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Jul 9

Corinna Schumacher returns to public with encouraging news

during previews to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on November 10, 2011 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Corinna Schumacher, seen here with husband Michael at the 2011 Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi, made her first public appearance in six months earlier this week. (Photo: Getty Images)

Corinna Schumacher has delivered an encouraging message about the progress of her injured husband.

Now out of his long coma, F1 legend Michael Schumacher was transferred from intensive care in Grenoble to a Swiss rehabilitation clinic three weeks ago.

No official updates have been provided since then, but his wife Corinna buoyed hopes this week when she appeared happy and beaming in a series of photos.

Jul 9

MotoGP: Honda signs new contract with Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the MotoGp of Catalunya- Free Practice at Circuit de Catalunya on June 13, 2014 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team rounds the bend during the MotoGP of Catalunya – Free Practice on June 13, 2014. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Honda Racing Corporation has officially announced an agreement with Dani Pedrosa that will see the Spanish rider remain in the factory Honda team for a further two years, until the end of 2016.

Pedrosa, who currently lies third in the World Championship – level on points with second placed Valentino Rossi – as the season reaches the halfway point, will extend his contract with Honda with whom he has raced in the World Championship since 2001.

Jul 8

Test drive: How a sports car should evolve – the 2014 Porsche 911

(Photo courtesy Porsche)

Seven generations later and the 2014 Porsche 911 still retains its same iconic look that it had in the 1960s. (Photo courtesy Porsche)

For a full half century now, the Porsche 911 has defined what a pure, no compromises sports car can, and more importantly, should be.

And during the last 50 years, the 911 has stayed laser-focused and true to Porsche’s vision of a sports car through countless automotive trends, market changes and fads.

If you bought a 911 new in 1964 and a 2014 model today, you would instantly understand the connection, how what the German automaker created way back when has evolved into what it is today. The new 911, now in its seventh generation, is every bit as targeted today as it was in ’64. And that’s a very good thing indeed.

Jul 8

MotoGP: Sachsenring layout expected to challenge Ducati in Germany

Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team heads down a straight during the MotoGP of Netherlands - Qualifying at TT circuit on June 27, 2014 in Assen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Andrea Dovizioso of Italy and Ducati Team heads down a straight during the MotoGP of Netherlands – Qualifying on June 27, 2014. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

After the satisfaction of Assen, where Andrea Dovizioso finished second, the Ducati Team now arrives in Germany for the ninth round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the Sachsenring circuit.

The Sachsenring is one of the shortest and slowest circuits on the calendar, but it is by no means an easy track. Its counter-clockwise layout contains several truly difficult curves, as well as a number of ups and downs.

Jul 8

F1: Massa fastest as Silverstone test kicks off

Felipe Massa paced the opening day of testing at Silverstone just two days after being caught up in an opening-lap collision during the race. (Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT Photographic)

Felipe Massa paced the opening day of testing at Silverstone just two days after being caught up in an opening-lap collision during the race. (Photo: Zak Mauger/LAT Photographic)

Felipe Massa was fastest for Williams at Silverstone on Tuesday as the teams stayed on for two days of running after the British GP.

It was a largely uneventful day, with three teams represented by test drivers: Ferrari (Pedro de la Rosa), McLaren (Stoffel Vandoorne) and Caterham (Will Stevens).