Advertisements


Hamilton earns 99th career pole at Emilia Romagna GP

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 99th career pole position in qualifying Saturday for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with Red Bull's Sergio Perez starting alongside the seven-time world champion's Mercedes at Imola......»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnApr 18th, 2021

Bottas snatches F1 pole from Hamilton

Imola---Valtteri Bottas said he had “the shakes” after  snatching pole position for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton with a dramatic late lap in qualifying at Imola on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2020

Verstappen wins chaotic Imola classic

Imola, Italy---Max Verstappen kept his cool to claim a chaotic rain-hit Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday as seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton recovered from a rare mistake to sneak in second......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2021

Hamilton hints at leaving Formula 1

Imola---Lewis Hamilton stunned Formula One on Sunday when, hours after winning the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, he admitted that he did not know if he would still be in the sport next season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Hamilton dedicates majestic Belgian pole to Chadwick Boseman

Lewis Hamilton delivered two successive record breaking qualifying laps to claim his sixth Belgian Grand Prix pole position and a record-increasing 93rd of his career with a flawless demonstration of speed on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

Hamilton roars to sizzling Spanish GP pole

Lewis Hamilton roared to a record-increasing 92nd Formula One pole position of his career on Saturday when he outpaced Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a sizzling qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 16th, 2020

Dominant Hamilton cruises to 85th win

Lewis Hamilton secured his first win of the season and the 85th of his career with a perfectly-judged victory from pole position as Mercedes delivered a one-two finish in Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix. The six-time world champion bounced back from a disappointing season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on the same Red Bull Ring circuit a week […] The post Dominant Hamilton cruises to 85th win appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 12th, 2020

Hamilton to start 5th at US Grand Prix as he chases F1 title

By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lewis Hamilton's race start at the U.S. Grand Prix will be far from ideal. His position in the season championship is still just fine. The Mercedes driver will start a distant fifth Sunday after a disappointing qualifying where teammate Valtteri Bottas grabbed the pole position with a lap record at the Circuit of the Americas. Hamilton has been a dominant force on the Texas track where he's won five times since 2012, but none of those victories came from starts behind the front row. So Hamilton will be chasing Bottas for the win, but he could just settle in for a cruise to a sixth career Formula One championship. Bottas has to win to extend the championship. Hamilton only needs to finish eighth or better to secure the title. He could even do it if he finishes ninth but grabs the single point awarded to the driver with the fastest lap. Hamilton hasn't finished lower than ninth this season and was down there only once — in the rain in Germany. "It was nothing to do with the car, it was just me," Hamilton said after qualifying. "I just didn't pull the laps out. The car had the capability to be on the front row. I just didn't do it today. I'll try to rectify it tomorrow." Bottas is the only driver still mathematically alive in the championship, even if just barely. He expects Hamilton to drive to win, at least for a while. "From what I know about him, he'll be there fighting hard. Lewis hates to lose. He wants to win like all of us do," Bottas said. "He doesn't need many points. He'd like to win the championship in a nice way. Obviously, I'll try to delay that." Bottas won his 11th career pole with a lap record of 1 minute, 32.029 seconds that beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by just 0.012 seconds. Hamilton has called the U.S. Grand Prix "good hunting ground" for him based on his past success. He race win in clinched the 2015 clinched the season championship. That was the last time he's ended the title chase with a victory. His 2017 and 2018 championships were secured in Mexico City despite running some of his poorest races of those seasons, and didn't finish on the podium either time. After winning last week in Mexico City , Hamilton said he'd like to clinch this year's title with a win. The Texas track seemed the ideal place to do that considering Hamilton's record there, but now he's trying to buck a trend: No winner at the Circuit of the Americas has started from behind the front row. Germany's Michael Schumacher has the most F1 championships with seven won between 1994 and 2004. A sixth title would move Hamilton into second place by himself, breaking his tie with Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five titles in the 1950s. In front of Hamilton to the first turn Sunday will be Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. Verstappen hoped to challenge for pole position but a tire lockup early in his final lap killed his chance. Leclerc put in a solid qualifying after engine trouble in Saturday's final practice. Ferrari had put a new engine in his car for this week's race, but it had an oil leak that caused smoke to billow out of the rear end. Ferrari put Leclerc's old engine back in the car to avoid taking a grid penalty and he still finished ahead of Hamilton. Qualifying was all kinds of stressful for Hamilton. He nearly collided with Verstappen early in the session, an incident that could have doomed both cars had they hit each other. Verstappen said he was lining up behind Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat as the cars were getting ready to start a lap when Hamilton suddenly drove between them. Verstappen swerved and drove through the grass to regain position in front of Hamilton. It was the latest dustup between the drivers. "Everybody was lining up to make space and Lewis drove by like nobody was there," Verstappen said. "He didn't care.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2019

Hamilton beats Ferrari front row to Mexico City win

By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Lewis Hamilton got the Mexican victory party he craved. He'll have to wait another week for a sixth career championship. The Mercedes driver overcame Ferrari's front-row start to win the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday, pushing him so close to the season championship that he's all but guaranteed to win it next week at the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas. "I don't mind. I love racing," Hamilton said after climbing out of his car with a wave to the massive crowds at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. "This is a race I've wanted to win for some time. It came together nicely." It came together because Hamilton overcame damage to his car floor from an opening-lap collision with Red Bull's Max Verstappen, and then managed an early tire change for a shocking 48 laps to drive away with a comfortable win over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Only Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas' third-place finish denied Hamilton the season championship by the slimmest of margins. Hamilton needed to beat Bottas by 14 points, but picked up 10 instead while earning his 10th win of the season and 83rd of his career. That sends the championship to next week's U.S. Grand Prix, where Hamilton has won five times since 2012. He clinched the 2015 title there. "It's been a good hunting ground for me," Hamilton said of the Texas race. But Mexico City was a big prize he badly wanted. Hamilton had won the 2017 and 2018 championships here, but fared poorly in both races and didn't make the podium either time. Drivers call the Mexico City winners' celebration the biggest and wildest of the season, and Hamilton hadn't stood there since his victory in 2016. "You could see someone else on the podium celebrating the win and you wanted to do that," Hamilton said. Leclerc and Vettel had started 1-2. Red Bull's Max Verstappen had been stripped of pole position for driving too fast under a yellow flag after Bottas' crash in the late stages of Saturday qualifying. That penalty also let Hamilton start third with a chance to chase a win and the championship. Ferrari protected the lead from the start as Vettel moved to edge out Hamilton on the long opening straight. Hamilton then fell to fifth after tangling with Verstappen on the second corner as they bumped tires and both cars went into the grass. Hamilton's tire change on Lap 23 proved pivotal as he inched toward the front, but it wasn't without worry. "It feels like we stopped too early," Hamilton radioed his garage. "This is a long way to go on these tires, man." Ferrari split its pit strategies with Vettel stopping once and Leclerc twice. Both drivers yielded the lead for fresh tires. Leclerc finished fourth. "I think we were confident if we split the cars we would cover both options," Vettel said. "Neither (Mercedes) or us expected their tires to last that long." And Hamilton just kept going. "He was cruising," Vettel said. "Our strategy could have been sharper." Bottas earned his podium in a car that had to be repaired overnight after his hard crash in qualifying. His pushing Vettel from behind late in the race helped ease pressure on Hamilton at the front. "The car felt good, as good as before the crash," Bottas said. "I had a small headache in the morning. I don't know if that was the tequila or the crash." Verstappen had a miserable start before rallying to finish sixth. Driving aggressive after getting bumped off pole, the two-time defending race champion fell to eighth after the clip with Hamilton. Verstappen fought back to pass Bottas on the second lap, but suffered a tire puncture on the move when he touched Bottas' front wing. The tire shredded off and Verstappen drove nearly an entire lap with a bare wheel as the field passed him by. "I always leave Max a lot of space," Hamilton said. "That's the smartest thing you can do.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 28th, 2019

Verstappen stripped of pole at Mexican Grand Prix

By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Max Verstappen was fastest on the day. Ferrari will still start from pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix. Red Bull's two-time defending race champion was stripped of the No. 1 position for the race Saturday after race stewards determined Verstappen violated safety rules when he didn't slow down final lap when Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas crashed ahead of him. Bottas' hard crash ended qualifying in the final minutes and Verstappen thought he had snatched a surprise pole from a Ferrari team that had been dominant in qualifying the last five races. Instead, Ferrari gets another 1-2 front row with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel while Verstappen drops to fourth behind Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. That's a key bump for Hamilton, who can clinch the season championship with a podium and he finishes 14 points ahead of Bottas, the only driver still mathematically alive in the title chase. Verstappen had surprised the field with the speed to overtake the Ferrari and he'd already run a lap fast enough to get pole position. But with the Ferraris still out, Verstappen was gunning for another fast lap. Bottas was just ahead of him and slammed hard into the wall rounding through the final corner. Verstappen zipped past him and later admitted in the post-qualifying news conference that he didn't slow down. That drew a summons from the race stewards and the penalty about three hours later. The entire scenario gives Hamilton a better chance to close out the championship on a race track that has not been kind to him in recent years. Hamilton clinched the 2017 and 2018 championships in Mexico City but ran poor races both times. Bottas' car took extensive damage and the overnight rebuild could bring grid penalties that knock him from his sixth place starting position. A sixth career championship would put Hamilton just one behind the record seven won by Michael Schumacher. If he doesn't close it out this week, the championship will extend to next week's U.S. Grand Prix in Texas, a race Hamilton has won five times since 2012......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2019

Verstappen takes 1st career pole position at Hungarian GP

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Max Verstappen produced a near-perfect lap at the Hungarian Grand Prix to take the first pole position of his Formula One career on Saturday. The Red Bull driver set a track record with 1 minute, 14.958 seconds and then beat it again with 1:14.572. It was another boost for the 21-year-old Verstappen, who has won two of the past three races to creep into outside contention for the title race. "This feels good, this feels really good," said Verstappen, who became the 100th F1 driver to take a pole. "This one was missing. ... It was only a matter of time." Verstappen is the youngest driver to win an F1 race — he was 18 when he won the Spanish GP in 2016 — and is the fourth youngest to take pole. He sits behind Fernando Alonso, Charles Leclerc and record-holder Sebastian Vettel, who were all also 21. Valtteri Bottas qualified in second place ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, the five-time F1 champion who was chasing a record-extending 88th career pole and record-equaling seventh at the Hungaroring circuit to match F1 great Michael Schumacher. Leclerc, who took his first career pole in Bahrain in March, placed fourth ahead of his Ferrari teammate Vettel. The Ferraris were quickest in the first sector of qualifying but both tailed off. Leclerc recovered well after spinning the car in the first part of qualifying, known as Q1, sliding backward into the barriers and drifting back onto the track as a Williams car came flying past. Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Pierre Gasly qualified sixth ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris, who has impressed in his debut season. But Daniel Ricciardo, a winner of seven F1 races, was among the five drivers eliminated from Q1. Ricciardo, who left Red Bull and made a surprising move to join Renault, starts from 18th place. Renault struggled again as German driver Nico Hulkenberg was among the five eliminated from Q2. Earlier, Hamilton had the fastest time in the third and final practice ahead of Verstappen. Hamilton leads the championship by 41 points ahead of Bottas, who is fighting for a new Mercedes contract next year, with Verstappen 63 points behind in third place heading into the mid-season summer break. After Sunday's race, F1 resumes at the Belgian GP on Sept. 1......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Vettel under increasing pressure heading into German GP

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Given Sebastian Vettel's lack of form, the last place he might want to race this weekend is his home grand prix in Germany. Hockenheim serves as a painful reminder to Vettel because his title bid started to unravel at the track last year. He was leading Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One championship, and comfortably leading the race heading into the closing stages. Then, he crashed into the barriers and gifted Hamilton a win. Although the rain was falling hard it was a mistake unbefitting of a four-time world champion, especially considering he was under no pressure from Hamilton at the time. "I won't forget that race, that moment," Vettel said. "That was a mistake and it was costly. Very costly." It proved to be a turning point. Hamilton took command in the title race, just like in September 2017 when Vettel's title bid crumbled following a crash from pole position in Singapore. The errors have been piling up for Vettel, while the wins have not, and his composure remains a talking point in F1. That's all despite Vettel having 230 races and 115 podiums, including 52 wins in a career spanning 12 years. At the British GP two weeks ago, he misjudged an overtaking move and slammed into the back of Max Verstappen's Red Bull. Vettel apologized in person to the irate Verstappen, a winner in Austria the previous race, but it was yet another baffling error from Vettel. Unfortunately for Ferrari, which last won the drivers' championship with Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, these mistakes are becoming commonplace. Vettel was in contention to win the Canadian GP last month, too, but seemed to panic when Hamilton's Mercedes appeared behind him and he swerved off and back onto the track. Vettel was handed a time penalty for unfairly impeding Hamilton, costing him the win. Vettel's last victory was at the Belgian GP last August, a barren run of 18 races. "I always put myself under pressure so I can't be happy with things going wrong. The pressure I put on myself is bigger than any external factors," Vettel said Thursday. "For me it's the most straightforward way to deal with (things) myself. Because I know what I've done wrong, what I've done right. You are always your best judge." The pressure on Vettel to start delivering for Ferrari is mounting. He has one year left on his contract after this season, and questions are being asked as to whether he should be the team's No. 2 driver behind Charles Leclerc. The 21-year-old Leclerc is only in his second year in F1, having replaced Raikkonen at Ferrari after impressing with Sauber. Leclerc has not won a race, although he came close in Bahrain and in Austria, but has shown greater speed and composure than Vettel in recent weeks. Vettel, although the vastly more senior driver, leads Leclerc by only three points — with Vettel fourth and Leclerc fifth in the standings. Leclerc is aiming for a fifth straight podium finish and a third pole position of the season. By comparison, Vettel has no podiums in the past three races and four in 10 so far, with one pole position. Vettel's ongoing woes, and the ongoing debates at Ferrari, are great news for Mercedes. Hamilton's main rival is not Vettel or Leclerc, but Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Although Bottas started the season strongly, Hamilton leads him by 39 points approaching the halfway point of the season. Bottas, who is second overall, has not won since Azerbaijan in April. Hamilton's quest for a sixth world title, which would move him one behind German great Michael Schuamcher's F1 record, is gathering momentum. The 34-year-old British driver has won five of the past six races, and counts 80 overall as he chases Schumacher's all-time record of 91. Ferrari seems powerless to stop him. "We are trying a lot of things to make it better. The motivation is high to get the job done with Ferrari," Vettel said. "Mercedes does have an edge over everybody else. In terms of raw speed, they're the benchmark ... I want to win but also I'm realistic, coming here I don't feel we're the favorites.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2019

Bottas, Verstappen crashes overshadow Austrian GP practice

By Eric Willemsen, Associated Press SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen both crashed and seriously damaged their cars during the second practice ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix as the high-altitude track in the Alps showed its perilous side on Friday. Mercedes and Red Bull blamed gusty winds in the montane surroundings for the incidents, which caused the 90-minute session to be red-flagged twice. A third big-name driver narrowly avoided a similar crash as Sebastian Vettel also spun off the track but his Ferrari came to a standstill just before the barriers, limiting damage to his tires only. Before his crash, Bottas posted the second fastest time of the session, trailing Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc by 0.331 seconds. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who led the first session in his Mercedes, had the fourth best time, 0.443 behind Leclerc. Bottas slammed his Mercedes into the barriers after he lost control of the rear and spun off the track at Turn 6, leaving the front of his car heavily damaged. The mishap came less than 15 minutes after Verstappen slid off the track backward in Turn 10, badly damaging the right rear of his Red Bull. "Hard to say what happened, maybe it was the wind," Verstappen said. "It's still only Friday so we have time to repair everything for tomorrow." Bottas and Verstappen are the last two winners of the race, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Neither was hurt in the crashes. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said Bottas couldn't be blamed. "Suddenly you have three, four kph more and you are beyond the limit," Wolff said about the strong wind affecting the drivers. Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko added that Verstappen "wasn't driving faster as before in that turn but the gust just swept away the rear." The incidents made for probably the most eventful practice of the season, hours after Hamilton posted the fastest time in the first practice. The British five-time world champion led Vettel by 0.144 seconds, with Mercedes teammate Bottas 0.161 slower in third. Bottas, who earned his first career podium on this track in 2014 and started the last two years from pole, had missed the first half hour as his power unit had to be replaced to fix an oil leak. Leclerc and Verstappen were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Practice was cut short after Niko Hulkenberg lost the left front wing of his Renault on the curb. Many racers, including Hamilton, damaged their front wing on the high edges of the track, called "yellow sausages" by many. TIRED OF TIRES While the opening practice showed Mercedes' unbeaten streak might continue this weekend, an attempt from various teams to create a more level playing field failed earlier in the day. At the center of the discussion was the new type of tires introduced by supplier Pirelli this season. They have a reduced tread gauge which should cut down on blistering. While most teams have found them unpredictable and have struggled to adapt to them, the new tires seem to perfectly fit the strategy of Mercedes, which has won all eight races this season, including six 1-2 finishes. To open up the battle for victories and make the races more appealing again, various teams, led by Red Bull, have been suggesting a midseason return to last year's rubber. But in a meeting with all team principals, Pirelli, and governing body FIA, the proposal failed to get the mandatory support of at least seven of the 10 teams. Apart from Mercedes, the idea was also rejected by Williams, Racing Point, McLaren and Renault. One of the reasons for the dismissal was the lack of data, as teams could only guess how the 2018 tires would work under the 2019 cars. Hamilton initially had been critical of the new tires during preseason testing, but has meanwhile slammed the idea of switching back to the old ones. "Last year you had to manage the tires to a temperature, which means you had to do more lifting and coasting. It was a lot worse," said Hamilton, who attended Friday's meeting. "That's an example again of different teams pushing for different things for their own personal goals rather than for the sport's." Tire management will become a key factor during Sunday's race with temperatures expected to rise up to 33 degrees Celsius (91 F) in thin air......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

Hamilton grabs pole in Monaco

It was an emotional Hamilton’s second pole in Monaco and the 84th of his career as he dug deep in the final seconds to find the speed required to grab the prime grid position from his team-mate......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 26th, 2019

Azarcon earns surprise world title shot

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Big Yellow Boxing Gym’s top prospect, Clyde Azarcon just got the biggest break of his young boxing career after landing an unexpected world title shot for the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) world minimumweight title. The 26-year old Davao City native, who is now based in Cebu City under Big Yellow […] The post Azarcon earns surprise world title shot appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

Checo and Ocon stars clash and red flag in P1 from Imola GP

EFE Imola, Italy / 16.04.2021 05:37:54 The first free training session for Grand Prize for Emilia-Romagna from Formula One Interrupted by Red flagAfter an accident.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

Hamilton: Rule changes designed to & lsquo;peg us back& rsquo;

Sakhir, Bahrain---Lewis Hamilton said Mercedes will rise to the challenge of coping with the Formula One rule changes designed to “peg us back” after he was beaten to pole at the Bahrain Grand Prix by Max Verstappen on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2021

Gilas women prospect de Jesus earns high praise from Duke coach

The first-ever Asian to play for Duke University's women's basketball program, de Jesus was touted highly by first-year head coach Kara Lawson after a career-high 17-point showing in just her second game with Duke on Sunday (Monday, Manila time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

Hamilton looks to steer Mercedes to seventh world title

Imola—Fresh from his record 92nd career win last Sunday, Lewis Hamilton will be the centre of attention again this weekend when his Mercedes team aim to seal a record seventh constructors title......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 29th, 2020

Alex Eala earns praise from Rafael Nadal after French Open stint

Nadal, who recently won his 13th French Open title for his 20th career Grand Slam, congratulated the 15-year-old on twitter days after her campaign ended......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2020

Bottas exploits record-chasing Hamilton& rsquo;s troubles in Russia

Sochi—Valtteri Bottas took full advantage of a troubled day for his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to claim the ninth win of his career with a measured drive to victory in Sunday’s incident-packed Russian Grand Prix......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020