Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton marks 200th race with victory

first_imgLewis Hamilton celebrated his 200th Formula One race in style on Sunday with a pole-to-flag Belgian Grand Prix victory for Mercedes that halved Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to seven points.The Briton’s fifth success in 12 races this season, and 58th of his career, came a day after he equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 pole positions.”Sebastian put a great fight on but this is what I said I was coming to do so I did it,” Hamilton told the crowd from the podium.Vettel finished second for Ferrari, 2.3 seconds behind, after pushing his rival all the way without being able to get close enough to make a move stick in what amounted to a two-horse race of relentless pressure.”It was really intense because every lap I was waiting for Lewis to do a mistake. He didn’t,” said Vettel, whose next race is Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix at Monza.3rd win in Spa 58th career victoryA memorable 200th race for @LewisHamilton#BelgianGP ???? #F1 Formula 1 (@F1) August 27, 2017″He was probably waiting for me to make a mistake. I didn’t,” added the German, who set a race lap record of one minute 46.577 seconds in the closing stages.With eight races remaining, four-times champion Vettel has 220 points and Hamilton Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) August 27, 2017Australian Daniel Ricciardo took third place for Red Bull after a storming re-start following a late safety car period that had closed the gap to the frontrunners and triggered a flurry of pitstops.advertisementRicciardo, on fresh ultra-soft tyres, passed Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas to surge into the top three, with the Finn also losing out to the Ferrari of compatriot Kimi Raikkonen as he ran wide.Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth for Renault, Romain Grosjean was seventh for Haas and Brazilian Felipe Massa took eighth for Williams.Reuters Photo MAX RETIRES”It’s pretty much for all the Dutch here, so thanks for hanging around,” said Ricciardo, whose teenage team mate Max Verstappen retired shaking his head in sheer frustration after eight laps.It was his sixth retirement in 12 races.”There are so many fans paying a lot for the tickets and you finish like this. That cannot happen with a top team,” said Verstappen, whose orange-clad compatriots accounted for a majority of the crowd.LAP 9/44: Heartbreak for @Max33Verstappen’s fans ??The Dutchman has to retire after losing power… #BelgianGP ???? #F1 Formula 1 (@F1) August 27, 2017While Hamilton and Vettel played out their own private duel, there was plenty of action further down the field with the Force India duo of Mexican Sergio Perez and Frenchman Esteban Ocon playing a starring role.The simmering pair clashed twice, the second time bringing out the safety car when Ocon — who finished ninth — tried to get past on the run down to Eau Rouge and was almost squeezed into the wall.”I can accept the first one — perhaps he couldn’t see me but the second one was ridiculous. He was risking our lives. He risked my life,” said a furious Ocon.Debris from his car’s broken front wing littered the track while Perez’s right rear tyre was punctured, leaving him limping back to the pits on a rim.”It looked like Sergio squeezed Esteban into the wall and came out the loser of that scrap,” the team’s chief operating office Otmar Szafnauer told Sky Sports television, warning that the team would read the riot act.”We’ve let them race up until now. If they can’t do it in a manner which is good for the team, then they won’t be racing any more,” he said.Spaniard Fernando Alonso was also an unhappy man in the McLaren, the double world champion making a storming start but his Honda-powered car’s lack of speed leaving him with an impossible task and increasingly frustrated before retiring.”Embarrassing, embarrassing,” he had said earlier.last_img read more

Conte: Christensen can become Chelsea great

first_imgChelsea Christensen can emulate John Terry at Chelsea – Conte Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 06:30 12/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andreas Christensen Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Antonio Conte AFC Bournemouth The Blues defender was compared by his manager to the recently departed club legend ahead of the Carabao Cup clash on Wednesday Antonio Conte is hoping that Andreas Christensen can follow the same path as John Terry and go on to become a Chelsea legend.Terry was considered one of the great centre-backs of his generation and led Chelsea to five Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, one Europa League and one Champions League title in his two decades at the club.After Terry departed the club, Christensen has established himself in the first team at Chelsea having taken David Luiz’s place in recent weeks. In fact, he’s started in all seven games since he was picked ahead of Luiz for the Manchester United game in November.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Conte thinks that he sets the standard for the youngsters coming through the academy and he has leadership potential for the future, as he follows in Terry’s footsteps. “This is a big comparison. Also, don’t forget, John Terry wrote the history of this club and won a lot,” Conte said at Cobham Training Centre. “I think he has the right characteristics to play for this club for many years, to become an important player for this team, for this club.Then I hope and I wish Christensen to have the same career as John. I wish this for him. This is my best wish for him. His performance were amazing. Every time I decided to give him the opportunity to play, he played with an amazing performance.Andreas Christensen GFX“These performances convinced me that Christensen has to play with regularity. Christensen is maybe the best surprise from the start of this season, despite his young age. I think that, for us, he’s been the best surprise: for me, the club, his team-mates, the fans.“Yeah, yeah. It’s not simple to see this composure, this calmness in a young player. Don’t forget, he played big games with great calm and great focus and concentration. We must be happy because, I think, Chelsea found a player who can have the same career as some of the best defenders here, in my opinion.”I hope that Christensen helps me to make sure that happens. He’s a serious person, always committed in training sessions. He doesn’t speak a lot. He prefers facts to words. All characteristics… I can predict for him a fantastic career.”Christensen has only made the breakthrough at Chelsea this season after playing 82 games for Borussia Monchengladbach over his two-year loan over in Germany. He is set for new contract talks in the near future as his value for Chelsea has risen with only two-and-a-half years left on his current deal. Conte thinks that Christensen is happy to remain at Stamford Bridge after getting the game time he needs to take his footballing abilities to the next level. “Yes, I think this situation is for the club. My task is to improve the players during training sessions, to improve the players in every moment when he stays with us, on or off the pitch. But, for a new contract? This situation is for the club to face and find the right solution.Andreas Christensen GFX“But the player is very happy to stay with us and play with this regularity. I think that, maybe, the expectation wasn’t so optimistic. To arrive in a great team like Chelsea and play every game, every game. But he did. I’m a coach and, if you deserve to play, I don’t care if you are only 21 or 17 years old.”My first game in my career was when I was 16 years old in Serie A with Lecce. I think I’m the first person to be open to give these opportunities if, I repeat, you deserve it. Not just because you’re a young player. But you must deserve to play; have the right commitment and attitude in training.”Yes, for sure [he could be a future captain]. When you start to play in a great club like Chelsea, for sure, the future is yours.”Christensen’s next appearance in senior football will be his 120th across his time at Chelsea, Borussia Monchengladbach and his national team, Denmark.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Jio eyes foothold in entertainment industry

first_imgReliance Jio launches free 4G feature phone aka ‘JioPhone’ with unlimited voice, dataRIL AGM via YouTubeMukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has seen phenomenal growth over the last two years. After disrupting the telecom market with its cheap plans, the company is now eyeing the lucrative entertainment industry with plans to set up its own production house.The news comes from an unnamed source, who told Livemint: “Content market is still not properly tapped… Reliance has hired a bunch of scriptwriters and content creators and is in the process of setting up a huge production house.”If the report is accurate, it would mean that the company will create its own web series and short film taking on Netflix and Amazon’s over-the-top (OTT) services. The conglomerate will be banking on its 215 million subscribers to ensure the service is well received, and with plans to roll out JioGigaFiber, that number will only be higher.Currently, Jio offers video content in partnership with third-parties such as ALT Balaji, Eros and Reliance-owned Viacom through its Jio Cinema app.At a shareholder meeting recently, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani said that video consumption has grown from 165 crore hours per month to 340 crore hours per month. The rise in part is due to the lowering cost of data plans, that Jio introduced when it entered the market.The report said that the content ecosystem business is being spearheaded by Jyoti Deshpande, former managing director at Eros. She has joined Reliance as head of the media and entertainment business. The source went on to add that Reliance has already got 20-25 creative people on board, and is targeting launch within 4-6 months of some web series. RIL has been aggressively expanding its presence in the OTT space, having purchased 24.9 percent stake in Balaji Telefilms last year, and 5 percent stake in Eros International in February this year. Earlier, Jio and Hotstar partnered up to offer JioTV to users. Reliance also owns Viacom18, which has a wide variety of entertainment channels such as Colors and MTV. Sacred Games posterTwitterWhile Jio’s entry into the content space is unlikely to shake up Netflix and Amazon’s dominance in the short run, it will have massive implications in the long run despite both companies investing heavily in Indian content. The news will also be good news for budding artists, who are looking for a big break and now have more options to chose from.last_img read more