Honda Made Decision to Withdraw from Formula 1 Too Soon – Masashi Yamamoto

Masashi Yamamoto believes Honda decided to leave Formula 1 too early, but he hopes the Japanese engine manufacturer can return to the sport in the future.

Honda only returned as the fourth engine manufacturer to Formula 1 in 2014 as suppliers to the McLaren F1 Team before they switched their allegiance to Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2018.  In 2019, Red Bull Racing then also signed up to race with their engines.

Honda announced midway through the 2020 season that they would be pulling out of the sport at the end of 2021, and Yamamoto, the F1 Boss of the Japanese marque, says this was a company decision that was made too soon.  

“Personally yes, I agree,” said Yamamoto to Motorsport.com. “But this is obviously a company decision and I understand which way the company wants to go, so in the end we have to accept that.

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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord Gets New Video Showing Big Improvements from Latest Update

TaleWorlds Entertainment has released a new video showcasing the latest update released for Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord.

The update was released a few days ago and included a large number of significant improvements to the game, which is currently in early access.

Those include the game-changing battle terrain systems, the order of battle screens, and large changes to sieges, but there is a lot more.

The video is a good chance to assess the current state of the game, especially for those who haven’t played the early access version for a while.

You can watch it below.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is currently available in early access via Steam and Epic Games Store. If you’re not familiar with the game, you can check out the first video of the development series, the second, the third, the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth to get an idea of the … Read the rest

Barcelona move transfer sights from Origi to another Liverpool forward; could be viewed as potential Haaland alternative – El Nacional

With the contracts of Liverpool’s traditional front-three under Jurgen Klopp all set to expire in 2023, as things stand, it’s unsurprising that some clubs have begun turning the sights over to the club’s attacking talent.

One such name that could be set to depart Anfield in the near future, should El Nacional’s (via The Hard Tackle) report come to fruition, is Bobby Firmino, with the Blaugrana reportedly keeping tabs on the 30-year-old.

Ideally, one might imagine that the Catalan giants would prefer Erling Haaland, whom they continue to be linked to, as a marquee signing, though the Brazilian international could, as the publication has suggested, represent something of an alternative option.

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Our No.9 would be far from a long-term solution to the Spanish giants need for extra firepower, being more of a link-up man than an … Read the rest

Leeds United attacker tells Marcelo Bielsa he wants to join Barcelona

Leeds United could be set to lose attacker Rodrigo, who has reportedly informed his manager that he would like to return to Spain and play for Barcelona.

That’s according to a recent report from outlet El Nacional, who claims Barcelona manager Xavi has requested the La Liga giants sign the Leeds United forward.

Rodrigo, 30, joined the Whites 18-months ago following a £27m move from Valencia.

However, despite arriving in England’s top-flight expected to become one of the Premier League’s most effective strikers, the 30-year-old’s time at Elland Road has so far failed to live up to expectations.

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FC Barcelona: A tale of lost motivation

Why do players play football? A few may say it’s about the money and the fame, but most agree that it’s to win trophies and to prove yourself in the sport you love. But what about when you win it all? When you make a name for yourself and aid in the legacy of your team? Stagnation is a very real phenomenon, and that may have become the case for many of FC Barcelona’s veterans.

Stagnation and Frustration

Players like Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba have been competing at the highest level of football for over a decade. They have won everything from the Champions League, to La Liga, to the Club World Cup on multiple occasions.

Even though their love for the Barcelona badge persists, one might have to question their motivation. The motivation here is not simply the dedication to win trophies, but the will to … Read the rest

Psychological Horror Game, Ikai, Creeps Its Way to Consoles & PC on March 29

If you’re feeling brave and in need of a scare, developer Endflame and publisher PM Studios’ Japanese folklore-inspired first-person scare-’em-up, Ikai, may be exactly what you need right now. The good news? The Barcelona-based three-person indie studio has confirmed that its in-development horror title will officially arrive on PC, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch on March 29, 2022.

Interestingly, Ikai won’t be just a cat-and-mouse, run-and-hide experience. Instead, players will have the opportunity to use special ‘mystical kanji’ to help defend themselves against the otherworldly paranormal entities.

For those who’re after a physical release of Ikai, you’ll be able to nab a limited edition version of the title for $34.99 that bundles together a postcard and few bonus stickers featuring the game’s eerily dark artwork.

For more information about Ikai, here’s a rundown courtesy of an official press release we received recently:

Dark Japanese folklore comes to life in this

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Fabinho previews tomorrow’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Brentford

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has insisted his team must perform better against Brentford tomorrow after his side drew 3-3 with Thomas Franck’s side earlier this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are without a win in their last three Premier League games and the No. 3 claimed that picking up all three points against the Bees will ‘mean a lot’ to the Reds.

“If I remember this game, the team played good, we scored three goals and usually when we score three goals that means we win the game because defensively we are good,” the Brazilian told the club’s official website (via Football365).

“But this day they created good chances. I remember we struggled a little bit with the long balls, our aerial balls as well. But we created a lot, so we had the opportunity to win this game but unfortunately, we didn’t.

“But we have to learn from our mistakes and

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Newcastle to offer Serie A star injured since September bumper salary uplift to join Howe revolution

There’s no time to waste in the current transfer window for Newcastle United.

Ahead of a must-win game against Watford on Saturday afternoon, Eddie Howe has still only managed to secure two new signings this month: Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.

That’s unlikely to be anywhere close to a good enough return in the Magpies attempts to stay up this season.

The North East giants need to improve in all areas, and if Howe and the Newcastle board can get another couple of big names through the door, they’ll stand a much better chance of getting the wins to haul themselves up the table.

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It’s clear that the club are doing all they can to persuade players to join the revolution too.

Atalanta’s Robin Gosens has been targeted, despite the fact that he’s been injured since September and, at present, isn’t believed to be … Read the rest

Barcelona fans create hashtag asking captain Busquets to get benched

Barcelona fans are asking for the club captain Sergio Busquets to get benched after his horror show against Real Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana semi-final.

The 33-year-old was at fault for Real’s opening goal after being dispossessed by Karim Benzema in the middle of the park. With Dani Alves out of position too, Vinicius Jr was quick to exploit the space to put his team ahead.

It might be the age doing the talking, but the club captain hasn’t performed well this season. For someone who was known for his deft touch and flawless passing, a return of nine failed passes during the match is a far cry from his usual standards. Even his overall statistics this season have failed to justify his place in the team.

In 19 La Liga outings, the club captain is averaging 0.4 unsuccessful touches. Furthermore, he gets dispossessed 0.4 times per 90 minutes … Read the rest

Andreas Roos steps in as Head of BMW M Motorsport with Mike Krack departure

With the announcement that Mike Krack will be joining the Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One team with immediate effect, BMW M Motorsport have announced that Andreas Roos will be taking over responsibility for motor sport activities of BMW M GmbH as of 1 February.

“We would like to thank Mike Krack for his passion and dedication across the motor sport portfolio of BMW and BMW M,” said Franciscus van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “He has demonstrated his wholehearted commitment to motor sport in various roles within our company. As Head of BMW M Motorsport, he took some important decisions over the past year aimed at securing a successful future for our motor sport projects. He has now been given the chance to fulfil a career dream and we do not want to stand in his way. We would like to wish Mike every success in his future Read the rest