Team prospects for 2016 Formula 1 season

first_imgTeam by team prospects for the 2016 Formula One season (listed in 2015 championship order, numbers are those the drivers have selected for the duration of their grand prix careers):MERCEDES44-Lewis Hamilton (Britain), 6-Nico Rosberg (Germany)Champions, winners of 32 of the last 38 races and absolutely the team to beat. The car ran as if on rails in testing, completing nearly 20 race distances over eight days. Some fear they have yet to show their real pace and could be way ahead. Hamilton is chasing a fourth title, and third in a row, while Rosberg ended 2015 with three successive poles and wins. Out of contract at the end of the year, he must take the fight to Hamilton and try to win a first crown.Likely outcome: Champions again, maybe not so dominant.FERRARI5-Sebastian Vettel (Germany), 7-Kimi Raikkonen (Finland)The sport’s oldest, most glamorous and successful team closed the gap last season and won three races — the only team other than Mercedes to claim a victory. The new car has been quick in testing, topping the timesheets more than any team and setting the fastest laps of the eight days. Rosberg suggested they could be very close, others are less certain. Ferrari themselves appear quietly optimistic that the gap has closed further. Raikkonen is out of contract at the end of the year.Likely outcome: Runners-up with race wins, closer than 2015.WILLIAMS19-Felipe Massa (Brazil), 77-Valtteri Bottas (Finland)Third for the last two seasons, punching above their budget weight thanks to Mercedes engines and helped by Red Bull and McLaren’s woes with the Renault and Honda power units. Hanging on to third will be hard but the car has looked quick and nimble in testing, ironing out the slow-speed cornering problems of last year. Bottas is overdue a first win and, with a Ferrari seat likely up for grabs, knows this is the time to step up. Massa is looking for a contract extension.Likely outcome: Third/fourth. More podium appearances, maybe first win since 2012.RED BULL3-Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), 26-Daniil Kvyat (Russia)Likely to be a lot more competitive than last year, even if the first half of the season could see them playing catch-up. The engine is the weakest link, the Adrian Newey-penned aerodynamic package likely to be among the very best. Ricciardo is champing to get back to winning ways, while Kvyat is hungry for a first win. Both will also be looking over their shoulders, with Max Verstappen on the rise at sister team Toro Rosso.Likely outcome: Third/fourth. A transition year but potential race winners if others drop the ball.FORCE INDIA27-Nico Hulkenberg (Germany), 11-Sergio Perez (Mexico)Last year was the team’s best ever. They have looked quick in testing, but lap times can flatter to deceive with soft tyres and low fuel. Holding on to fifth is definitely possible, but much will depend on how competitive McLaren and Renault (ex-Lotus) are. Both drivers have bags of experience and can win in the right car. They certainly have the right engines (Mercedes).Likely outcome: Fifth/sixth. Podiums a possibility.RENAULT (Previously Lotus)20-Kevin Magnussen (Denmark), 30-Jolyon Palmer (Britain)Renault bought struggling Lotus in December, leaving little time to ramp up development. The engine has switched from Mercedes which means Renault have less horsepower. The French carmaker has set a target of podiums within three years, which seems unambitious but is probably realistic. New team boss Frederic Vasseur has a stellar track record in junior series. Magnussen has been given a second chance he is unlikely to squander. Rookie Palmer will have his work cut out.Likely outcome: A year laying the groundwork. Seventh.TORO ROSSO33-Max Verstappen (Netherlands), 55-Carlos Sainz (Spain)Now equipped with last year’s Ferrari engine in place of the Renault, which promises to be a step up in the short term, Toro Rosso are looking to score well in the opening rounds. The later part of the season could be less rewarding. The car has been quick and reliable in testing and is a nice-looking package. The team has the youngest line-up in Formula One but both drivers are big talents with bags of speed and everything to play for.Likely outcome: Moving up. Fifth or sixth.SAUBER9-Marcus Ericsson (Sweden), 12-Felipe Nasr (Brazil)Tight budget constraints and ongoing financial problems will limit development, while U.S.-owned newcomers Haas have supplanted the Swiss outfit as Ferrari’s main customer team. The Ferrari engine will still keep Sauber competitive and the car has looked reliable with plenty of testing laps.Likely outcome: Slipping down the table. Points will still be hard to get and Haas have the same engine.Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso will be desperate to see an improvement in this year’s McLaren after a nightmare 2015MCLAREN14-Fernando Alonso (Spain), 22-Jenson Button (Britain)Things can only get better for the struggling former champions after a dire 2015, their worst ever season. Honda have improved the engine reliability, the chassis is good and the performance gap has closed. How much remains to be seen. This could be 2009 world champion Button’s last year, with Belgian reserve Stoffel vandoorne waiting in the wings.Likely outcome: Fighting for fifth at best. More points, but podiums unlikely.MANOR RACING94-Pascal Wehrlein (Germany), 88-Rio Haryanto (Indonesia)A much brighter season in prospect for last season’s tail-enders, the ex-Marussia team who have only ever scored points in one race. Mercedes engines, new management, new car and a hotshot young driver in 21-year-old Wehrlein — the Mercedes reserve and youngest ever DTM (German Touring Cars) champion — have shifted them up a gear.Likely outcome: Points, perhaps from more than one race if they are lucky.HAAS F18-Romain Grosjean (France), 21-Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico)The new team on the grid, and first U.S.-owned entry in 30 years, Haas are well-funded and working closely with Ferrari. The car has been designed by Italian manufacturer Dallara and got off to a good start in testing. Grosjean brings experience and speed, while former Ferrari reserve Gutierrez has plenty to prove after a year out and two difficult seasons before that at Sauber.Likely outcome: Points, joining in the midfield battle.THE CARS[smart-photo width=”100%” height=”600px” background_color=”#ffffff” text_color=”#121314″ title_expanded=”true” thumbnails=”false” thumb_type=”square” transition=”scaleDown_moveFromLeft” transition_backward=”moveToTopEasing_moveFromBottom”][smart-photo][/smart-photo]THE DRIVERSTop row (L-R) Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel, Williams F1 driver Valtteri Bottas, Red Bull Racing F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, Force India F1 driver Sergio Perez, Renault F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, Toro Rosso F1 driver Max Verstappen, Sauber F1 driver Marcus Ericsson, McLaren F1 driver Fernando Alonso, Manor Racing F1 driver Pascal Wehrlein and Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean.Bottom Row, (L-R) Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg, Ferrari F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen, Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa, Red Bull Racing F1 driver Daniil Kvyat, Force India F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg, Renault F1 driver Kevin Magnussen, Toro Rosso F1 driver Carlos Sainz, Sauber F1 driver Felipe Nasr, McLaren F1 driver Jenson Button, Manor Racing F1 driver Rio Haryanto and Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrezlast_img read more

Former Man City striker Tevez to discuss new Juventus deal

first_img1 Carlos Tevez – the former West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City striker – will soon sit down to discuss a new deal at Juventus.The Argentinean returned to Upton Park last week to play for his country but he won’t be returning to England to play his club football for the foreseeable future with a new deal in Italy on the cards.The player’s representative Kia Joorabchian told LeSport10: “Carlos has another year-and-a-half contract with Juventus, so the best thing is to manage the situation carefully, step by step.“When the time comes to sit down at a table, then we will talk with Giuseppe Marotta (Juventus sporting director) of the possibility to extend.” Carlos Tevez in action for Argentina last_img

Anti-war activist Sheehan will run for seat in House

first_imgLast month, she announced her intention to run against Pelosi if the speaker didn’t move to impeach Bush by July 23. On Thursday, she said Pelosi had “protected the status quo” of the corporate elite and had lost touch with people in her district, most of whom, she said, want American troops out of Iraq. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Citing her son as inspiration, a tearful Cindy Sheehan announced her candidacy Thursday for the U.S. House of Representatives. The anti-war activist is running as an independent against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has represented San Francisco in Congress since 1987. “The country is ripe for a change,” said Sheehan, who spoke at a podium with her son’s photograph attached to it. “It’s going to start right here and right now.” Sheehan’s 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in 2004. Since then, she has gained international notoriety by setting up camp outside President George W. Bush’s Texas ranch and demanding to meet with the president. last_img read more

Lazio star set to stay in Serie A despite Chelsea and Manchester United interest

first_imgLazio star Keita Balde Diao will remain in Serie A and will not consider joining Chelsea or Manchester United, according to Corriere dello Sport.The 22-year-old has risen to prominence this season, with a string of fine displays and has attracted the interest of several top clubs around Europe.However, these latest reports suggest Balde is willing to stay put at Lazio or consider the advances of Italian champions Juventus.Both Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with summer moves for the promising midfielder but may have to reconsider their options given his desire to stay in Italy.The Senegal international performed well at this year’s African Cup of Nations, further enhancing his growing reputation.Balde has scored eight goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for club and country this season and his future will remain a hotly-disputed topic heading into the summer window. 1 Keita Balde Diao has shone for Lazio last_img read more

Europe’s best attackers 2017-18 revealed and ranked, including Kane and Lukaku

first_img =4. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) has 11 goals and two assists this season, totalling 13 goal actions in 11 games =14. Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) has six goals and three assists this season, totalling nine goal actions in nine games – click the right arrow to see the best players in Europe ranked by goal actions in 2017-18 =4. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) has 11 goals and two assists this season, totalling 13 goal actions in 10 games 20 =14. Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria) has six goals and three assists this season, totalling nine goal actions in 10 games 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) has 12 goals and three assists this season, totalling 15 goal actions in 10 games 20 20 20 20 20 =9. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) has 10 goals and one assist this season, totalling 11 goal actions in 10 games =14. Simone Zaza (Valencia) has nine goals and zero assists this season, totalling nine goal actions in 10 games 20 =14. Malcom (Bordeaux) has five goals and four assists this season, totalling nine goal actions in 11 games 20 =14. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) has seven goals and two assists this season, totalling nine goal actions in eight games =14. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) has eight goals and one assist this season, totalling nine goal actions in nine games 1. Ciro Immobile (Lazio) has 14 goals and six assists this season, totalling 20 goal actions in 11 games 3. Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) has 13 goals and one assist this season, totalling 14 goal actions in nine games 20 =4. Nabil Fekir (Lyon) has nine goals and four assists this season, totalling 13 goal actions in 10 games 20 20 20 20 =11. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) has seven goals and three assists this season, totalling 10 goal actions in 10 games If asked to name the best attacking player of the 2017-18 season across Europe, the usual names would pop up.Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale would be expected candidates at the top of that ranking, but the stats tell a different story.Based on total goal actions (total goals + total assists) in 2017-18, Ciro Immobile has been the greatest attacker throughout Europe’s top five leagues, with an incredible 20 goal actions (14 goals and six assists) in just 11 matches.In fact, the Lazio forward has both scored the most goals AND recorded the most assists in Serie A so far this termBut who ranks alongside Immobile as the best attacking players in Europe in 2017-18? Click the right arrow, above, to see the top 20 players in Europe ranked by total goal actions…*Only including players from Europe’s top five leagues (English Premier League, Spanish LaLiga, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A), and only counting goal actions made in league appearances. All data correct as of October 30, 2017. =7. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) has seven goals and five assists this season, totalling 12 goal actions in eight games 20 20 =11. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) has 10 goals and zero assists this season, totalling 10 goal actions in 10 games 20 =11. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) has seven goals and three assists this season, totalling 10 goal actions in seven games 20 =14. Gonzalo Higuain (Juventus) has six goals and three assists this season, totalling nine goal actions in 11 games 20 20 =7. Dries Mertens (Napoli) has 10 goals and two assists this season, totalling 12 goal actions in 11 games 20 =9. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) has six goals and five assists this season, totalling 11 goal actions in 10 games last_img read more

Spurs rest Harry Kane for final Champions League clash, but Dele Alli will start

first_img Dele Alli will start for Spurs against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday 1 Harry Kane will be among five key Tottenham players rested against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday but Dele Alli will start, according to Mauricio Pochettino.Kane, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris were all absent from training on Tuesday, with Pochettino confirming only those involved at Hotspur Way are in contention.Spurs have already secured first place in Group H meaning the likes of Fernando Llorente, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Juan Foyth are expected to be given a chance in the dead rubber at Wembley.Nineteen-year-old striker Kazaiah Sterling and 20-year-old midfielder Luke Amos, both academy graduates, will also be in the squad.Alli, however, who missed the first three group games through suspension, will play as the midfielder bids to recover both form and confidence.“I think I am my own biggest critic,” Alli said.“Every time I know when I’m not playing well and if it’s not going well for me, it’s important that I keep working hard and trying every day to learn and improve as a player.”Alli added: “Obviously I would like to be at my highest level in every single game and every training session but I don’t think that’s possible.“So I think it’s been a good opportunity for me to learn more about myself as a player and as a person, so I’m looking forward to it and I’ve got to keep enjoying it.”Like Tottenham, Alli has saved his best performances for the Champions League this season as Spurs have now gone four Premier League matches without a win.The dip has seen them fall 18 points behind Manchester City and four adrift of the top four.“It’s not unusual for a team to have a dip in form,” Alli said.“There’s nothing to worry about for us. We’ve got a great team, a great manager, great staff, so we’re looking forward to getting into the next game and getting going.”Pochettino refused to be drawn on the comments made by former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg that he had “allowed Tottenham to self-destruct” during last year’s game against Chelsea that handed Leicester the title.The Argentinian also discounted reports suggesting Toby Alderweireld could need 14 weeks to overcome his hamstring injury. Alderweireld sustained the injury against Real Madrid on November 1.“He is going to take a scan next week and we are going to see what happens,” Pochettino said.“I think it is misinterpreted or something. What I am sure is it will not take 14 weeks more.”Victor Wanyama is also out with a knee injury while Erik Lamela, just back from a hip problem, is ineligible as he was not included in the club’s initial Champions League squad.last_img read more

Lennon: That’s biggest battering I’ve given Rangers as boss

first_img“I don’t feel hard done by. I thought we were sensational. We didn’t get what we deserved.“Sometimes, that’s football. We’ve hit the post twice, worked the goalkeeper, we missed good chances first half. I think the goalie should do better with the two goals. He’ll have to look at that himself.“In the throes of the game we were outstanding. The two wingers in the second half were unplayable. We can’t keep putting in good balls and not get on the end of things. That’s the only frustration for me, really. We flashed umpteen balls across the box and they went begging.“However, our standard of football was superb. We really got to grips with the game and thoroughly deserved at the very least a point.” Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon saw his side lose 2-1 at Easter Road but said his team handed Rangers the biggest battering in any of his games against the Ibrox side.Lewis Stevenson had put Hibernian ahead before goals from Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos gave Rangers the upper hand before the break. In the second half, Hibs created numerous chances and were denied a penalty in a controversial moment but Lennon was impressed by his side’s overall performance.“I’ve been involved with Celtic and it’s probably the biggest battering I’ve given to Rangers as a manager,” he said. “Second half we were just camped in and the quality of football and the pace that we played with was fantastic to watch.“I’m disappointed to lose the game but I’m delighted with the overall performance. There was a lot of quality out there tonight. The coach was clear that his side should have had a chance to level from the spot when Rangers defender David Bates used his hand to control the ball.“It’s a clear handball,” he said. “It’s as clear a handball as you will see.“His hand is on the ball. He’s even leaned into it. The linesman’s got a great view of it so how he can’t give it is beyond me.“You can tell by the reaction of the players as well. We didn’t get a great view of it from the dugouts, obviously, but when you see it again it’s as blatant a penalty as you’ll ever see.“It’s a disappointing decision, a very disappointing decision.”last_img read more

Opportunity for all is Murphy’s law at Hearts academy

first_img“I think that’s what the club’s burning ambition is – that whether you are a boy or a girl, you will be treated the same.”Murphy cut his teeth in coaching with Hamilton Accies women before working with younger national teams for the Scottish FA.He then took charge of Rangers women before overseeing the whole women’s and girls’ set-up at Manchester City, where the huge investment in the game sees the female and male stars rubbing shoulders at the vast Etihad Campus training facility.Looking back on his two years at City, Murphy said: “It was an unbelievable experience. It is not just a massive club in world men’s football but also in women’s football. The new head of Heart of Midlothian’s women’s and girls’ academy left one of the most successful clubs in the world because he wants to replicate its success in Scotland.Kevin Murphy quit Manchester City’s famous academy to return home and guide Hearts as they bring the women’s game officially into the club for the first time.Murphy said: “Whether you are a boy or a girl, you should have the same dreams and aspirations.“If you are a young girl growing up a Hearts fan and you want to play for Hearts, then you should have that dream to go and do that. “I learned so much there, it is such a high-performance environment that you cannot but learn from it.“I saw from day one just how inclusive the club was. It was not just a tick-box for them to have a women’s and girls’ programme. It was a part of the family.“It is part of what they do and they celebrate its success.“I think in Scotland we still have a lot of work to do to achieve that. It is great that more clubs are now taking ownership of their women’s teams but we have to make sure it isn’t just a tick-box exercise.“I have to say that in my first few months at Hearts that is all I have got – that there is a real want and need to join everything up so that we can reflect and hopefully emulate the success of Manchester City in terms of how [the women’s team] is perceived.“That is my driving ambition here.”Hearts: Girls will get the same training as boys. STVHearts women will not officially come under the club’s banner until November, when a six-figure investment in the first team and academy sides comes to fruition.The boys’ academy will be replicated for girls who will receive the same levels of coaching at the club’s training base at Oriam, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.Murphy took up his role at Hearts in January and is working towards the November opening, including recruiting players and coaches.While the training infrastructure is almost identical to the one established for the boys, Murphy admitted there are some differences in approach that have to be considered.He said: “The example I always give is; if you ask a bunch of boys to run round the pitch, they will go and do it. If you ask girls, they will ask ‘why?’.“Girls just tend to be more inquisitive, they want to know why they are doing things in training and they will challenge you as a coach.Shelley Kerr has led Scotland to the World Cup. SNS“But primarily they are the same, and primarily the girls in the academy will all be treated the same as the boys, which I think is a huge step forward.”Women’s football in Scotland has taken major strides in recent years due to the success of the national team qualifying first for the European Championships, and in June it will compete in the World Cup for the first time.Allied to progression from the Glasgow City and Hibernian women’s sides in the Champions League, Murphy believes there has never been a better time to invest in the game.He said: “I have been involved in women’s football for 14 years and the growth and development of it in that time has been unbelievable.“For Shelley [Kerr] and the team to get to the World Cup now is massive but we have got to make sure that we capitalise on it.“There are more girls playing football than ever before but we have got to still increase that.“At the grassroots we need to not just increase numbers but increase the quality so that we continually qualify for championships.”last_img read more

Troxler announces availability of farmland preservation grants; application deadline is Dec. 16

first_imgCounty governments and nonprofit groups pursuing farmland preservation projects have until Dec. 16 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations for traditional farm preservation projects and conservation easement applications to protect military-base and training buffers. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 16.The fund’s purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands to foster the growth, development and sustainability of family farms.Grants can be awarded to secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production; to support public and private enterprise programs that promote profitable and sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestland activities; and for the development of agricultural plans. Military-designated grants are restricted to easement-related projects.The grant application and guidelines for the current funding cycle are available atwww.ncadfp.org/CycleX.htm. Call 919-707-3072 with any questions.last_img read more

Mint.com’s New iPad App Offers Better Engagement

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Finance#web Related Posts Personal finance manager Mint.com just released their long-awaited iPad app. It is now available in the iOS App Store.The Mint iPad app offers a more engaging way to view your finances than the browser-based service can. The app’s home screen lets users move through their finances at a glance; the charts module at the top shows graphs of spending overview, spending over time and net income. The app takes advantage of multi-touch gestures for navigation, prioritizing swipes over a cumbersome “back” button. There’s also a search function that allows users to search transactions by merchant, categories or tags.The Mint iPad app also gives users the opportunity to add expenses, which comes in particularly handy if you prefer to pay in cash but still want to use the app. alicia eler A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Mint.com was founded in 2006 as one of the first financial information sites that acknowledged a very simple idea: People would prefer to see a easy-to-view dashboard of all their financial accounts. Mint.com achieves all of that by aggregating checking, credit card, and loan accounts in one simple UI. The site was re-designed in 2008. Intuit bought the company in 2009.Because Mint.com was originally built for a Web-browsing experience, using it on the iPad has been less than optimal. It was only a matter of time before Mint launched an iPad app, something discussed at SXSW 2011. Tablet-users prefer to engage with their devices in the evenings. They read magazines, books and newspapers, play games and watch videos. Organizing personal finances using a slick, easy-to-use interface like the Mint iPad app seems like a natural addition to these more leisurely activities that iPad users tend to do in the home.Image via tuaw.com. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more