“The track is now faster and with more overtaking opportunities” – Pirelli’s Mario Isola

The longest season in Formula One history concludes this weekend at the newly-configured Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where either Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton will be crowned the 2021 World Drivers’ Champion.

For the final round of the twenty-two race long season, Pirelli have opted to bring the softest range from their allocation, the C3, C4 and C5 compounds. It’s the same range used at the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which was won by Max Verstappen, a similar feat this weekend would crown the Dutchman as champion.

As mentioned though the track has been given a new-layout for this weekend, with lap times expected to be ten-fifteen seconds faster. The modifications are endless, the chicane at what used to be Turns 5-6 into the hairpin, is now a straight which goes into a wider hairpin, meaning drivers can carry more speed into the … Read the rest

HBO Drops First Glimpse of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

Potterheads, rejoice! HBO Max has formally unveiled a sneak peek behind the curtain for its eagerly-anticipated Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts retrospective.

Go ahead and feast your eyes on the new pic down below:

Image Source: HBO Max

The image comes by way of HBO Max’s official Twitter channel and is accompanied by the words: “Like they never left. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: #ReturnToHogwarts premieres New Year’s Day on HBO Max.”

As you can see, this new tidbit focuses on the three central stars of the Harry Potter film franchise: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. It’s the first time they’ve been seen together on-screen since 2011’s Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

The upcoming retrospective commemorates the 20th anniversary of the award-winning, hugely popular eight-movie series and sees the stars reflect upon their time contributing to one of the highest grossing film franchises … Read the rest

Liverpool could move for 22-year-old Atletico Madrid star deemed to be a poor fit for Simeone’s outfit – Cadena SER

Liverpool have once again been linked with a move for Joao Felix, with the Reds having reportedly made an enquiry around the attacker’s situation.

This update comes from Cadena SER (via Sport Witness), with the publication noting that Jurgen Klopp’s men are not alone in the Premier League in sharing an interest in the 22-year-old.

With a contract set to expire in 2026, however, it’s difficult seeing any interested party being able to secure his signature on the cheap, particularly in light of the €127m Los Colchoneros originally forked out to acquire the Portuguese from Benfica.

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With a report from AS (via Sport Witness) claiming that the forward is ill-suited to his current employers, one might hope that the club feel the same way and would be inclined to part with the highly-rated talent … Read the rest

Liverpool given hope of securing major midfielder transfer

Fabrizio Romano has spoken exclusively to Empire of the Kop about Liverpool’s transfer interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria.

Speaking to the Liverpool FC blog in the video below, the Italian reporter provided an update on the Reds’ prospects of signing the impressive Switzerland international.

Romano suggests that there is interest from Liverpool, and that Zakaria looks a more realistic and affordable target than AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, whose future was also discussed in the clip.

See below for the exchange in full, with Liverpool fans likely to be optimistic about what this could mean for their chances of signing Zakaria…

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Xavi speaks after Barça lose to Bayern and crash out of the Champions League

Barcelona’s season continues to worsen as they were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League after the group stages on Wednesday night.

Entering their final Group E clash against Bayern Munich, the Catalans needed a victory to ensure their advancement to the knockout stages. However, they were hammered by the German champions at the Allianz Arena and were consigned to another 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Bavarian giants.

The loss, coupled with SL Benfica’s easy win over Dynamo Kyiv, meant that Barca finished third in the group and will now drop down to the UEFA Europa League.

Speaking after the game, manager Xavi Hernandez, who took over the reins only in November, lamented over the poor display against Bayern, claiming that the team did not compete strongly enough.

“We didn’t compete. I told the players that today is a new beginning, a turning point. We can’t afford to be Read the rest

Farewell to a legend: “The Last Blast”

Part of a farewell tour before the car returns to the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Legendary Mille Miglia-winning Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “722” drives through the heart of central London along the famous sites.

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Stuttgart. “Who do you think you are? Stirling Moss?” This, so the story goes, is what a policeman asked the legendary British racing driver following a particularly ‘daring’ overtaking manoeuvre on the streets of London. “Yes sir, I am” was the honest reply.

There’s a nod to this legendary tale – and a number of other aspects of Moss’s life and career – in “The Last Blast”, a new short farewell film by Mercedes-Benz Classic. A police motorcycle outrider admonishes the over-enthusiastic driver of the very Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR made famous by Moss’s win in the 1955 Mille Miglia race. As the camera zooms in on the front wing of the … Read the rest

Petty GMS Motorsports born from RPM/GMS deal

Petty GMS Motorsports is a rather redundant name as GMS stands for Gallagher Motor Sports, but it is the identity of the NASCAR Cup Series‘ newest team. On Tuesday, Richard Petty Motorsports and GMS Racing completed their marriage by announcing the team name. Erik Jones will remain in the #43 Cherolet Camaro ZL1 that comes over from the RPM side, while Ty Dillon will pilot the #42.

GMS, a Camping World Truck Series team, purchased a majority interest in RPM last Wednesday from Andrew Murstein’s Medallion Financial while Richard Petty maintains his share in the operation. Owned by Maurice Gallagher Jr., GMS announced plans to run the full Cup schedule in June, though with the #94 prior to Tuesday’s announcement. Dillon joined the team in October.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to work with Richard, arguably the greatest driver in NASCAR history, and form Petty GMS Motorsports,”Read the rest

Another Eden × Chrono Cross Crossover Gets New Trailer Introducing Harle

Following the announcement of the “Complex Dream” crossover between Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space and legendary JRPG Chrono Cross, Wright Flyer Studios released another character trailer.

The video showcases one of the Chrono Cross protagonists that will join the game, Harle. It follows another trailer focusing on the game mechanics, one on the music, and another introducing Kid.

You can check it out below both in English and Japanese depending on your voice-over language of choice. Also, don’t forget to read our interview dedicated to this crossover.

If you’re unfamiliar with Another Eden, it’s a free-to-play JRPG originally released for iOS and Android in 2019 and then on Steam earlier this year. It’s directed by Masato Kato of Chrono Trigger fame and also features music by Yasunori Mitsuda.

Below you can read a brief official description:

“Embark on a journey beyond time and space.
To save our lost future.
Before

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(Video) “Absolutely outstanding” – Jurgen Klopp on a fantastic evening at the San Siro as 100% European record remains intact

Jurgen Klopp was beaming with pride as his side won their sixth successive Champions League game and qualified with maximum points.

We became the first English team to keep a 100% record and when our boss took to the press after the game, it was clear how happy he was with his mighty Reds.

The 54-year-old said: “What the boys did tonight, I couldn’t be more proud to be honest. It was an incredible game and I’m so happy about so many things tonight and of course that we won the game in the end was great.

READ MORE: (Video) Former Red on why Liverpool don’t need to buy anyone in January because of how well Divock Origi is playing

“The performance was absolutely outstanding and playing this game tonight, having 21 shots, okay not 21 on target but 21 times we’ve finished a situation off and so many situations Read the rest

Patrick Vieira’s old team-mate reveals team-talk against Man Utd that showed he would one day be a manager

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira showed his potential qualities as a coach during his days as a Manchester City player, according to former team-mate Shay Given.

The Frenchman is most well known in the Premier League for his years as Arsenal captain and one of the Invincibles side of 2003/04, but he also had a stint at City towards the end of his playing career.

Vieira would then also go on to work with City’s academy after retirement from playing, and since then he’s pursued a career in management that led him to the Palace job this summer.

Given, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v Newcastle, recalled the moment when he realised Vieira could be a manager – the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United back in 2011.

Yaya Toure went on to score the winner that day in an important victory … Read the rest