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Motor sport: pay to play, cheaply

Our man Foges puts the racing version of the Toyota 86 through its paces.

The Toyota 86 Racing Series is a way for young racing drivers to impress, at comparatively affordable cost, the bosses of teams at higher levels that they have what it takes.

Bottas takes Bahrain GP pole, Ricciardo fourth

On pole: Valtteri Bottas.

Valtteri Bottas pipped his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton right at the end of qualifying to take pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix as Australia's Daniel Ricciardo also finished with his best lap to take fourth on the grid.

Hamilton backs Button to replace Alonso

Answering the call? Jenson Button, pictured in 2009.

Lewis Hamilton hopes fellow Briton Jenson Button will make a comeback and replace McLaren's Fernando Alonso at next month's Monaco GP while the Spaniard is away competing in the Indianapolis 500 in May.

Mercedes galvanised after defeat, says Hamilton

Ready for battle: Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes are seeing red after losing out to Ferrari in the Formula One season- opener in Australia but the challenge from their resurgent rivals has had a galvanising effect on the champions, says Lewis Hamilton.