Formula 1 speeds into New York
Formula One world champions Red Bull took their season launch to the United States with a spray of pyrotechnics in front of a rapt Manhattan crowd as fans braved the bitter cold outside.
Where once NASCAR and IndyCar had a stranglehold on American gearheads, the splash hit Netflix docu-drama “Drive to Survive” has indoctrinated legions of new fans in the United States.
Neither icy cold nor eye-watering winds whipping along the Hudson River could deter the dozens of people who showed up outside the Classic Car Club on Friday, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite drivers heading for the launch.
“I’ve been following it for a while and around 2017, 2016 it wasn’t that big in the United States,” said Tyler Quinn, 21, a college student in Manhattan, who last year saved up to see the Formula One race in Canada and feared the growing fan base could make future trips prohibitively expensive.
“It’s exploded exponentially. You know, when I talk to people in school … they all know about F1, they all recognise certain things, they all ask me questions. It’s growing fast and I really am glad about that.”
Las Vegas will join Austin and Miami as the third race in the United States in the 2023 calendar as F1 looks to make further inroads into the lucrative market.
Speaking at the members-only Classic Car Club, where a garage of luxury cars is available for patrons to enjoy, Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner told Reuters that “Drive to Survive” had been a “game changer”.
Gary Lineker returns to ‘Match of the Day’ duties
Alan Shearer welcomed his co-host, describing it as a “really difficult situation”
Football commentator Gary Lineker is back at the BBC following last week’s controversy surrounding his views on the U.K. government’s asylum policy.
Welcoming Lineker back, fellow host Alan Shearer said it has been a “really difficult situation for everyone concerned.”
Lineker was taken off air following a critical tweet on the government’s asylum policy.
Last Saturday’s Match of the Day was broadcast without presenters or commentary and was only 20 minutes long – with many of Lineker’s BBC Sport colleagues walked out in “solidarity”.
The BBC has since said it will launch an independent review of its social media guidelines, particularly for freelancers like Lineker.
But, in the meantime, he is free to return to hosting duties.
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Haas defends itself over Russia machine allegations
The team says the last time any machines were sent was in March last year
Formula One team Haas has defended itself against allegations its parent company was providing machines and parts to Russia.
The story on U.S. broadcaster PBS alleged 18 machines had been sent to Russia, from Haas, since sanctions were imposed, following the war in Ukraine.
Haas has denied the claims, saying the story is “simply false”.
The F1 team previously ended its partnership with Russian fertiliser company Nikita Mazepin in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Haas Automation is and has always been in full compliance with US government export control,” a statement from the motor racing team read.
“No machines have shipped from the Haas Automation factory to Russia since March 3, 2022.
“The 18 machines referenced in the story left the Haas Automation factory prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
Haas was the most affected team from the war in Ukraine when it began in February 2022.
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