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London (AFP) - An unexpected start, a dramatic opening lap and two late rain showers enabled Formula One to answer its critics in emphatic fashion as Lewis Hamilton triumphed on home soil in Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Dale Earnhardt Jr won the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway, where Austin Dillon's spectacular crash punctuated the finish in the early hours of Monday morning.

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Fernando Alonso finally scored what he described as "the first point of many" for struggling McLaren when he finished 10th in Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were left frustrated and at loggerheads after seeing their bid for a bold Williams one-two at the team's home British Grand Prix undone by rain showers and pit-stops.

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton admitted Sunday he relished the moment when Felipe Massa beat him to lead at the start of the British Grand Prix and set up his barn-storming battle for a dramatic victory.

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel rejected claims that his podium finish in Sunday's British Grand Prix was a Christmas gift, the former four-time champion insisting that he and Ferrari had earned third place on merit.

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Nico Rosberg believed he was on course to win Sunday's British Grand Prix when Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton made his decision to pit for intermediate tyres in the rain-swept closing laps.

Red Bull Racing might have just taken a step closer to solving their engine problems and getting themselves a Mercedes package next season.

Warsaw (AFP) - Sebastien Ogier is on course to extend his World Rally Championship title lead after holding off team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen on the third day of the Rally of Poland on Saturday.

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Fernando Alonso on Saturday warned disappointed McLaren fans that things will be worse, before they are better, after he and Jenson Button failed to progress from Q1 at the British Grand Prix.

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton moved to third place on Saturday in the list of all-time Formula One pole sitters when he secured his eighth pole spot in nine races for Sunday?s British Grand Prix.

Mikolajki (Poland) (AFP) - France's two-time world champion Sebastien Ogier finished the second day of the Rally of Poland in the lead but not looking forward to having to be first out on Saturday.

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel was unconvinced by Ferrari?s strong form in Friday?s free practice sessions for the British Grand Prix and forecast that Mercedes will improve and pull clear in qualifying on Saturday.

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Nico Rosberg stamped his authority on Friday?s preparations for this weekend?s British Grand Prix by clocking the fastest time in both free practice sessions while Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled to find any rhythm.

Two-time world champion Sebastien Ogier began the defence of his Rally of Poland crown in sparkling fashion on Thursday winning the day's only special stage in Mikolajki to the north east of Warsaw.

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