Motor racing - Leclerc burnishes his Ferrari credentials

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc burnished his prospects of eventually replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari with a stunning eighth place in qualifying for the French Grand Prix on Saturday.

Force India fined 100,000 euros for loose wheel

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - Force India have been fined 100,000 euros ($116,550), with 85,000 of the total suspended for a year, after a rear wheel flew off Sergio Perez's Formula One car at speed in French Grand Prix practice.

Hamilton on pole in France with Vettel third

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the French Grand Prix on Saturday with Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas alongside him on the front row.

Bottas leads rainswept final practice in France

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - Rain washed out most of the final French Grand Prix practice session on Saturday with Valtteri Bottas topping the timesheets for Mercedes.

F1 hopeful of Silverstone deal after Spa renewal

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - Formula One bosses are hopeful that a deal can be reached with Silverstone to keep the British Grand Prix on the calendar after next year's race, having agreed an extension with Belgium.

McLaren open to Ricciardo, Red Bull confident he will stay

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - McLaren openly expressed an interest in Australian Daniel Ricciardo on Friday, but Red Bull boss Christian Horner was confident the Australian Formula One driver would be staying with his team.

French Grand Prix returns with traffic gridlock

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - The first French Grand Prix in a decade produced traffic gridlock on Friday, with some frustrated fans missing out on the action after hours spent in tailbacks on the way to the circuit.

McLaren F1 team plagued by chocolate frogs

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - McLaren were plagued by questions about chocolate frogs on Friday after media reports that some employees of the Formula One team had been given cheap confectionary as a reward for their hard work.

Hamilton fastest in French Grand Prix practice

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton made the most of a more powerful new Mercedes engine to lap fastest in free practice for France's first grand prix in a decade on Friday.

Grosjean has his confidence back, says Steiner

LE CASTELLET, France (Reuters) - French driver Romain Grosjean is in good spirits and confident for his first home grand prix despite a run of accidents and races without scoring a point, according to Haas team boss Guenther Steiner.