2016 United States Grand Prix Review: Lewis Hamilton joins the 50 win club to close the Championship gap to Nico Rosberg

Taylor Swift helped bring in a record level of attendance to the Circuit of the America's
Taylor Swift helped bring in a record level of attendance to the Circuit of the America’s with her first gig of 2016!

The United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the America’s was back to its normal self last weekend after the 2015 event was heavily affected by rain. Twelve months on, the race winner may not have been different but the mood seemed to be as artists like Taylor Swift and Usher brought in 266,889 spectators over the weekend. That was a record attendance for the circuit and there certainly wasn’t a blank space in the stands come race day.

The Race Weekend

Lewis Hamilton came into the United States known if there was ever a weekend to start clawing back his teammate’s advantage in the Drivers Championship, it was this one. He started it in mephitical style by finishing the first procure session fastest and 0.315 seconds clear of Nico Rosberg. The nearest challenger to the Mercedes pair was Max Verstappen in the Red Bull but was some 1.9 seconds slower. Roles were reversed between Hamilton and Rosberg in the second session as Rosberg finished 0.291 seconds faster. Hopes of a challenge to Mercedes in qualifying were raised in the final practice session on Saturday morning with Verstappen heading a Red Bull 1-2. McLaren showed progress as both drivers finished in the top 10 in second and third practice while 22-year-old Jordan King made his F1 debut by finishing 20th in the first practice; ahead of Jolyon Palmer and teammate Esteban Ocon. read more

2016 United States Grand Prix Preview

Four races. That is all that remains of the 2016 Formula One Championship: USA, Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. For Nico Rosberg, he will be hoping for more of the same after his win in Japan a fortnight ago. Apologies for not posting on that race previously, I was suffering from a bad illness. I will now provide a brief review of the Japanese race.

japan-flagLast time out: Japanese Grand Prix

If Nico Rosberg was anything but controlled in Malaysia, he was more than in control in Japan as he dominated the weekend. The weekend started as he meant to go on by finishing top of the timesheets in all three practice sessions while Renault getting both of their drivers into the top 10 in Third Practice proved to be a surprise. read more

2016 Malaysian Grand Prix: Hamilton’s race up in smoke as Rosberg rides luck to boost Championship lead and Ricciardo gets his 2016 win; it’s Shoey Time!

Formula One enters the closing stages of the 2016 season with four races in October before the season concludes with Brazil and Abu Dhabi in November. First up was the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit just outside of Kuala Lumpur for the 18th time and the 16th round of the 2016 championship!

The Drivers Championship after the Singapore Grand Prix [sourced from BBC Sport]
The Drivers Championship after the Singapore Grand Prix [sourced from BBC Sport]
The Constructors Championship after the Singapore Grand Prix
The Constructors Championship after the Singapore Grand Prix

The race for the World Championship took an intriguing turn last time out in Singapore. Lewis Hamilton went into the Grand Prix with a 2 point championship lead over his title rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. He left Singapore, 8 points adrift as having qualified in pole position and then controlled the race, Rosberg took his 8th win of the season. Hamilton on the other hand, never really seemed to get going and finished 3rd. Rosberg’s victory was not a forgone conclusion as Daniel Ricciardo battled him hard to finisdh within half a second of the Mercedes. The win gave Rosberg 273 points in the Driver’s championship while Hamilton’s fortunate 3rd place finish put him on 265. In third place is Daniel Ricciardo on 179 points and 26 points ahead of the best Ferrari in the standings. The Constructors Championship was Mercedes’ for the taking in Malaysia having stretched their lead to 222 points on 538. Although the result is below, more detailed information on the Singapore Grand Prix weekend can be found here. read more

Newcastle United EFL Championship season 2016/17: September

September is a glorious month for football! The league games keep coming thick and fast, the ‘big boys’ have entered the EFL Cup and the biggest club competition globally is back; The Champions League! A glorious month for Football! Or, least it was until this week. Revelations brought forward by the Daily Telegraph highlighted England manager Sam Allardyce giving ‘foreign investors’ advice on how to circumvent rules regarding g third party ownership of players sighting West Ham’s signing of Enner Valencia in 2014. The Telegraph have continued implicating more figures in English football; suggesting 8 premier league managers are implicated as well as three figures in The Championship.

Here is a selection of events this month… read more