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Two German World Cup players involved in car crash

Two members of Germany's World Cup team - defender Benedikt Hoewedes and his Schalke teammate Julian Draxler - have been involved in a high speed car accident in Italy.

Both players were passengers in the cars driven by Mercedes DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein and Formula One star Nico Rosberg, during a promotional filming day, when two pedestrians were injured.

(File Photo) German DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein drives his Mercedes AMG in Germany. Credit: David Ebener/DPA/PA

Rosberg, winner of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, was not involved in the accident, which occurred on closed roads.

A statement from Mercedes read: "While driving on a closed route, DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein injured two people who were unexpectedly in the road.

"They are both receiving medical treatment. Pascal was unhurt. We deeply regret this accident and wish the injured parties a speedy recovery.

"We will, of course, support the authorities in investigating the circumstances of the accident."

Mercedes to show support for lost plane at Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will show their support to the lost Beijing bound plane at the Malaysia Grand Prix this weekend, by displaying a ‘Pray For MH370’ message on the side panels.

Hamilton also tweeted his sympathies to the families and friends of the passengers, along with a picture of the hashtag #PrayForMH370.

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Silver Arrows hope to hit target with new F1 car

Mercedes unveil new F1 car Credit: PA

Northamptonshire-based F1 team Mercedes has unveiled its newest car at Jerez in Spain this morning.

The team are there for pre-season testing. The team has hailed the F1 W05 car as the first all new Mercedes to compete in Formula One since 1954.

Lewis Hamilton snaps team-mate Nico Rosberg at the launch Credit: PA

More details on the Mercedes website

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Hamilton crashes new Mercedes at Jerez

Mercedes F1 at Jerez Credit: PA

Lewis Hamilton's first day behind the wheel of his Mercedes F1 car built at Brackley in Northamptonshire resulted in a crash into a tyre barrier. It was on the second day of testing at the Spanish Circuito de Jerez this morning.

The 28-year-old from Stevenage locked up into turn six and ploughed through a gravel trap into the tyre barrier. It's thought a fault in the front suspension caused the crash.

Yesterday Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg ground to a halt after just 14 laps when an electrical fault led to a fire in the rear of the new Mercedes.

Hamilton 'very excited to begin new chapter'

Lewis Hamilton will join Mercedes from next season on a three-year contract.

The decision to leave McLaren after a 14-year association with the team has been described by one source close to Hamilton as "the toughest of his career".

In a statement Hamilton said: "It is now time for me to take on a fresh challenge and I am very excited to begin a new chapter racing for the Mercedes Formula One Team. Mercedes-Benz has such an incredible heritage in motorsport, along with a passion for winning, which I share."

Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He added: "Together, we can grow and rise to this new challenge. I believe that I can help steer the Silver Arrows to the top and achieve our joint ambitions of winning the world championships."

Perez 'honoured' over McLaren future

I was brought up on the great stories of Ayrton Senna's many world championship triumphs for McLaren, and I'm truly honoured they've chosen me to partner Jenson (Button) from 2013 onwards.

I've spent the 2012 season working very hard to demonstrate my potential, but I've always remained humble and focused.

While I'm still fully focused on doing my best for Sauber for the remainder of this season, I'm already massively looking forward to working with everyone at McLaren.

– Sergio Perez

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Lewis Hamilton to leave McLaren for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton will end his 14-year association with McLaren at the end of the season and switch to Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton during Practice Day at Silverstone Circuit Credit: Press Association

The 27-year-old driver will reportedly sign a three-year deal worth £15 million a year.

According to reports today in several British newspapers, an announcement could come later on Friday.

Hamilton's contract negotiations have been a running saga all season.