Lewis Hamilton eyes fourth title after showing composure and maturity

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Ferrari Max Verstappen Sebastian Vettel Formula One 2017 Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson, right, and Pascal Wehrlein walk to the grid amid much fanfare in Austin. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images Testing limitsVerstappen, too, had a remarkable race coming back to fourth from 16th on the grid. He had scythed through the field with great skill but it was his demotion from third for exceeding track limits on his last-lap dive past Kimi Raikkonen that caught all the attention. He was furious, his dad, Jos, was furious, Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal, was furious and Twitter worked itself into a positively apoplectic froth. The steward’s decision was based on the principle that Verstappen had gained an advantage by putting all four wheels off the track. The problem in Austin was that drivers had been abusing track limits all weekend without punishment, as Horner pointed out: “The race director was quite clear he had no issues with track limits.” So some had already been gaining advantage by going wide allowing themselves to get on the power earlier. Verstappen was pulled up because when he did so he made a pass. Inconsistency is the problem and it riles drivers, teams and fans. Setting firm boundaries at the start of the weekend has to be better than seeing yet another on-track result reversed after the flag.Sainz off to a flyerCarlos Sainz’s talent has rarely been questioned and in Austin he once again confirmed he is likely only to improve. With nine points finishes for Toro Rosso this season he has eclipsed his then team‑mate Daniil Kvyat. Making his debut for Renault in Austin to replace Jolyon Palmer he proved emphatically that the team made the right choice in taking him on. Starting from eighth on the grid, he finished in seventh scoring six valuable points. In doing so he pulled off a breathtaking move on Sergio Pérez up the inside of turn 19 on lap 33. The left-hander does not lend itself to overtaking and the Force India of Pérez is the quicker car, but Sainz made it stick and held the place to the finish. Red Bull, to whom he is contracted, know his value and have only loaned him to Renault but the 23‑year‑old Spaniard may prove crucial to the French manufacturer’s position in the constructors’ championship and the financial largesse it returns. They now trail Toro Rosso by only five points and claiming sixth place looks well within their sights.Mercedes make it fourHamilton still has to wrap up the drivers’ championship but for his team clinching the constructors’ crown in Texas was a huge achievement. It is their fourth consecutive title – a feat achieved by Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull – and they were rightly celebrating. Mercedes have defined the turbo-hybrid era, untouchable between 2014 and 2016 but to have maintained their superiority to claim the title with three races remaining after a major regulation change is no small feat. That their mightily powerful engine plays such an important role has been key but equally this season they have had to work hard for their laurels. Their diva of a car has been tricky to manage and required constant development. The technical director, James Allison, was full in his praise for the attention to detail that is put in across the team to ensure success – and they have become the model others must seek to emulate. But Ferrari must also consider they might have pushed them harder with a driver better able than Kimi Raikkonen to return consistently high points finishes. His unthreatening position in relation to Vettel may suit the German but has left them lacking the two-pronged attack needed to challenge Mercedes. Reuse this content Putting on a showThe expected hoopla in the pre-race build-up was everything that had been predicted as F1’s owners Liberty Media looked to put their stamp on their first home grand prix since taking over the sport. Usain Bolt was waving the green flag, cheerleaders abounded and the sports announcer Michael Buffer gave a series of suitably hyberbolic introductions to the drivers who emerged from a smoke-filled tunnel. Like it or not and many did not, it did not feel out of place at an event held in the US where putting the showbusiness into sport has long been favoured. Hamilton was one driver who came down firmly in favour of a spot more razzmatazz at races. “I think it’s great, the Americans. They’re way better than us Europeans at putting shows on,” he said. “There’s more of an atmosphere. I like that it’s starting to spill over into this. That’s the best start of a grand prix I think I’ve seen and, if we can bring that more into Formula One culture, it’s just going to be more exciting.” It is hard not to imagine it would become tiresome pretty swiftly if applied to every meeting but amid the sunshine and cowboy hats the Circuit of the Americas put on an opening that worked and, if it attracts more fans in the US, all the better. Share on Messenger Mercedes GP Share on Facebook Read more Sportblog Hamilton in complete controlDespite being beaten off the line by Sebastian Vettel Lewis Hamilton once again displayed the composure and race craft that has all but secured his fourth Formula One world championship. There was no problem with the British driver’s start but Vettel had it hooked up exceptionally well and had the inside line going into turn one. Hamilton went to squeeze him but recognised he could not hold the place and avoided any potentially race-ending contact. The contrast with Vettel’s reaction to being jumped by Max Verstappen in Singapore could not be clearer. The crash that ensued is one of the moments that has cost Vettel his title challenge. Hamilton knew to play the long game, as he did when choosing not to defend aggressively against Verstappen in Malaysia. It paid off again. Vettel worked his tyres too much in the early stages and was powerless as Hamilton sailed past him on lap six. His Mercedes was on song in Austin but these are the moments that dictate how championships are won and so it proved. The title is all but in his hands. Share on Pinterestcenter_img Support The Guardian features Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel rivalry has pushed him to new heights Lewis Hamilton Red Bull Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Share via Email Twitter Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Topics … we have a small favour to ask. 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Student crushed to death by bus in Ghaziabad 1 held

first_imgGhaziabad: A 20-year-old female student was crushed to death by a bus while she was on the way to her college in Kavi Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Monday morning. Police have arrested the bus driver, a few hours after the incident.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Anushka Kaushik, a first year student of BBA at IMS college in Ghaziabad. “The private bus involved in the student was also going to drop students at IMS college,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAs per victim’s father Umesh Kaushik, Anushka travelled to college by her scooty and had left the house around 7:45 am on Monday. “We received the information around 8.30 am and we immediately rushed to the hospital and found her dead,” said Umesh. Anil Shahi, Station House Officer of Kavi Nagar police station said that deceased and the bus involved in the incident were going to the same destination. “The incident occurred around 8 am when the girl was travelling to IMS college in Ghaziabad. A private bus which was also ferrying nearly 30-40 students to same college hit her from behind at NH-9 in Kavi Nagar area and she was crushed under the wheels. A passerby conveyed the information to police and a team rushed to the spot. The victim was taken to a nearby private hospital where she was declared brought dead as she sustained severe head injuries. Police have sent the body for post mortem, reports of which are awaited,” said Shahi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that an FIR has been registered into the case and the driver of bus has been arrested by police. “Upon reaching the spot, police found that the driver of bus has fled away from the spot leaving the bus behind. Police identified the driver after we reach out to the owner of bus through vehicle’s registration number. He was arrested nearly four hours after the incident. The accused has been identified as Sajid (30), a resident of Muradnagar. An FIR under section 279 of IPC has been registered against him,” added Shahi.last_img read more