Three solutions for run-off areas in Formula One

During the last lap of the USGP at Austin, Max Verstappen overtook Kimi Raikkonen on the outside of the track and subsequently lost the place due to a penalty handed out minutes later. The penalty caused a lot of controversy but highlights one of the biggest issues in modern Formula One: run-off areas. In the last couple of years, use of run-off areas by drivers to gain an advantage has increased, making life difficult for the stewards. Here are three solutions for solving the problem:

Grass and Gravel

Traditional racing circuits had a very little run-off area, and the little they did was mostly grass or gravel. Probably the best way to ensure that drivers respect the boundary of the track and avoid using run-off is to convert circuits with tarmac run-off back to gravel or grass. When a driver goes off-line, he will pay for it, either with retirement or loss of time.

Grass Strips

One of the arguments against a gravel and grass run-off is its utility to other racing categories. The change would benefit Formula One, and possibly other four-wheel series. However, MotoGP and other bike series would protest at the change. Gravel especially increases the risk of spinal injuries during an accident. The solution: add strips of grass, creating a barrier between the curb and the asphalt run-off.

Penalty

The final solution involves no changes to the circuit. Instead, there should be clear penalties for any violation of track limites. For example, if a driver makes a mistakes and goes off-track, there should be an automatic penalty.

 

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.

Hamilton extends his lead in the Formula One World Championship

In the space of four races, Lewis Hamilton increased his lead in the World Championship and is now the favorite to seal the 2017 F1 World Championship, his fourth drivers crown. Here are the events that lead to his commanding lead:

Singapore

The Singapore Grand Prix was one to forget for Ferrari. The rain-soaked weekend saw a Ferrari on pole and the second row, with Hamilton far behind. Unfortunately, with Vettel cutting in on his right and a fast charging Kimi Raikkonen on his left, Max Verstappen had nowhere to go. The result was both Ferrari’s and the Red Bull out of the race and Hamilton in the lead.

Malaysia

The race in Malaysia was another nightmare for Ferrari. Due to an issue with the turbocharger, Vettel started from the back of the grid. Raikkonen made a mistake in the final qualifying run and conceded pole position to Hamilton. Vettel did the best he could and finished fourth. The second Ferrari did not even start the race due to the same turbo issue.

Japan

The race in Suzuka was probably the final nail in the coffin for Vettel championship chances. After starting second on the grid, the Ferrari developed an issue with one of the spark plugs and Vettel retired on the fifth lap. Hamilton held off a hard-charging Verstappen to claim victory and a 59 point lead.

With only 100 points left, it would take at least two retirements for Lewis Hamilton to see Vettel have any chance of fighting for the championship.

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

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The 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,”

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.

 

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.

Preview: 2018 Formula One season

We are a few weeks away from the start of the new Formula One Grand Prix season. Here is a preview of the 2018 season:

Mercedes

The Mercedes team and Lewis Hamilton look in the best position to win both titles this year. The car is an evolution of last years race, improving in every single area. Hamilton is probably in the best shape of his life, mentally, and physically, and will be tough to beat.

Ferrari

Ferrari looks like one of the two teams most likely to challenge Mercedes for the title. However, testing performance shows them still behind the Mercedes at long run pace. The question is will Vettel be able to keep it together in the car under pressure?

Red Bull

Although it is difficult to tell from testing, it appears that Red Bull could challenge both Ferrari and Mercedes for wins this season. The car is good, with the question mark around the reliability and power of the Renault engine. If the testing form is true, Red Bull should split the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers.

Others

McLaren looks in trouble, with a lot of embarrassing testing issues going into the first race. Toro Rosso, using the new Honda engines, racked up the most laps in testing behind the top two teams. The midfield looks extremely competitive this year, with Haas looking like the team made a huge improvement over the winter.

This season is shaping up to be an extremely exciting one, with the possibility of a three-team fight for wins and a competitive midfield.

Key changes to the 2018 Formula One season

The 2017 Formula One season pre-season was exciting because of a rule change that meant we would see completely different designs to previous years. Stable regulations are meant to change the status quo, sending the winner back and propelling new teams to the front. Sadly, Mercedes continued to dominate the sport, easily winning both titles. For the 2018 season, there are no headline changes, but enough to see some interesting concepts when the teams launch the new cars. Here are some of the changes that will affect the teams the most:

Halo

The Halo cockpit protection is the most controversial of the changes. Drivers and team principals are not happy with the addition, especially with limited testing. Also, the Halo crash tests require that the protection can handle the load of a bus. Every team talks about the challenge of incorporating the Halo and the aerodynamic changes that result.

Oil Burn

Mercedes (and to a lesser extent Ferrari) developed systems that would burn oil for more engine power. However, once other teams and the FIA got wind of the method, measures were put in place to limit the oil burn. The limits are now even more stringent this year and will ensure that oil burn is no longer a performance advantage.

Suspension

There are also limits on the effect suspension can have on the rake and aerodynamic performance of the car. Both Mercedes and Red Bull want the FIA to allow active suspension again, thereby eliminating any complex systems teams will develop to get around the new rules.

Wicketkeepers who are also great outfielders

Wicketkeeping is one of the toughest roles in modern cricket, and many of the same properties that make a great wicketkeeper also make a great outfielder. However, it is also hard for a wicketkeeper to make the transition to fielding. The lack of the gloves, the anticipation of the spin on the ball along the outfield are just a few reasons why. Despite all of these obstacles, there are some notable examples of wicketkeepers who became excellent fielders. They get the opportunity to shine as a fielder when they join a team purely as a batsman, which has a wicketkeeper. Here are some examples of cricketers that made the transition well:

AB de Villiers

Most people did not know that AB de Villiers started off his career as a wicketkeeper-batsman. AB is, without doubt, one of South Africa’s greatest batsmen and one of the best fielders in the team. He is a quick runner and even at his age of 33, can still throw himself to either side in close quarter fielding. De Villiers has made backward point his own and always fields there when it is needed.

Sam Billings

Sam Billings is England’s on-again-off-again wicket keeper batsmen. Although he plays more T20 games due to other issues, he is a natural athlete, and you can see how good a fielder he is when he is in the team as a batsman. Many will remember him for some of his spectacular catches in the last few years.

2017: Five unforgettable moments

2017 has been a great year for sports in general, with several noteworthy moments from around the world. Here we look at five of the most unforgettable moments in sport:

Rafael Nadal jumping on Roger Federer

The Laver Cup is not one of the premier tennis tournaments, but it produced one of the most memorable moments for the sport in 2017. It is one of the only tournaments where fans will see competitors pair up together and play as a team and is how we saw Rafael Nadal jumping on Roger Federer after winning. That moment showed how much genuine affection and rivalry the two tennis greats have for one another.

Barcelona’s comeback against PSG

It is ironic to talk about a Barcelona comeback against PSG with Neymar now on the side. However, it is still one of the greatest comebacks in a soccer series. Barcelona, down 4-0 at the Parc des Princes leg had no hope going into the second game at home. Unbelievably, the Blaugrana managed a 6-1 victory with Neymar in the driving seat.

Sebastian Vettel’s F1 season

It was a surprise to everyone at the start of the season when the new Ferrari looked a genuine title challenger. Sebastian Vettel has a lead in the World Championship, and it took two events to turn the season around completely. The first was a tantrum during the Grand Prix at Baku, where Vettel threw away an easy victory when he bumped into Lewis Hamilton. The second was a squeeze on Max Verstappen during the Singapore GP, eliminating him, Raikkonen, and Verstappen and handing victory and the lead in the championship to Lewis Hamilton.