F1 drivers make sign of unity

first_imgSHANGHAI (AP):Formula One’s drivers have made another statement of unity, this time in the form of a selfie over a group dinner in China.Nearly all of the drivers on the circuit got together for dinner before the start of the Chinese Grand Prix on Wednesday night and posed for a group selfie that Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg posted on Instagram with a message targeted at F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Rosberg hash-tagged the photo, #RacingUnited, and then wrote, “or in Bernie’s words: #windbagsunited.”The barb was in reference to comments that Ecclestone made to the media in Bahrain after F1 drivers wrote a joint letter demanding an overhaul of F1’s administration.The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association wrote the letter to F1 stakeholders amid frustrations over the much-criticised rolling elimination format of qualifying that was introduced this season and then promptly dropped for the Chinese GP, as well as other problems in the sport.WINDBAGS COMMENTEcclestone dismissed the drivers’ concerns, and when asked by reporters if he believed they were “windbags,” he replied, some of them were.Rosberg, said yesterday he wasn’t upset by Ecclestone’s comments, adding the drivers were only “trying to help” with the letter.”We love the sport, we want the sport to be the most fascinating, exciting sport in the whole wide world,” he said. “And if we’re together and we raise our opinion, we have a certain power.”Apparently, the only thing the drivers can’t agree on is who should have picked up the bill for dinner.Reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who chose the restaurant and put down the deposit for the tables, said after the meal he suggested one driver pick up the bill and someone else could pay next time.”And then someone said, ‘Let’s just share it, so it’s 17 drivers sharing that freaking bill,” he said. “We all got a receipt – it was 17 receipts, 17 credit cards. It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen.”When asked who insisted on paying individually, Hamilton joked. “I’m pretty sure it was Nico.”Rosberg responded in kind by saying his Mercedes teammate should have treated because the “agreement usually is that the world champion pays.”last_img read more

Montserrado Community League Playoffs Reaches Quarterfinals

first_imgQuarter-finalists Cece United U17 players celebrate after one of their victories The draw for the quarterfinals of the Montserrado Community League playoffs was yesterday held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium with several exciting fixtures to kickoff next Tuesday at the ATS.All of the fixtures according to the Sub Committee will be honored on the same day, with Downtown FC taking on Habiba at 10:00 am. Downtown FC yesterday booked their slot in the quarterfinals after a 3-1 victory over the Gabriel Weah Foundation at the ATS. In the second quarterfinals match, Nas FC will go against PYC at 12:00, before Zion FC/BBC battle Stages at 2:00 pm In the final encounter, Saye Town Ambassadors, Cece United U17, after a thrilling 6-0 win over Villa, will be hoping to extend their scoring form when they go into a cracker with CCIP at 4:00 pm.After those intriguing encounters, four teams will advance to the semifinals with the best three qualifying for the Montserrado 3rd division championship.In a related development, one of the top performing sides in the competition, Cece United U17 has expressed confidence over their qualification to the remaining stages of the competition.It may be recalled that the team during the preliminaries stages of the competition targeted the playoffs and succeeded in advancing to the playoffs after qualifying from the group stage.Full DrawDowntown vs. Habiba- 10:00 a.m.Nas FC vs. PYC – 12:00 p.m.Zion FC/BBC vs. Stages – 2:00 p.m.CCIP vs. Cece United – 4:00 p.m.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more