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Q&A with McLaren's Jenson Button

Q: How does it feel to start the season as the defending champion? Is it a different mindset to previous seasons?
Jenson Button: I'm actually really looking forward to the start of the season. It will be a thrill and an honour to sit on the grid with the number one on my car - it'll actually be the first time in my car racing career that that's ever happened - but I won't be spending too much time thinking about the drivers who want to take it away from me. Obviously, my aim is to retain the title and we'll need to start the year extremely strongly if we're going to achieve that because, more than ever these days, world championships seem to be won at the start of the season rather than at the end of it.

Michael Schumacher Q&A: Still plenty of work to do

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Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP PETRONAS MGP W01 With just over two weeks to go until the Bahrain Grand Prix, 11 teams are testing at Barcelonas Circuit de Catalunya this week. Mercedes GP are amongst those in action, keen to make the most of the dwindling track time left before Marchs Sakhir race. Although Michael Schumacher only managed to clock the seventh-fastest time in the MGP W01 on Friday, he remains confident his car wont let him down as he targets a fruitful 2010 season…

Michael Schumacher Q&A: I am fully convinced that we have a car that is able to fight for the championship.

Michael Schumacher. Presentation of the Mercedes GP PETRONAS MGP W01 Formula 1 teamQ: Are you aware that you are a love-hate figure?
Michael Schumacher: I simply think that if you are around as long as I have been there will always be people who follow you more and some who follow you less. But to be able to be around for so long, I sometimes had to close myself up a bit. It may be the same again this time.

Raikkonen confirms WRC drive for 2010

Kimi Raikkonen has ruled himself out of a Formula One drive for next season following confirmation that he will compete for Citroens Red Bull-backed junior team in the 2010 World Rally Championship (WRC).

Ross Brawn: Button a deserving world champion

Brawn GP team principal Ross Brawn has paid tribute to driver Jenson Button after the Englishman secured his first drivers title with a fifth-place finish in Sundays Brazilian Grand Prix. The race also saw Brawn wrap up the constructors championship at their first attempt.

Felipe Massa Q&A: Brawn threat is genuine

Ferrari have looked quick and consistent throughout winter testing and Felipe Massa is going into the new season with high hopes that 2009 could be his year. According to the Brazilian, the F60s KERS system is working well and the car should be competitive. His only fear is that a new team led by a certain former Ferrari technical director could be quicker still…

Bourdais confirmed at Toro Rosso for 2009

After months of waiting, Sebastien Bourdais has finally been told he will retain his race seat with Toro Rosso for 2009, lining up alongside Swiss newcomer Sebastien Buemi.

The Formula One driver market - who goes where in 2009?

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With the 2008 Formula One season rapidly reaching its climax, the bulk of the teams have already settled their driver line-ups for next year. However, there are still a few notable question marks. We take a team-by-team look at who is definitely going where for 2009 - and review the speculation on the remaining unknowns...

Phil Hill, 1927 - 2008 - Ferrari pay tribute

Phil Hill, the United States first Formula One world champion, has passed away aged 81. Hill, who took the 1961 drivers title with Ferrari, died on Thursday in Californias Salinas-Monterey Hospital of complications from Parkinsons disease.

Raikkonen: qualifying improvement key to title hopes

Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen believes he must solve his recent qualifying troubles if he is to have any chance of retaining his Formula One drivers crown. Raikkonen has been sixth on the grid at the last two rounds, effectively preventing him from fighting for victory at either race.

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Alonso: Renault out to spring a surprise in Valencia

While some Formula One drivers never get the chance to compete in front of their fellow countrymen on home soil, Spaniard Fernando Alonso is currently in the privileged position of preparing for his second home race of the season. And after retiring from Aprils Barcelona event Alonso is eager for a better result in Valencia.

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2012 Race Drivers

Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber
Lewis Hamilton
Jenson Button
Fernando Alonso
Felipe Massa
Michael Schumacher
Nico Rosberg
Kimi Räikkönen
Romain Grosjean
Paul di Resta
Nico Hulkenberg
Kamui Kobayashi
Sergio Perez
Daniel Ricciardo
Jean-Eric Vergne
Pastor Maldonado
Bruno Senna
Heikki Kovalainen
Vitaly Petrov
Pedro de la Rosa
Narain Karthikeyan
Timo Glock
Charles Pic

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