Ferrari wins the Australian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel won the opening round of the Formula One World Championship in Melbourne, Australia. The prancing horse beat favorites and 2016 world champions Mercedes to the line, with Lewis Hamilton finishing second and team-mate Valterri Bottas following in third place.

Ferrari showed good form in the pre-season tests, often setting the pace. However, between the different compounds of tires and fuel loads, it was anyone’s guess who held the advantage going into the first round of the season. Ferrari’s unusual silence on their prospects added to the fan frenzy.

During the practice sessions, Mercedes held the upper hand, as Ferrari struggled with set up and the lower than usual track temperature. Qualifying showed the ultimate pace of the Mercedes over a single lap with Lewis Hamilton comfortably taking pole position. It was all down to race pace on Sunday.

The new rules for this year saw aggressive looking cars with wider tires. Unfortunately, this meant that overtaking became harder than it already was. Even with DRS system to enhance overtaking, the nature of the Melbourne circuit along with the new aerodynamic meant that track position took on additional importance.

Ultimately, Ferrari was easier on its tires then Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton came out behind Max Verstappens Red Bull after his pitstop. Hamilton was unable to overtake the Red Bull, giving Vettel a chance to build a gap big enough to come ahead. Once Vettel came out ahead, he was able to pull out a 10 second gap on his way to victory.

The next round is in China.

Roundup: The first formula one test in 2017

Testing for the new season of Formula One kicked off at Barcelona this week. This test was the first time the public saw the new cars in action.

This year, F1 cars will sport larger tires and much more aggressive aerodynamics. The new rules had two clear goals: To make the cars faster (as much as five seconds faster) than 2016 cars and to make the cars look more aggressive.

The clear winner of the test was Mercedes. Usually, rule changes cause an upset of the order as one team figures out an advantage over the others. Unfortunately for those expecting a change, this time around, it looks like Mercedes came to the first test with a car that looks as solid and as fast (if not faster) than its predecessor.

Ferrari consistently topped the time sheets. It is clear that the new Ferrari is much faster and more stable than last years. However, journalists and F1 watchers believe that the majority of those laps were on low fuel.  Regardless, Ferrari has made a step forward and the second test will show if they can match Mercedes.

Red Bull started the test badly, with some reliability issues. By the end of the test, they had completed a decent amount mileage on the new car. They did not do any flying laps and did not appear to be in a position to challenge Mercedes domination just yet.

McLaren, the last of the big four, had a horrendous test. They will be hoping for a much better showing at the final test before the season opener in Melbourne.

Stocking Up for the Season: Tips for Coaches

Whether you’re coaching for your school, your local youth league or for a travelling league, it’s important to stock up on cheap soccer balls and basic equipment you’ll need. Cones, balls, netting and other basics will wear by season’s end. Plus, you’ll need more than one ball for practice purposes.

Basics

You can expect your kids to come equipped with soccer balls, except, kids forget things all the time. Take advantage of soccer balls with free shipping by ordering online. Many retailers will overnight them to you, just in time for your next practice. Probably two to four goal nets should do the trick. A good coach also comes prepared with things the players might forget, like an extra pair of keeper’s gloves.

Carry your equipment in a soccer backpack. Your needs will be different from most of your players, because you have more specific equipment you need. You might need pockets for playbooks and guides, or practice manuals, as well as a ball and your basic equipment for the pitch. The more pockets, the better.

Planning

Another concern is planning snacks and drinks for the game days. It’s not a requirement, but a fun tradition to have snacks after each game. Divvy this duty up among the parents, and make sure there is an agreed upon selection of snacks to choose from.

If you can, use an online app like Google Calendar to keep track of all of these changes. This way, everyone has access and can check which day is their day for snacks.

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Bottas to Mercedes, Massa to come out of retirement

Valtteri Bottas with lineup alongside Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Formula 1 season in March. The announcement from Mercedes capped a long saga after 2016 Champion Nico Rosberg announced his shock retirement from the sport.

“It’s mega to be driving a Silver Arrow this year,” said Bottas in an address to the workforce at Mercedes’ UK factory in Brackley. “I can’t wait to get working properly.

The second Mercedes seat alongside triple champion Lewis Hamilton is probably the most coveted seat in the sport. Mercedes have been the team to beat for the last three years, taking both the drivers and constructors championships. Even with the extensive rule changes in 2017, their domination of the sport is expected to continue.

Bottas was signed to the Williams F1 team for the 2017 season. His release was conditional on locating an experienced driver. This was made possible by Felipe Massa coming out of retirement to mentor 19-year-old teammate Lance Stroll.

Stroll is the son of a Canadian billionaire and has won every the championship in every category he has competed in thus far. Observers describe him as an exceptional talent. It was important for Williams to have an experience lead driver to temper the young charger.

Speaking of the moves, Claire Williams, Williams’ deputy team principal, said: “I’m delighted that Felipe has agreed to come out of retirement to be a part of our 2017 campaign. With Valtteri having a unique opportunity to join the current constructors’ champions, we have been working hard to ensure that an agreement could be made with Mercedes to give Valtteri this fantastic opportunity.

Williams is also a customer of Mercedes engines and is rumored to have negotiated a significant discount in order to release the highly rated Bottas.

Nico Rosberg is the 2016 Formula One world champion

At the end of a somewhat tense Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg was crowned the 2016 Formula One world champion. He beat his teammate and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton who although having won the race, was too many points behind to take the championship.

The race itself was a relatively uneventful one. The start saw Max Verstappen spin and go all the way down to last place. In what was the only entertainment in the race, he clawed his way back all the way to third. Thanks to a change in strategy he was able to pit once and leapfrog both Ferrari drivers and his teammate. He was eventually overtaken for third place by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel who stopped late and was on fresh tires.

It was this late charge by Vettel that caused the only bit of tension in the championship battle. Until then Hamilton was comfortably leading the race and Rosberg was following not far behind. The only way Hamilton would be able to win the championship is to take the victory and for Rosberg to finish fourth or below.

Hearing of the charge by the Ferrari driver, Hamilton ignored calls from his team and backed his teammate towards the Vettel and Verstappen. Ultimately, Rosberg was able to hold off Vettel for the final two laps and took the championship with his second place finish. His championship comes exactly 34 years since his father took the crown.

What are the physical demands of a professional sportsman?

What does it take to make it in professional sports? We all know that it takes talent and skill to make it up the ladder in sports, but there is also the physical side of it. What we don’t see is the sheer commitment it takes in terms of physical preparation. Here is a breakdown of what a typical professional sport requires:

Training

A typical training regime for such an athlete will involve training almost every day. In some sports, they train at least twice a day. The training will be a balance between sports specific training (like swimming) and other methodologies such as strength training. They are typically intense and grueling. In order to improve, they are pushed constantly to hit new targets.

Diet

The other side of this is diet. In order to repair the body and help recovery, the athletes need to eat the right food at the right time. Even actors that need specific physiques for movies will carry around bags of food given to them by their trainers. This level of eating is painful and is only done to ensure growth. Zac Effron is known to carry a bag with premixed protein shakes to drink every couple of hours.

Recovery

The final part is recovery. The human body can only recover so quickly from all that exercise. Even eating at a surplus and with supplements, we cannot support working out every day, let alone twice a day at those intensities. This is where techniques such as deep tissue massage and ice baths are thrown in between all the working out, eating and sleeping.

Where does Formula 1 get its revenue?

The sport of Formula 1 is considered the pinnacle of motor racing. Although it does not have a large footprint in the United States (it has one race in Texas), it has races on every continent. But how does the sport make its $3 billion in revenue?

The revenue stream for the sport comes from three sources:

The first revenue stream is from race hosting fees. Circuits pay the sport to be able to host and run a race weekend. This is the largest source of income for the sport and is how Bernie Ecclestone has been able to get revenues (and profits) to skyrocket. Because emerging economies want to get their countries on the map, they are willing to pay as much as $80 million per race.

The second revenue stream comes from TV rights. Sky reportedly paid F1 over a billion Dollars for six years of exclusive coverage starting from 2019. Thanks to these gigantic figures, the TV viewing figures have dropped considerably as free to air TV can no longer afford these fees.

The third revenue stream is from long-term advertising deals. Heineken has agreed to pay $150 million for the next five years to promote the sport. In addition, there are trackside advertising deals that also contribute directly to F1 and not the circuits.

Now with the sale of F1 to Liberty Media, it remains to be seen what track they will take when it comes to marketing the sport.

 

Daniel Ricciardo wins the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix

In a cruel twist of fate, a rare engine blowout on the Mercedes of British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton allowed the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo to take the win at the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit. Hamilton was cruising to what looked a like a strong lead in the world championship over teammate and rival Nico Rosberg.

A first corner drive by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel sent Rosberg spinning and to the back of the field. This left Hamilton to lead the two Red Bulls for the majority of the race. Kimi Raikkonen’s chances of making a bigger impact took a blow when a stray piece of debris went into his side pod, compromising engine cooling and as a result, they needed to run the engine on a lower setting.

There was a brief but exciting battle between the two Red Bull drivers. They were on the limit and at certain points, side by side going into turns five and six. It was an amazing display of driving between the two drivers, and confirmation that they are the most exciting driver pairing in F1.

A late virtual safety car gave the two Red Bulls a free tire change and cemented the first and second positions. The team did not exercise team orders and let Max Verstappen have a go at getting close to Ricciardo. The two drivers were too evenly matched which meant that Ricciardo kept his lead and got his first victory of the season after his run of bad luck this year.

Has Michael Phelps spoken to Ryan Lochte following the Rio robbery scandal?

dentsport aug 16The star swimmer Michael Phelps has spoken about Ryan Lochte’s involvement in the Rio robbery scandal, but has not spoken to Lochte directly.

He said that he thinks that the controversy will work itself out, because “good people taking care of it, so hopefully.”

Phelps arrived back in the US days after three other Team USA swimmers became the focus of the alleged robbery.

Phelps was met by reporters at Starbucks, when he addressed the news. Onlookers said that although the team has had to deal with a rough couple of days,  Phelps seemed relaxed during outing. He made sure he stopped to greet and thank fans, who congratulated him on his performance.

The Brazilian police said that both Congar and Bentz had been detained prior to leaving Rio. They were then questioned and they came forward and told authorities that the robbery was “fabricated.”

The police said that Lochte and his fellow swimmers, had stopped at a gas station to use the restroom. They had then noticed that the restroom was locked and had started breaking it down, when a security guard had approached them. They had paid the gas station manager approximately $50 for damages.

Lochte issued a statement regarding the controversy by saying “I want to apologize for my behavior last weekend—for not being more careful and candid in how I described the events of that early morning and for my role in taking the focus away from the many athletes fulfilling their dreams of participating in the Olympics,”

Jurgen Klopp talks about spending £100m on a player

dentsport july 2016The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said that he was alarmed by clubs that sign on players for large sums of money.

He said that he was not sure if any new faces were being signed on this season, however he is ready to kick off the season with the players on hand.

“If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney,” he said.

There is a history of expensive players signed on to clubs who spend most of their times in the treatment room. Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is a recent example. Although a lot of it can be put down to bad luck, every time he can’t play it is a massive loss to the club in terms of return on its investment. Even more so when the missed games are must wins.

He wants to do it differently. He even says that should he be given the option of spending that kind of money, that he would approach it differently. The primary focus behind it is to build a team like Barcelona did that can win titles and championships.

“Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money.

It is unclear exactly what he means but he wants to avoid picking from the same pool of players as everyone else.