Hamilton: F1 title comeback ‘not as tough as you think’

first_img PERFECT STYLE SINGAPORE (AP): Having seen his title rival win three straight races in four weeks, Lewis Hamilton could be forgiven for fearing the worst about the destiny of the 2016 Formula One title, but the Briton still believes he can reverse the current championship tide. Hamilton had a frustrating weekend in Singapore and was off the pace of his rival and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in all three practice sessions, qualifying and the race. That was compounded by a hydraulic failure in practice that cost him a lot of long-run practice. Given that, a third place finish and an eight-point championship deficit to Rosberg represented an acceptable level of damage limitation. “A very trying weekend, these ones come along sometimes and you just have to take it on the chin sometimes,” a philosophical Hamilton said post-race. Hamilton has overcome championship adversity already this year. When Rosberg won the opening four races of the season, the points gap was 43, but seven races later, the Briton had pulled ahead. Now he has to do it again. “It’s not as tough as you think, I don’t know why,” Hamilton said. “We’ve come from 43 points down, so theoretically, eight points isn’t anywhere near as steep as that. “With everything that’s gone on this year, I’m still in the fight, there’s still a long way to go and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.” Hamilton suffered through the first two-thirds of the race with overheating brakes on the punishing stop-start circuit. “I just had to slow down and watch the other guys pull away,” Hamilton said. “Once I did my (last) stop, all of a sudden my brakes were under control.” Rosberg hung on for the narrowest Formula One victory for six years, celebrating his 200th career start in perfect style as he reclaimed the championship lead. Rosberg held on to beat a fast-finishing Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull by just 0.488 of a second at the Marina Bay street circuit, while Hamilton took third place, narrowly in front of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Rosberg’s third successive win and first in Singapore, took him back to the top of the drivers’ championship, eight points ahead of Hamilton with six races left. Ricciardo, having pitted for fresh tires with 14 laps left, sliced Rosberg’s lead from 25 seconds to under a second, but ultimately fell just short of overtaking the German. It was the closest F1 finish since the 2010 race at this venue when Fernando Alonso edged Sebastian Vettel by three-tenths of a second.last_img read more

Gor go five clear as AFC beats Sofapaka

first_imgIn other midweek KPL results, Argentine Rodolfo Zapata picked his second win as AFC leopards coach as Ingwe beat Sofapaka 1-0 at the Kenyatta Stadium courtesy of Brian Marita’s 84th minute goal.At the Camp Toyoyo ground, Kariobangi Sharks won 2-1 against Nzoia Sugar to move to sixth in the standings while in Nakuru, hosts Ulinzi Stars were held to a 1-1 draw by Kakamega Homeboyz.In Machakos, Sofapaka will only have themselves to blame after missing the game’s best opportunities with Ingwe hitting late on off a counter attack.-Waruru chanceStephen Waruru had the first chance for the 2009 champions in the 10th minute when a cross from Umaru Kasumba found him isolated in the box but his volley went straight to keeper Ezekiel Owade.In the 23rd minute, the former Ulinzi Stars hitman turned provider making a run on the right before cutting back a cross into the box, but a rushing Salim Abdallah managed to cut it off as Ezekiel Okare prepared to pull the trigger unmarked.The final five minutes of the opening half were intense as both sides looked to close with a goal. In the 40th minute, Mohammed Kilume’s shot from range went wide while two minutes later, Jaffery Owiti had a similar effort for AFC but it went begging as well.In the second half Sofapaka sought to start strongly and Elli Asieche came cross with a shot from inside the six yard box off a corner, but the effort on the volley was blocked by the AFC defense.On the hour mark, Kassumba had a brilliant chance to break the deadlock after being picked out by a looping ball from Asieche but he could not direct his volley on target.-Two brothers, one teamAFC made changes, Aziz Okaka coming into the fray to join his younger brother Jaffery Owiti. Okaka almost made an immediate response when Marita’s cross from the right found him at the backpost but AFC keeper Mathias Kigonya made a brilliant point blank save.With six minutes ot play, Sofapaka were punished on the counter when keeper Owade quickly launching play after making a save off Kassumba, the ball being flicked into Marita’s path at the edge of the box.The former Western Stima man seeing Kigonya off his line lifted the ball over him to hand Ingwe the win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wazito FC midfielder David Oswe tries to close down Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge during their Kenyan premier League clash at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on June 13, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 13- Gor Mahia have opened a five point gap at the top of the Kenyan Premier league standings after thrashing struggling Wazito FC 4-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Wednesday afternoon. A brace from Boniface Omondi and a goal each from Meddie Kagere and Francis Kahata saw K’Ogalo retain their unbeaten run in the KPL while Wazito suffered a seventh consecutive loss.last_img read more


first_imgCrowning: GraceGLASGOW’S Mary has been crowned the Mary from Dungloe 2013.Grace Sweeney won the coveted title in Dungloe tonight.She is no stranger to Dungloe and the Rosses …..her parents are from Meenacross and MeenaBhaoil. So there are celebrations this evening in Donegal and Glasgow. GLASGOW’S GRACE CROWNED MARY FROM DUNGLOE 2013 was last modified: August 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GLASGOW’S GRACE CROWNED MARY FROM DUNGLOE 2013last_img read more