In the Pit Lane – Sauber’s game plan

F1 commentators were surprised with the announcement that Mick Schumacher had signed for the Haas team instead of what was believed to be the better option of the Alfa Romeo team. Team boss Frederic Vasseur said he was not sure why Ferrari has placed Mick Schumacher at rival Ferrari-powered team, Haas, for 2021 and beyond.

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Vasseur told the Blick newspaper, “Beats me.” adding, “Maybe it made more sense for Ferrari to bring Mick to Haas and keep Giovinazzi with us. For stability in the team.”

Alfa Romeo Racing – Frédéric Vasseur

The truth of what lay behind the decision regardless of Vasseur’s ‘bewilderment’ is what dictates most decisions in F1 – money!

Alfa Romeo is, of course, the Sauber motorsport team with Alfa paying for the team to be named Alfa Romeo.

With one seat at Alfa Romeo assigned to Ferrari as … Read the rest

Next-gen 911 GT3 Cup Set to Debut in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Head of Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific, Alexandre Gibot, announced on 2 December 2020, that the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will return in 2021. The season will feature 15 rounds separated over 7 weekends. The new season will also join two Formula 1 Grand Prix’s, with the new 2021 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

The new season will get underway at the Chinese Grand Prix on 9-11 April, with another F1 support race in Singapore on 1-3 October. The series also joins the 10 Hours of Suzuka that will take place on 20-21 August. There are 4 other events in, Zhuhai, Zhuzhou, Ningbo and another race in Shangai will coincide with an expanded Porsche Sports Cup China calendar.

Credit: Porsche Motorsport Asia Pacific

Since 2003, Porsche Carrera Cup Asia helped both Pro and Am drivers trough the ranks. Double series champion Earl Bamber who is now a Porsche factory driver. Also thr … Read the rest

‘Biofuel can save the internal combustion engine, but F1 has to be quick’

Formula 1 has taken a number of important steps towards the future over the last few years. The budget ceiling has guaranteed fairer competition, and with a range of young talents it also looks good in sporting terms. But what about the sustainable picture of Formula 1?

According to Andreas Haupt of Auto Motor und Sport, it is in fact absolutely essential that sport gets to work on this as quickly as possible. He foresees that in the next few years, politicians will accelerate decisions that will completely ban cars powered by fossil fuels. This is already happening in some cities.

That would, of course, be a great loss for car enthusiasts, and Formula 1 would be squeezed with internal combustion engines. That is why, in Haupt’s view, it is very important that they set the development of CO2-neutral fuels in motion as soon as possible and also use them … Read the rest

Fabio 2.0: Why Fognini Is Focussing On Calm & Patience

Fabio Fognini is one of the most entertaining players on the ATP Tour. When the 33-year-old feels a certain way, positively or negatively, he makes sure everyone within shouting distance knows it. But since last May, when the World No. 17 underwent arthroscopic surgery on both his ankles, Fognini has adopted a new mindset highlighted by calm and patience.

Call this Fabio 2.0.

“I know that sounds really weird from me, those kinds of words,” Fognini joked to ATPTour.com after winning his first-round match at the Antalya Open on Friday.

But the Italian is serious. The nine-time ATP Tour titlist is as hungry as ever for success, especially with the Nitto ATP Finals moving to Turin in his home country, Italy, this year. Fognini knows that coming back from those surgeries to find his best form will not be an easy task. But he is accepting things as they come, … Read the rest

4-2-3-1: United will crush Watford with this explosive line-up

The Manchester United team to face Watford tomorrow in the FA Cup third round will see a number of changes, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.
In the pre-match press conference, the manager said ‘There’s a few players that’s had a few knocks and there will be a few changes but we’ll still field a team I’ll feel confident in.’
He also confirmed that Odion Ighalo will play some part before letting it slip that it will be from the bench, saying ‘He will be involved … hopefully I won’t need to bring him on in that we need goals but hopefully that he can join in.’
There had been speculation that Facundo Pellistri would also be involved but he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating.
Amad Diallo has not yet been able to join the senior squad so it will be too soon for him.
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Surprise PL side reportedly set to challenge Liverpool for Kabak signing

Liverpool will face a challenge from West Ham for the signature of highly-rated centre-back Ozan Kabak, according to Bild (via Caught Offside).

The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with the Reds of late, with the club reportedly having made contact with Kabak’s representatives in November, with little success.

Given our prior interest, it’s a little surprising that the Hammers would appear to be the only side queueing up behind us for the Turkish international.

In consideration of our current defensive crisis, Liverpool are in desperate need of a new defender to cover their bases going into the second-half of the season.

READ MORE: (Image) Confirmed Liverpool team news as Klopp names strong XI

With Kabak’s valuation reportedly fluctuating around the £20m mark on any given day, Jurgen Klopp would have hardly had to ask the club to empty the bank – even during the current crisis – for the … Read the rest

Fraser Forster reveals he always wanted a second bite of the cherry at Southampton and was never interested in returning to Celtic

Southampton goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, was pursued by Celtic for some time in pre-season. The goalkeeper was also linked with a return to the Glasgow club this month, as the Hoops look to fill the void between the sticks since he left. However, his recent start and clean sheet against Liverpool meant that was looking unlikely, before Forster put the final nail in the Celtic transfer coffin today.

The former England international told the Daily Echo : “It’s been a strange few years, it’s been a tough few years Obviously it’s a club I love a lot. I had some fantastic times here in the past and I’ve always been keen to come back and try and play here.

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“That’s all I wanted to do in the summer. I wanted to come back and give … Read the rest

“He has more running than his father” Mancini praises Juventus star

Federico Chiesa was the star of the night when Juventus beat AC Milan 3-1 Wednesday evening.

The attacker joined the Bianconeri from Fiorentina at the start of this season, and that was a major step up for him.

Some players would struggle to make an impression when they make such a move.

Chiesa didn’t exactly hit the ground running immediately after he made the move, however, the attacker has now emerged as one of the key players for the club.

His two goals against Milan shows that he is developing well and delivering the value that the club thought he could deliver when they signed him in the summer.

His recent performance drew some praise from the Italian national team manager, Roberto Mancini, who spoke about his father Enzo Chiesa and said he is a more mobile attacker than his dad was.

The national team boss also said that joining … Read the rest

Ronald Koeman blocked the transfer of Barcelona’s jewel last summer

According to a report published by Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona were close to letting Pedri leave for Bayern Munich as part of a loan deal, but the transfer was blocked by Ronald Koeman, who was impressed by his performances in training.

The 18-year-old was signed from Las Palmas for a meagre amount of €5 million, which is turning out to be a huge bargain. However, Barcelona were not the only team in race for Pedri’s signature, with Bayern interested even then, along with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Ramon Planes, Barcelona’s first-team secretary, was quick to close the deal, as Bayern Munich sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, was closely tracking the Spaniard’s situation in the Spanish second division.

Since signing for Barcelona, Pedri has gone from being loan-listed by Koeman to becoming a first-team regular after a series of spectacular training displays. In fact, he has overtaken ‘superstars’ like Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho … Read the rest

2021 Predictions: What’s coming for Road & Gravel bikes of the future?

Like every category, 2021 will pose some major hurdles for road & gravel bike availability. And while that may make it harder to find your next dream bike, we won’t be surprised to see these two categories continue to evolve in a number of ways. Here are our predictions on what we’ll see for drop […]

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