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Schumacher 'better' but remains paralysed

Schumacher faces a lengthy road to recovery. Credit: PA

A friend of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has revealed the 45 year-old is making progress, but remains paralysed in a wheelchair without the ability to speak.

"Schumacher is better, but everything is relative," former F1 driver Philippe Streiff told F1i Magazine.

"He can't speak. He is paralyzed and is in a wheelchair. He has problems with memory and speech. As soon as he is with his family again, he will be able to recover faster, but it will be difficult."

Schumacher spent six months in a medically induced coma after suffering severe head injuries from a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013.

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F1 supremo Ecclestone sees no value in social media

Bernie doesn't see the point in social media. Credit: PA

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed suggestions the sport needs to engage with a younger audience and develop a greater awareness of social media.

Ecclestone and F1 have often been criticised for a lack of activity on Twitter, Facebook et al, which in turn could help attract a new fanbase.

Although television global audience figures remain high at around 350million per grand prix weekend, that has dropped from 500million in recent years.

I'm not interested in tweeting, Facebook and whatever this nonsense is.

I tried to find out, but in any case I'm too old-fashioned. I couldn't see any value in it.

And, I don't know what the so-called young generation of today really wants. What is it? You ask a 15 or 16-year-old kid 'What do you want?' and they don't know. The challenge is getting the audience in the first place.

I say to some of these people who start this nonsense about social media, look at what tobacco companies tried to do, get people smoking their brand early on because then people continue smoking their brand forever.

– Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone

F1 team Caterham aiming to raise £2.35m through crowd-funding

Administrators of Formula One team Caterham are crowd-funding in an attempt to raise £2.35million.

The money would allow them to take their place on the grid for the final raise of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Those willing to donate to #RefuelCaterhamF1 are being asked to provide at least £10 in exchange for a reward.

The Caterham factory is currently close. Credit: PA

Finbarr O'Connell, administrator and interim Caterham team principal, said: "We are working non-stop to get the team back racing, initially in Abu Dhabi.

"But hopefully that will be just a stepping stone to get it back racing on a permanent basis, under new ownership.

"In order to achieve that one of our most useful, innovative and effective options right now is crowd-funding."

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Mansell 'delighted' Hamilton has broken his record

Former F1 world champion Nigel Mansell says he's 'delighted' that Lewis Hamilton has broken his record of the most Grand Prix wins by a British driver.

Hamilton roared to victory in the US Grand Prix with a daring late move to seal the 32nd win of his career, surpassing Mansell's 31 victories.

"I think it's fantastic," Mansell told ITV News, "I'm delighted that Lewis is now on his way to a second championship win."

Mansell doesn't expect Hamilton to stop on 32 wins: "I expect his target will go up at least another 10 to 15 race wins over the next two years."

Mansell won the Driver's Championship in 1992 with Williams.

Hamilton makes British history with US Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton has won Formula One's US Grand Prix with a daring late move to set the new record for the number of race wins by a British driver.

Hamilton's 32nd victory saw him surpass Nigel Mansell's feat of 31 career race wins as he extended his lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg in the race for the 2014 drivers' championship.

Victory for Lewis Hamilton saw him extend his lead over team-mate and championship rival Nico Rosberg to 24 points with two races remaining. Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images
The British driver passed Germany's Rosberg late on to greet the chequered flag while Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third. Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

Bianchi still critical

Marussia driver Jules Bianchi remains "critical but stable" in hospital following his horrific accident at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5, his family said on Thursday.

The 25-year-old Frenchman suffered a diffuse axonal injury to his brain, where the damage is more widespread, after crashing into a recovery vehicle at Suzuka almost four weeks ago, and underwent immediate surgery upon his arrival at the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi.

Jules Bianchi crashed at the Japanese Grand Prix. Credit: PA

"It will be four weeks this coming Sunday since Jules' accident and he remains in the Mie General Medical Center in Yokkaichi," it read.

"His condition continues to be classified by the medical professionals here as critical but stable. Although we have no new information to give, we recognise that there are a huge number of people all around the world who are supporting Jules and willing him on in his fight.

"We owe it to his many fans to acknowledge the continued outpouring of messages, and to provide some information, however brief it may be."

F1 team Marussia in administration

The Marussia Formula One team have been placed in administration, administrators FRP Advisory have confirmed.

Marussia haven't had a tough year. Credit: PA

London-based restructuring and recovery firm FRP Advisory has taken on the role of administrator, and confirmed Marussia will miss this weekend's forthcoming United States Grand Prix in Austin.

A statement from FRP confirmed the company, known as Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited and trading as Marussia F1 Team, "will continue to operate while the joint administrators assess the longer-term viability of the company in its present form".

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