Friday 24 November 2017

Carrzone: Vettel wins in Malaysia but Verstappen is star to watch

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Sebastian Vettel's Malaysian Grand Prix victory brought Ferrari back to the winner's podium for the first times in 35 races.

2014 was Ferrari's worst season in 21 years, prompting Fernando Alonso to quit. Champion Lewis Hamilton who came second, is set to sign a new three year contract with Mercedes estimated to be worth €90 million, excluding bonuses for race and championship wins.

But the most remarkable story from the weekend's racing is that of Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) who became the youngest driver ever to win points. In coming seventh, 17-year-old Verstappen (inset) showed real skill in overtaking Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. "When we went on to hard tyres, I found good balance and good rhythm," explained Verstappen. His father Joe, a former Benetton driver, acknowledges his son is a better driver. "Max is more complete," he said.

"He's better prepared. Physically, mentally and the way he feels at home on the track, he has to be better than me."


Ireland face tough test to achieve rank of ICC Test status

The aim of Cricket Ireland is to be playing Test cricket by 2019. Following the departure, after eight years, of coach Phil Simmons, who built on the success created by Adi Birrell, the incoming Ireland coach will inherit formidable development and management structures.

Despite qualifying for every ICC world event, and notable wins for Simmons’ side against Test sides England, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, progressing to consistently higher levels of excellence, particularly when England is willing to poach the best Irish players, is going to prove a tough job for Simmons’ successor.

As the search goes on for a new coach, the steady guidance of Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom (inset) is a major asset. Next up, Ireland play England in a One-Day International in Malahide on May 8.

Meanwhile, Mustafa Kamal has resigned as the president of the ICC.

Kamal said he quit after being denied the right as ICC chief to award the World Cup trophy to winners Australia in Sunday’s final in Melbourne.

ICC Chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan handed over the trophy to the victorious hosts, prompting Kamal to launch a scathing attack on the Indian and the ICC top brass whom he termed “ugly people”.


A philosopher walks into a bar in Old Trafford and says ...

The word philosophy comes from an Ancient Greek word that means “love of wisdom”.

Greek philosopher Socrates walks into a bar. The barman asks: “Why did the chicken cross the road?” Socrates replies: “I will think about it.”

Louis Van Gaal has a much vaunted philosophy of football. “My philosophy is a long story,” he said. “The most important thing is we are a total human being. I consider my players as not only a player who kicks the ball from A to B,” he says.

“But also his environment and him as a human being… I divide attack into four phases and also defence into four phases.

“The players know everything about the philosophy … It is a task of every human being that you transfer what you have learned about life and about football.” That’s what they call “mind games”.

Will Pacquiao be fit to fight?

A SINGLE high-end “hospitality service” ringside ticket for the Mayweather-Pacquiao super fight in Las Vegas can be snapped up for €81,400. Despite the odds on him shortening, it’s reported that Pacquiao is cutting his hill-running exercises due to calf muscle cramps. There’s no indication of Moneyweather’s response to hints that the Pacman might not be hungry enough for what will be the richest fight in history.

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