Lewis Hamilton received the backing of both his own team boss and that of Mercedes’ closest rivals in the wake of his latest disappointment. His battle to cling on to the world title for a third straight year was almost over as the Briton hastily left Japan on Sunday afternoon. His sluggish start to the race at Suzuka left team-mate Nico Rosberg with the simplest of tasks to claim a fourth win in five and extend his championship lead to 33 points.
McLaren's running on the third day of pre-season testing stopped just before lunch because of a problem with Fernando Alonso's Honda engine. Testing can be an event for sitting around drinking coffee and the like. And McLaren's drivers have had more time to do that than they would care for this week.
Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a white Christmas in Canada as he hit the slopes for some snowboarding. The F1 world champion was wrapped up warm as he went snowboarding with some of his friends, including American racing driver Ken Block. The 29-year-old shared a selection of pictures on Instagram of him having fun in Canada.
Red Bull trophies theft: About 20 of F1 team's prizes stolen in ram raid from Milton Keynes base found in lake near Sandhurst
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 December 6. Thames Valley Police said that around 20 of the prizes were recovered from Horseshoe Lake near Sandhurst Monday after being spotted by a member of the public.