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Record-breaking crowd at 2022 Australian Grand Prix, as Ferrari dominates



Melbourne was the city known for the world’s longest lockdown, but now it’s home to a stellar 2022 Australian Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc dominated the 2022 Australian Grand Prix in pole position, with the 24-year-old bringing home a grand slam.

Leclerc also secured the fastest lap for the race, in an impressive and untouchable win. He now sits 37 points ahead on the top of the championship board. 

“I think we were all surprised by our pace,”

“We managed the tyres extremely well … on the hard tyres we also seemed to have the upper hand. It was a very good surprise.”

Charles leclerc

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez secured second place on the podium and Mercedes George Russell claimed the third spot.

Both Perez and Russel performed impressively on the day.

Redbull’s world champion Max Verstappen was unfortunately shadowed by bad luck, retiring with engine failure.

The car was visibly overheating with smoke emerging from the engine, forcing Verstappen to retire in the 39th lap.

“I smell some weird fluid. Everything is sh** itself,”

max verstappen

“It’s frustrating and unacceptable.”

max verstappen
Photo credit: THE SUN DAILY

Australian favourite Daniel Ricciardo claimed 6th position for Mclaren, with his best performance at home since 2018.

Crowds were chanting “Ricciardo” all day long, with many happy to have his happy face back on home soil.

Record-breaking crowd

Over 400,000 attended the Grand Prix over the four days and nearly 130,000 people on race day.

This record attendance is the highest in Melbourne’s Grand Prix history.

Australia’s appetite for F1 action has built up over recent months, with some attributing the newfound interest to Netflix’s ‘Drive to Survive’ series.

The F1 show will head to Italy next for the Imola circuit, where Ferrari fans are bound to be out in droves to show their support.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Disney’s sport streaming goals



Disney’s ESPN may achieve a $24 billion valuation; potential suitors could involve Apple and Verizon.

In a recent financial report, Bank of America suggests that Disney’s ESPN could be on the verge of reaching a staggering $24 billion valuation. This eye-catching figure has sparked interest from potential buyers, with technology giants Apple and telecommunication leader Verizon being touted as likely contenders.

The valuation surge is attributed to ESPN’s successful digital transition, with streaming services, exclusive sports content, and expanding international markets contributing to its growth. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s sports networks further boosted ESPN’s portfolio, making it an attractive asset for prospective buyers.

Apple, known for its foray into content creation with Apple TV+, could leverage ESPN’s sports content to expand its media empire. Meanwhile, Verizon, with its vast telecom infrastructure and distribution capabilities, could use ESPN to enhance its content offerings and engage a broader customer base.

This development marks a pivotal moment in ESPN’s history, and its future owner could redefine the landscape of sports broadcasting. As the valuation continues to climb, all eyes are on the potential suitors and the ensuing negotiations.

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Paris shoe store challenges customers to outrun pro sprinter



A Parisian footwear boutique invites customers to partake in a unique and adrenaline-pumping shopping experience.

This audacious store, nestled in the heart of Paris, dared its patrons to steal a pair of shoes, all in good fun, provided they could outpace a professional sprinter.

Reports have emerged of this extraordinary stunt that combines shopping with a dash of track and field. The challenge was set by the shop as a marketing ploy, aiming to attract the adventurous and those in search of a novel retail encounter. The store employed the services of a pro sprinter, renowned for their lightning speed, who was ready to chase down any would-be ‘thieves’ on the spot.

The customers were offered a thrilling choice – take a leap of faith and try to outrun the sprinter, or purchase the shoes in the traditional manner. Those who dared to participate had their athletic skills put to the test, leaving bystanders in awe.

This daring initiative has sparked conversations around town, with opinions ranging from branding brilliance to potential risks involved. While it has generated considerable attention, many are questioning the wisdom of such an unconventional strategy.

Zeze, 29, is a French Olympian who’s current run of the 100-meter dash is under 10 seconds.


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Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open comeback after injury hiatus



Tennis fans rejoice as Rafael Nadal, the renowned Spanish tennis maestro, is geared up to mark his return to the Australian Open

In 2024 after Nadal will return to the game after a year-long absence due to persistent injuries. The anticipation surrounding his comeback has been mounting, and enthusiasts are eager to witness his extraordinary skills on the court once again.

Nadal’s absence from the Australian Open in 2023 was a setback for both the tournament and his legion of fans. The ‘King of Clay’ has been nursing injuries, focusing on a rigorous rehabilitation regime to ensure he comes back stronger and more formidable than ever. His determination to overcome challenges and re-enter the tennis arena has been nothing short of inspirational.

The Australian Open holds a special place in Nadal’s illustrious career, and his return to the tournament is highly anticipated. Tennis aficionados are keen to witness whether Nadal can reclaim his former glory and compete at the highest level after his hiatus.

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