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Max Verstappen wins Dutch Grand Prix, equals F1 record

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Max Verstappen, the dominant force in Formula One, secured another victory at the Dutch Grand Prix, extending his winning streak to nine consecutive wins.

This remarkable achievement matches the record set by Sebastian Vettel in 2013 and further strengthens Verstappen’s lead in the championship.

The Dutch driver, representing Red Bull Racing, claimed his third consecutive victory from pole position at the Zandvoort circuit. He faced stiff competition from veteran driver Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin, who finished second and earned a bonus point for the fastest lap.

Verstappen expressed his delight at achieving nine consecutive wins, a feat he hadn’t even considered before. He credited his capable car for his impressive performances and appreciated the unwavering support of the passionate Dutch fans.

The race was marked by its chaotic nature, with changing weather conditions leading to multiple tire changes and delays. A late red flag was caused by Zhou Guanyu’s crash, halting the race for 40 minutes. It resumed with Verstappen leading the pack, and he comfortably pulled away to secure his 11th win of the season, further extending his lead over his teammate, Sergio Perez.

Dominant era

Notably, Red Bull Racing has now achieved 14 consecutive victories dating back to the final race of the previous season, marking a dominant era for the team.

Max Verstappen is edging closer to his own record of 15 wins in a season, set last year. With 46 wins overall, he currently ranks fifth in the all-time list, with Alain Prost (51) and Sebastian Vettel (53) within his reach.

While Verstappen celebrated his success, Ferrari had a disappointing day, with Charles Leclerc retiring due to floor damage. Fernando Alonso, on the other hand, is experiencing a resurgence in his career and remains confident about securing his 33rd career win in the future.

The next race at Monza, Ferrari’s home track, holds the potential for Verstappen to set a new Formula One record if he secures a victory, making it a significant event in his career.

Verstappen’s impressive run continues to captivate Formula One fans, and with nine races remaining in the season, the competition for the championship remains exciting.

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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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