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Carlos Sainz triumphs as Max Verstappen’s misfortune hits Australian Grand Prix

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Carlos Sainz clinched victory at the Australian Grand Prix after Max Verstappen’s early exit due to a fire.

Despite starting from pole position and leading after the first lap, Verstappen’s race ended abruptly with mechanical issues, engulfed in flames as he returned to the pits at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.

Following Verstappen’s misfortune, Sainz dominated the race, maintaining a comfortable lead ahead of his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc.

Despite undergoing surgery to remove his appendix just days prior, the Spaniard showcased his prowess, securing a memorable win.

It was a disastrous beginning in the Melbourne Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen suddenly slowed down, with smoke pouring out from the back of his Red Bull F1 car.

COmmentators first thought it was the power unit, but very quickly it was clear there was a problem with the brakes, which had melted the rear tyre.

Formula 1 Grand Prix chaos as Max Verstappen retires early. Source: Sky Sports

It was only the third lap of the race where the heat and intensity of the fire took him out.

As he pulled into the pits, Red BUll staff rushed to his car with fire extinguishers to rescue the driver, who climbed out of the car.

Verstappen in 2022

The Formula 1 season is renowned for its unpredictability, and the 2022 Grand Prix witnessed another chapter in the drama-filled saga of motorsport.

On lap 39 of the race, all eyes were on Max Verstappen as he encountered a devastating setback, retiring due to a fuel issue that sparked a fire within his car.

This unexpected turn of events not only halted Verstappen’s charge but also set the stage for a series of thrilling moments in the remaining laps.

Verstappen’s retirement, attributed to a fuel issue distinct from his previous challenges in Bahrain, sent shockwaves through the racing world.

As flames engulfed his car, it marked the end of his aspirations for a podium finish, leaving fans and pundits alike pondering the implications for the championship standings.

The deployment of the virtual safety car added another layer of tension, temporarily slowing down the race and reshuffling strategies among the remaining contenders.

 

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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