Monthly Archives: September 2019

F2 drivers Nobuharu Matsushita and Nikita Mazepin rushed to hospital after horror crash at Russian Grand Prix

F2 stars Nobuharu Matsushita and Nikita Mazepin were involved in a horror crash at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Both drivers were rushed to hospital after smashing into the wall during the first lap of the Sochi race, which was postponed as a result.

There were fears for both drivers, particularly Matsushita, who appeared worse off

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The FIA allayed fears surrounding Matsushita and Mazepin by confirming neither of them suffered fractures.

“Both Nobuharu Matsushita and Nikita Mazepin are being transferred to hospital,” an FIA tweet read.

“Neither driver suffered fractures as a result of the Lap 1 incident.”

Lewis Hamilton takes advantage of Ferrari meltdown to claim Russian Grand Prix victory

Lewis Hamilton took advantage of a Ferrari meltdown to win the Russian Grand Prix and tighten his grip on a sixth world championship.

In a calamitous few laps for Ferrari, the Italian team threw away a certain one-two finish after Sebastian Vettel broke down and Charles Leclerc dropped from first to third.

Hamilton edged closer to another world title

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Valtteri Bottas followed team-mate Hamilton home at the Sochi Autodrome as Mercedes secured the full quota of points on a day to forget for those dressed in red.

Hamilton now leads Bottas in the championship by 73 points with just 130 remaining. Leclerc is 107 points behind the British driver.

Max Verstappen finished fourth ahead of Red Bull team-mate Alex Albon, who started last after he crashed out of qualifying.

“What an effort, guys,” said a jubilant Hamilton on the radio. “What an incredible job. That is exactly what we needed. We never give up.”

Ferrari had already got themselves into a needless mess before Vettel retired with an engine failure on lap 28.

Sebastian Vettel ends Formula 1 victory drought with controversial win ahead of Ferrari team-mate Charles LeClerc in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel ended his 22-race losing streak by controversially beating Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc to victory at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The four-time world champion jumped a furious Leclerc in the only round of pit stops to take to the top step of the podium for the first time since last year’s Belgian Grand Prix in August.

Max Verstappen finished third for Red Bull with Lewis Hamilton only fourth.

Vettel celebrates his victory in Singapore

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Hamilton had been in contention for victory at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, but a poor strategy by his Mercedes team ensured the championship leader dropped two places.

Hamilton, however, extends his title lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas to 65 points with just six rounds remaining. Bottas finished fifth ahead of Red Bull’s Alex Albon.

Leclerc, 21, had looked on course to win for a third time in as many appearances after controlling the opening third of the 61-lap race from pole position.

But the race turned on its head when Ferrari stopped Vettel for tyres first. Leclerc came in a lap later, but Vettel had taken advantage of his new rubber to leapfrog his team-mate.

Michael Schumacher: Formula 1 hero ‘conscious’ after being taken to hospital for stem cell treatment

Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher is ‘conscious’ after being admitted to hospital for stem cell treatment, a nurse has revealed.

French newspaper Le Parisien claimed on Monday that Schumacher, who has not been seen in public for almost six years following his skiing accident, had been taken to a Paris hospital for ‘secret treatment’.

Schumacher reportedly arrived at the Paris hospital under tight security

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And now, the paper has quoted an unnamed nurse in cardiology saying: “Yes he is in my service.

“And I can assure you that he is conscious.”

Schumacher’s management have declined to comment on the latest report.

Schumacher has been recovering at his family home in Lausanne, Switzerland since sustaining serious head injuries in December 2013. There have been few updates about his well-being in the six years since.

Rafa Nadal breaks down in tears as he wins US Open to close in on Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam record

Rafael Nadal was in tears as he won his 19th Grand Slam title with a thrilling five-set victory over Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.

The Spaniard was full of emotion after his New York triumph saw him close to within one major title of Roger Federer’s record tally of 20.

Nadal was made to work hard for his fourth US Open triumph


Nadal had led by two sets and a break, but he needed to halt a stunning comeback from Russian rebel Medvedev to win an epic showdown 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4.

The 33-year-old admitted he feared he had blown his chance of victory, saying: “Did I think I might lose? Of course, when you have break point against in the beginning of the fifth, losing the last two sets, you are in trouble.

“But I really try to avoid this thought. I always believe that I going to keep having chances. That’s the way that I approach.

“It’s different in his position after two sets to love and break for me, it’s human that he had that feeling. But I always was in front of the score until the end. Is difficult for me to think I am going to lose.

“Of course, I was in trouble. But I played a not very good game at the 3-2 of that third set.

“At that moment things looked under control, but then Daniil increased a lot and changed a lot of things.”

Nadal is showing no signs of slowing down at 33


Most men’s Grand Slam singles wins

Roger Federer – 20

Rafael Nadal – 19

Novak Djokovic – 16

Pete Sampras – 14

Roy Emerson – 12

Medvedev’s brave efforts earned him praise from the crowd. The hot-headed Russian, playing in his first grand slam final, had previously been public enemy number one in New York.

He had been jeered by those in the stands throughout the fortnight after he flipped them the middle finger during the third round.

After that match the 23-year-old had goaded the paying public, saying the boos had helped him win the match.

Yet when he launched his unlikely counter-attack it was like Rocky in reverse, the fans around a packed Arthur Ashe suddenly chanting his name.

Medvedev went from villain to hero in New York


Afterwards Medvedev said to the crowd: “I want to talk about you guys. Earlier I said it in a bad way, now I mean it in a good way. It’s because of your energy that I’m here in the final.”

He later added: “It was amazing match. It’s an amazing story.

“In the third set I was thinking ‘OK, in 20 minutes I have to give a speech. What do I say? Something like that.

“So I was like, ‘OK, OK, just fight for every point, don’t think about these things’. It worked out not bad.

“Was I close to winning? Yes, one set away. I mean, had break points at 5-4. I will remember everything of it.

“I will be disappointed with the result, but I will be happy with the way I played the whole summer, the whole US Open.”

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Charles Leclerc wins Italian Grand Prix to give Ferrari first home race victory in nine years with Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton on podium

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc won a thrilling Italian Grand Prix where he held off the challenges from Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton hustled Leclerc during a remarkable spell of wheel-to-wheel action at Monza – but the world champion was kept at bay.

Charles Leclerc won the Italian Grand Prix

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The 21-year-old registered his second win in as many weeks and Ferrari’s first on home soil in nine years.

With 11 laps remaining, Hamilton then made a mistake at the first corner in his pursuit of Leclerc, falling off the road and allowing Bottas to take second.

On fresher tyres, Bottas took over from Hamilton in his pursuit of Leclerc but crossed the line just eight-tenths shy of the Ferrari star.

In contrast to Leclerc’s heroics at the Cathedral of Speed, Sebastian Vettel endured yet another torrid afternoon in the sister Ferrari.

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were on the podium with Leclerc


The four-time world champion took the chequered flag a dismal 13th and one lap down after a spin at the Ascari chicane on lap six.

Vettel had to stop for a new front wing after he clumsily collided with Lance Stroll in his attempt to rejoin the track following his mistake. He was hit with a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for his part in the incident.

Hamilton’s late error allowed Bottas to reduce the championship deficit to 63 points with seven rounds left.

Leclerc managed to hold off the challenges of Bottas and Hamilton

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“What a race,” said Leclerc. “I have never been so tired. I made a few mistakes, but in the end I finished first so I am very happy.”

“Charles did a great job,” said Hamilton. “He came under a lot of pressure from Valtteri and I.

“I did the best I could, but following so closely for so many laps, the tyres just went off the cliff. It was not our day.”

Leclerc’s credentials were tested to the absolute limit as Hamilton hunted the 21-year-old around the high-speed Monza track.

Serena Williams loses fourth Grand Slam final in a row as Bianca Andreescu claims US Open triumph

Serena Williams’ bid to break the women’s all-time Grand Slam singles titles record suffered a blow on Saturday as she lost in straight sets at the US Open final.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu claimed her first Grand Slam title in New York as she swept aside the 37-year-old American.

Williams was widely expected to brush aside 19-year-old Andreescu, playing in her first Grand Slam final, to bring up her record-equalling 24th major title.

But, for the fourth time of asking since she returned to the sport after giving birth, Williams fell at the final hurdle, Andreescu shocking a packed and partisan Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-3 7-5 win.

Serena Williams was beaten by Bianca Andreescu at the US Open final

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Williams had lost acrimoniously at the same stage here last year to Naomi Osaka, as well as in the last two Wimbledon finals, as she desperately attempts to match Margaret Court’s all-time record.

The American’s footwork, and her first serve, deserted her for most of the match until, at 5-1 down in the second set and facing championship point, she mounted an unlikely comeback.

But Andreescu, who was not even born when Williams won her first US Open title in 1999, stood up to her illustrious opponent and held her nerve for a famous win.

The youngster has enjoyed a rapid rise, climbing from 208 in the world this time last year, when she lost in qualifying, to a projected place in the top five.

Bianca Andreescu claimed her first Grand Slam title

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Andreescu is now the first Canadian grand slam champion and the first woman to win here on their main draw debut.

With her close friend Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, watching with her mother, husband and coach, Williams began well enough with an ace, but successive double faults at deuce gave Andreescu a break in the opening game.

A fierce exchange of volleys at the net was won by Williams and seemed to wake her up as she got on the board for 2-1.

F3 driver Alex Peroni walks away from horror crash as car flies metres up in the air at Italian Grand Prix

Formula Three star Alex Peroni survived a shocking crash during the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 19-year-old’s car spun metres up into the air before landing on a safety fence, and while visibly shaken, Peroni was fortunately able to walk away from the incident.


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The vehicle eventually landed on a safety fence


His team confirmed the Australian appears to be unhurt but will go to hospital for further tests.

The crash comes just a week after the tragic death of Formula Two driver Anthoine Hubert at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Many have condemned the dangerous scenes at Monza and called for greater safety precautions in the sport.

Lewis Hamilton stops interview when he sees Anthoine Hubert’s fatal Formula 2 crash at Belgium Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton immediately feared for Anthoine Hubert when he saw his fatal crash on television.

Hamilton was conducting an interview at Spa when he was distracted by events in Formula Two’s feature race on Saturday and was heard saying ‘I hope that kid’s good,” adding “that’s terrifying.”

Drivers held a minute’s silence for Hubert on the grid

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Tragically, the 22-year-old was killed in the crash, while American Juan Manuel Correa suffered fractures to both of his legs and a spinal injury.

Watching the incident, five-time world champion Hamilton looked seriously concerned and then ended his interview, while Mercedes and other teams also cut their media duties short.

Wearing a black armband as he stood on the top step of a Formula One podium for the first time in his career, winner in the F1 race, Charles Leclerc, pointed to the sky to acknowledge Hubert.

There was no customary champagne-spraying, while Daniel Ricciardo later admitted he contemplated withdrawing from Sunday’s Grand Prix.

British teenager, Lando Norris, 19, said he was left shaken by the fatal accident.

Motor racing’s world governing body,the FIA has opened an investigation into Hubert’s death which took place at 160mph on the exit of the fearsome Eau Rouge corner.

Hamilton’s attention is drawn to the tragic scene on the track where Anthoine Hubert’s catastrophic crash occurred


Leclerc dedicated his first win to Hubert

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F1 held a one-minute silence on the grid before the Belgium GP, with drivers and team personnel from the respective championships joined by members of Hubert’s family.

Drivers wore black armbands while their cars carried ‘Racing for Anthoine’ messages in tribute to the Frenchman.

Sunday morning’s F2 sprint race was cancelled out of respect.

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Belgian Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc dedicates maiden triumph to Anthoine Hubert

Charles Leclerc registered the maiden win of his Formula One career after romping to victory at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Less than 24 hours after Leclerc’s French motor racing contemporary, Anthoine Hubert, was killed at the Spa-Francorchamps venue, the young Monegasque driver delivered a dominant display to take the chequered flag in his friend’s honour.

Charles Leclerc was a comfortable winner

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Lewis Hamilton finished second after fighting his way past Sebastian Vettel with 12 laps remaining. Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas also managed to see off Vettel after the Ferrari driver was forced to make an additional stop for tyres.

Hamilton extended his lead over Bottas in the championship to 65 points.

“This one is for Anthoine,” said an emotional Leclerc on the radio.

“It feels good but it is difficult to enjoy a weekend like this.”

Hubert raced for the British-owned Arden team

He added: “On one hand I have realised a dream, but on the other hand it has been a difficult weekend.

“I have lost a friend, so I would like to dedicate my win to him.

“We have grown up together. It is a shame what happened yesterday, so I cannot enjoy my first victory.”

Leclerc posted a childhood picture with his arm around Hubert upon news of his death following a horrifying 160mph crash in Saturday’s Formula Two race. He accompanied the picture with the words: “I can’t believe it.”

Lewis Hamilton finished second with Sebastian Vettel fourth

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Leclerc, who is 22 next month, the same age as Hubert, was visibly moved by the tragedy. Prior to the race, he hugged Hubert’s mother, Nathalie.

A moment of silence was observed before the race in the French driver’s memory. Nathalie held her son’s pink and white crash helmet. Hubert’s brother, Victhor, stood alongside her as the Formula One and grieving Formula Two drivers formed an arc, bowing their heads in honour of their fallen colleague.

Daniel Ricciardo, the usually jovial Australian, kept his eyes closed throughout the silence and ensuing national anthem.

Leclerc celebrated with his team

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He then appeared to wipe away tears, summing up the sombre mood before the start of Sunday’s race. All 20 of the drivers’ cars were adorned with “Racing for Anthoine” stickers.

Leclerc made the perfect start, racing away to the slow, right-handed La Source turn, to retain the lead. Hamilton, starting from third, got the jump on Vettel before Max Verstappen bumped wheels with Kimi Raikkonen.

The force of the impact sent Raikkonen temporarily on to two wheels. Verstappen sustained damage to his car and slammed into the barriers at the top of Eau Rouge, the corner which claimed Hubert’s life.