20 trophies found in Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst
• Red Bull trophies stolen in burglary at F1 team’s factory

Some of the trophies stolen from Formula One team Red Bull’s factory have been found dumped in a lake, it has been revealed.

More than 60 trophies were stolen after a gang of six men used a vehicle to ram the front entrance of the team’s building in Milton Keynes at around 1.30am on 6 December.

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Gene Haas to bid for collapsed Marussia’s assets for his new F1 team

• Steering wheels, gearboxes and 2013 chassis up for sale
• American tycoon may base Haas F1 team in Oxfordshire
• Hamilton beats McIlroy to BBC sports personality award
• Ecclestone says he will not give up running of F1 despite rumours

The American tycoon Gene Haas has revealed that he will be bidding for the assets of the collapsed Marussia Formula One team when they are put up for auction on Tuesday at its former factory in Banbury.

The team closed its doors in November and missed the last three races of the season. To pay its bills administrators are selling nearly 1,000 items including steering wheels, gearboxes, race suits and even its 2013 chassis.

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Rory McIlroy would have been the just BBC Sports Personality of the Year

The golfer achieved far more than Lewis Hamilton in 2014 and without the need for space-centre technology

The good news for Rory McIlroy is that his career will be defined and remembered by multiple major championship victories. Nobody will retrospectively care that the golfer was unjustly denied the title of BBC Sports Personality of the Year for 2014. Which, in itself, is illuminating.

The only logical conclusions to be drawn from Sunday evening in Glasgow are that McIlroy’s failure to endorse his sporting superiority to Lewis Hamilton owed plenty to timing and the inability of a wider audience to understand the scale of his season’s success. McIlroy has every right to be wounded by this result on the simple basis that it was unfair, even if he has far bigger career priorities.

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Bernie Ecclestone tips female F1 executive to take over at the top

• Sacha Woodward-Hill is F1 Group’s chief legal officer
• Ecclestone says he has no intention of retiring
• ‘F1 is better off serving rich over-70s than youth’

Bernie Ecclestone has insisted he has no intention of moving on from running Formula One despite speculation about his future. But should the time come for him to step aside the 84-year-old suggested Sacha Woodward-Hill, a senior female executive within the organisation, would be ideally placed to take over.

Ecclestone briefly stepped down from the board of Delta Topco, which owns the F1 Group, of which he is chief executive, to concentrate on the bribery case in Germany he faced earlier this year. He revealed at the end of the season he would return to the board and confirmed on Thursday that he has no intention of leaving it.

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Why McLaren are right to give Jenson Button another year in F1

Britain has supplied 160 drivers to the F1 world championship and only 10 have won it – Button is a member of an exclusive club and can continue to show why
• Button and Alonso to drive for McLaren in 2015

Jenson Button’s continued presence in Formula One was confirmed on Thursday morning, much to the relief of his legion of British fans. Next year will be his 16th in the sport, and how much further he can continue to drive beyond 2015 remains to be seen. What is absolutely not in doubt though is that he has thoroughly deserved the 15 years of racing he has achieved thus far, alongside the acclaim, criticism and genuine affection in which he is held.

That there is no broad consensus on Button – he is highly regarded by many while others see him as an underachiever – is broadly reflective, and instructive, of his career. He is definitively better than his detractors claim but has also been subject to the limitations of his own driving style.

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Daniel Ricciardo: I can win the F1 world title, says Red Bull’s new No 1

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McLaren to announce decision on Jenson Button and drivers on Thursday

• Formula One team to confirm 2015 driver lineup
• Kevin Magnussen or Button to partner Fernando Alonso
• Button tells fans not to worry as McLaren discuss future

The Formula One team McLaren will announce their 2015 driver lineup on Thursday after calling a media conference at their technology centre in Woking.

It has been known for a while Fernando Alonso is to return to the team he left in inauspicious circumstances back in 2007.

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McLaren to announce decision on Jenson Button and drivers on Thursday

• Formula One team to confirm 2015 driver lineup
• Kevin Magnussen or Button to partner Fernando Alonso
• Button tells fans not to worry as McLaren discuss future

The Formula One team McLaren will announce their 2015 driver lineup on Thursday after calling a media conference at their technology centre in Woking.

It has been known for a while Fernando Alonso is to return to the team he left in inauspicious circumstances back in 2007.

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F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone disappointed with Sebastian Vettel’s attitude

• Ecclestone: Vettel has acted like ‘a defeated guy’
• F1 chief also admits Ferrari have been disappointing
10 issues still to be resolved in Formula One

The Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has criticised the four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel for the way he reacted to failure this year.

The German, who has now left Red Bull for Ferrari, ended the season without a win after dominating the previous four championships.

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Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen made to wait for McLaren decision

• Team delay decision over partner for Fernando Alonso
• Spokesman says no verdict until next week at earliest
• Button relaxed about future: ‘Don’t worry about me’

Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen will have to wait a few more days yet before discovering their fate with McLaren.

A team spokesperson has confirmed that there will not be any driver selection announcements until next week at the earliest. It means the 15-season veteran Button and the young Dane Magnussen continue to be left in limbo by the McLaren group chief executive, Ron Dennis, as they wait to discover which one of them will partner Fernando Alonso in 2015.

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FIA draws up F1 safety proposals after Jules Bianchi’s crash

• FIA panel presents findings in 396-page report
• Bianchi still unconscious and critical in a Nice hospital
Reaction to Jules Bianchi’s crash at Japanese GP
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Jules Bianchi did not slow enough before F1 crash, says report

• ‘Bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control’
• Marussia driver still unconscious in French hospital
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F1’s final race double points in GPs scrapped after only one season

• Unpopular innovation for final F1 race of season shelved
• ‘Virtual safety car’ introduced to grands prix next year
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