Lewis Hamilton extended a heartfelt apology to McLaren’s rising star, Oscar Piastri, following a collision during the Italian Grand Prix that dashed the Australian rookie’s hopes of earning points and necessitated a pit stop for a new front wing.
Hamilton, who finished sixth despite receiving a five-second penalty and two penalty points from race stewards, took full responsibility for the incident and acknowledged his error. The incident occurred as Hamilton attempted to overtake Piastri, who had been in eighth place, at the entry to the Variante della Roggia, just ten laps from the race’s conclusion.
Addressing reporters, Hamilton expressed remorse, saying, “It was a bit unfortunate, and I misjudged the gap I had with Piastri right at the end. It was totally my fault, and I went and apologized to him straight afterward, and we move on.”
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff commended Hamilton for his sportsmanship, highlighting his willingness to admit fault, a rarity in the motorsport world where drivers often try to deflect blame during tense moments.
Wolff stated, “He’s very sportsmanlike about these things. And he is the only one that I see out there admitting and saying ‘I got this wrong.’ We just had a chat, and he said, ‘I didn’t see him on the right, and it’s on me.’ Pretty much everyone else is otherwise complaining and moaning just to try not to get a penalty.”
Hamilton’s gesture of accountability has garnered praise from fans and fellow competitors alike, highlighting the sportsmanship and integrity that have made him a beloved figure in Formula One.
The incident, while unfortunate for both drivers, underscores the unpredictable nature of motorsport and the importance of maintaining professionalism and accountability in the face of challenges.
Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?
Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.
Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.
While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.
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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry
Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.
The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.
The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.
New Zealand example
Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.
The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.
With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.
Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’
Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.
The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.
In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.
We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.
Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.
This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.
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