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  1. A book about Monaco The week of the Monaco Grand Prix is a good time to launch a book about the race and thus Malcolm Folley’s “Monaco – Inside F1’s Greatest Race” is well-timed. This is not a history of the event but rather a collection of different stories and reminiscences of the author and a number of high profile Formula 1 names, including Niki Lauda, Damon Hill, Sir Jackie Stewart, David Coulthard, Nico Rosberg and Olivier Panis. There are also discussions with people involved in the organisation of the event, with a sponsor, a photographer and even a travel agents. Folley spent many years as the Chief Sports Writer of the Daily Mail and was around F1 a fair amount in the old days, although not really in the modern era. Nonetheless he knows the subject well and has written an engaging and interesting book about the goings-on that surround Monaco. The race is the most celebrated on the F1 calendar and it is a place that every F1 fan should visit if it is possible at some point in their lives. People say there is no overtaking at Monaco and that it is a boring track but anyone who says such a thing has obviously never been there and seen what the drivers do as they hustle their cars around the circuit. And, of course, there is the atmosphere of the place and the sense that anything can happen (as we saw in 1996 when Olivier Panis drove through the field to win a completely unexpected victory). Monaco – Inside F1’s Greatest Race is published by Century, an imprint of Penguin Random House. It retails for £20 and can be found if you click here.
  2. MCLAREN DISCUSSING RETURN TO INDYCAR SERIES Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 adventure could herald McLaren’s return to IndyCar racing and kick start talk about bringing Formula One back to the Brickyard, McLaren executive director Zak Brown said on Wednesday. What was widely viewed as a one-off by Spaniard Alonso and his McLaren Formula One team could result in something far more substantial following what has been an upbeat homecoming to IndyCar following a 38-year absence. With McLaren sputtering along at the back of the F1 grid, the team gave Alonso permission to skip the Monaco Grand Prix to race in the Indianapolis 500 and he has set the motor racing world buzzing by qualifying fifth fastest for Sunday’s showcase. The excitement has not been lost on Alonso’s McLaren bosses, and Brown in particular who will be the busiest man in motor sport this weekend flying back and forth between Monaco and Indianapolis for two of racing’s biggest events. “North America is a very important, market for us,” Brown told reporters. “We’re a racing team, but also have other businesses. “Our criteria for competing outside of Formula One is that it has to be commercially viable, we have to feel we can be competitive, it fits our brand, and it doesn’t detract from our Formula One efforts. “Indy 500 and IndyCar tick those boxes. It is something that we’re definitely going to discuss and (we) have met with IndyCar, and are certainly interested in competing in some way, shape or form in the not-too-distant future.” The return of McLaren, the second most successful team after Ferrari in the history of Formula One in terms of wins and titles, to the IndyCar paddock would be a huge boost of prestige to the struggling series that has been dominated by three teams – Penske Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport. McLaren is no stranger to the Indy scene, even though it has been 38 years since they last contested the 500 and 41 years since they last found Victory Lane. The team have a different hue under American executive Brown while the sport has new American owners in Liberty Media with plans to expand in the United States. Brown, a former racer who lived and worked in Indianapolis, believes F1’s return to IMS (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) is a no-brainer. Promoted as “The Racing Capital of the World”, Indianapolis has had a rocky relationship with Formula one. The United States Grand Prix was run at the Speedway from 2000-2007 until ending its relationship after a dispute with former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone over money. “I think it makes sense for Formula One to be at the world’s greatest racetrack,” said Brown. “I realise it may not have the glamour of some of the other markets that are being spoken about, but it’s here, it’s ready to go. “I think economically, given that Liberty is taking a different view on some of their future partnerships, I think there is an opportunity there.” IMS president Doug Boles told Reuters there had been no talks with Liberty about F1 but he would be interested in exploring the idea. “We would have to figure out the economics of it,” said Boles. “That is why it wasn’t here after 2007 and I think in order for it to come back here the economics have to make sense.”
  3. HAMILTON: I AM VERY HONOURED BEING UP TO AYRTON This weekend Lewis Hamilton could match Ayrton Senna’s record of 65 Formula 1 pole positions, however the milestone does not add extra pressure to the Mercedes driver, but instead he is honoured by the comparison to his boyhood idol. There is a certain poignancy to the fact that the record can be attained by Hamilton at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, where the late Brazilian legend won no fewer than six times – a feat unlikely to be matched any time soon.. Hamilton said in an interview, “I love to watch the old onboard footage of Senna racing in Monaco – seeing him coming out of the tunnel and thinking: Hey, that’s what I do every year now!” “And matching his qualifying record? That somehow feels very unreal and I am very honoured being up to him. But there is no pressure about that: if it happens it happens, if not then not.” The race in Monte Carlo is the crown jewel of Formula 1, Hamilton acknowledges, “I live here, but the excitement never goes away on a race weekend. And if I drive with my normal road car or my motorbike I still sometimes can’t believe that we are really racing with F1 cars here, with speeds of 200 miles an hour! And there are only 20 of us who can do it! To be honest, we could have this race every weekend.” “This race is so special and so impossible to predict – like the phenomenon of a unicorn – so it is a rather rhetorical question. Probably I could have won two or three more, but in the end I am happy with the ones that I have – especially with how these two wins came in 2008 and 2016.” “These were real ‘quality races’ – really earned. But sure I want more!” added Hamilton.
  4. CAREY: NEXT YEAR THERE WILL BE 21 RACES Formula 1 chief Chase Carey has revealed that in 2016 the world championship calendar will consist of 21 rounds, as Liberty Media focus on improving the current race weekends before adding to the schedule. Carey told Auto Motor und Sport, “Next year there will be 21 races. The list of places that are interested in hosting a Grand Prix fills a page. Priority is to make the 21 races we have better.” “There are venues that we would like to include in our program, because they would increase the attention value. New York, Miami, Las Vegas are such candidates. We have five or six cities in the United States that are interested.” Currently the sport is tightly governed by secretive agreements signed in stone under the auspices of Bernie Ecclestone engineered Concorde Agreement. But Carey does not see this as a deterrent, “We do not let the Concorde Agreement determine the schedule. Certain changes need time to take place.” “For example, the engine. We want a new engine, but it is not something that can be developed in six months. We take time without the usual bureaucracy to make sure that the next engine concept is the right one.” “With regards to the current engine some things were not thought to end. It is a bit too complicated and a bit too expensive. And too quiet. In the past, the thinking process was too short-term.” “For the long-term direction of sport, it is more important that everything fits in 2020. The Concorde Agreement is not an obstacle for us. It is not healthy if you have a date in the future that can not be changed. I am looking for long-term partnerships with all stakeholders. Our point of view is: On the racetrack they all opponents, off-track we build the sport together,” added Carey.
  5. This Day In History: Dracula goes on sale in London The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on this day in 1897. A childhood invalid, Stoker grew up to become a football (soccer) star at Trinity College, Dublin. After graduation, he got a job in civil service at Dublin Castle, where he worked for the next 10 years while writing drama reviews for the Dublin Mail on the side. In this way, Stoker met the well-respected actor Sir Henry Irving, who hired him as his manager. Stoker stayed in the post for most of the next three decades, writing Irving’s voluminous correspondence for him and accompanying him on tours in the United States. Over the years, Stoker began writing a number of horror stories for magazines, and in 1890 he published his first novel, The Snake’s Pass. Stoker would go on to publish 17 novels in all, but it was his 1897 novel Dracula that eventually earned him literary fame and became known as a masterpiece of Victorian-era Gothic literature. Written in the form of diaries and journals of its main characters, Dracula is the story of a vampire who makes his way from Transylvania–a region of Eastern Europe now in Romania–to Yorkshire, England, and preys on innocents there to get the blood he needs to live. Stoker had originally named the vampire “Count Wampyr.” He found the name Dracula in a book on Wallachia and Moldavia written by retired diplomat William Wilkinson, which he borrowed from a Yorkshire public library during his family’s vacations there. Vampires–who left their burial places at night to drink the blood of humans–were popular figures in folk tales from ancient times, but Stoker’s novel catapulted them into the mainstream of 20th-century literature. Upon its release, Dracula enjoyed moderate success, though when Stoker died in 1912 none of his obituaries even mentioned Dracula by name. Sales began to take off in the 1920s, when the novel was adapted for Broadway. Dracula mania kicked into even higher gear with Universal’s blockbuster 1931 film, directed by Tod Browning and starring the Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi. Dozens of vampire-themed movies, television shows and literature followed, though Lugosi, with his exotic accent, remains the quintessential Count Dracula. Late 20th-century examples of the vampire craze include the bestselling novels of American writer Anne Rice and the cult hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, not to mention numerous movies.
  6. NOAA Predicts More Hurricanes Than Usual This Year Stock up on your canned beans and gumboots, folks: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook has dropped, and for the first time in years, the weather monitoring agency is predicting more hurricanes than average. The Atlantic hurricane season, which kicks off next week and runs through the end of November, will see the development of 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine of which will reach hurricane status, NOAA predicts. To receive an official name, a tropical storm must feature windspeeds of 64km/h or higher. To reach hurricane status, that storm needs to muster enough strength for sustained winds of 119km/h or higher, while major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 and 5) clock in with windspeeds starting at 178km/h. This season, NOAA predicts two to four of those giants, which carry the most destructive potential. "The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or non-existent El Nino, near- or above-average sea-surface temperatures across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and average or weaker-than-average vertical wind shear in that same region," Gerry Bell, seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said in a statement. Strong El Nino events tend to suppress Atlantic hurricane activity, by inhibiting the development of the thunderstorms that seed these cyclones. Meanwhile, warm sea surface temperatures mean more energy for passing storms to feed off, plus additional evaporation of water into an atmosphere that can hold more. These are some of the reasons scientists worry hurricanes could become more intense in a warming climate, although so far, the Atlantic basin hasn't experienced a hurricane uptick clearly attributable to climate change. While the 2017 Hurricane Season Outlook marks the first above-average hurricane season NOAA has anticipated since 2013, it's worth noting that this is just a prediction. NOAA predicts a 35 per cent chance of a near-normal season, and a 20 per cent chance of a lower-than-average hurricane showing, so there's still a considerable deal of uncertainty. And historically, these predictions aren't always right. Last year, NOAA predicted a near-normal hurricane season, but 2016 turned out to be a doozy, with seven hurricanes, four of which achieved major hurricane status. Most memorable of those, of course, was Hurricane Matthew, the record-smashing storm that intensified into a Category 5 in just 36 hours before proceeding to rampage across the Caribbean, laying waste to impoverished Haiti and prompting one of the largest evacuations in Florida's history. So, yes, hurricanes are scary, and we should be glad to have some of the best weather-monitoring infrastructure and brightest meteorologists in the world working to track them. Let's try and keep it that way.
  7. Not a bad selfie there Rob
  8. That Diplomatico rum sure look delish. Price tag here is $300 but I've spent that on good single malt so why not!
  9. Nice article, certainly interesting. I've never done so as I usually drink every drop from the bottle but who can tell if something you mix can turn out to be brilliant? If you were to do so, I'd take note each time you mix certain portions of certain alcohols just in case the mix you make ends up being great! And here is that video as per article by YouTuber Ralfy Mitchell.
  10. Lance Stroll infuriating F1 purists for PlayStation excuse BEING the rich kid on the Formula 1 grid, the popularity battle was one rising star Lance Stroll was never going to win. Right now though he’s losing it. Badly. The rookie Williams driver is the most under pressure driver in the sport following his latest blunder — screeching into the walls on the first day of practice around the iconic Monaco Grand Prix circuit. Even more than his mistake, Stroll, 18, is taking fire for his stiff-upper lip response to the criticism he has received. Rightly or wrongly, the Canadian is being popularly portrayed as the petulant, clueless up-start. His latest words aren’t helping his case. Stroll’s Williams was running 16th in Practice 2 on Thursday (AEDT) when the back of his car slid out a fraction while turning into Casino Square, sending his car crashing into the barriers. That was his day done. His excuse for his mistake was, well, interesting. “It really p***** me off, because every time I play the PlayStation game, it’s always those corners that I can’t get right, and in reality it’s still those two corners,” he said. “I just sent it in, kind of looking for the limit. I lost the rear and got into the dirt a little bit — typical street circuit mistake. “If you don’t touch the wall in Monaco you’re not on the limit.” His cavalier, nonchalant attitude to his crash — and the long hours his team has ahead of them to put his car back together — also may not be the best look for a kid with an image problem. “I was really happy with the day, other than the little crash at the end,” he said. “It’s just one of those things. Monaco, that happens.” In his defence, it is his first time around the famous track. It is his first year in the sport — and his meteoric rise from winning the Formula 3 European championship last year into the pinnacle of motorsport is notoriously difficult. It doesn’t help his cause that Red Bull star Max Verstappen has bucked the trend and made the same transition with ease. Stroll has calmly made public calls for his “haters” to cool their jets. Saying it’s his first season and he should be given time to settle before judgement day. He forgets this is Formula 1, the so-called pinnacle of motorsport and nobody is given space. It’s cut-throat. You thrive or you’re out the back door. The Telegraph’s Oliver Brown has reported the F1 grid is growing tired of Stroll already. “Stroll is racing for Williams, a fabled F1 team that has produced seven world champion drivers, and yet he still seems to regard the privilege as akin to playing a computer game,” he wrote. All this is exacerbated by the wealth that has fuelled his career. All through the junior categories of motorsport, Stroll has enjoyed the financial support of his father and many believe it is the only reason he was promoted by Williams to the big dance. His dad Lawrence Stroll made a fortune by investing in clothing label Tommy Hilfiger — and the Stroll family has reportedly agreed to pay Williams for the right to drive their car this year. Some reports claim Lawrence Stroll has spent up to $86 million (50 million pounds) in total to get his son ready to drive his Williams. Whatever they are paying Williams may not be enough. Stroll has not finished in three of the five grands prix this year — some his fault, some not — and he has not scored a single championship point for his team. His best finish was 11th in Russia and his best qualifying performance was 10th. Bad luck and mistakes have contributed to Stroll’s struggles. Brake failure forced him out of the Australian GP, and errors from Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz caused his retirements in China and Bahrain. In Barcelona two weeks ago, he completed the race but gave up a 50-second lead over teammate Felipe Massa. While a lack of experience might be causing technical errors on the track, his youthful exuberance helps him to maintain a positive outlook. “I come from a background that when I win, people try and put me down, and when I lose, people try and put me down,” Stroll said. “I accept that, and I actually find it kind of funny. But whatever, that’s out of my control. I’m focused on what I’m doing.” It’s not the first time he’s had to take this defensive action. It’s becoming routine. It’s a routine that needs to change if he is to survive at this level. Even before Monaco, he was on the back foot. Speaking of himself in the third person is probably not a great look either. “The haters will always hate,” he said. “I think it is a very normal reaction. People think he has money, it is easy for him to be where he is. But in this sport everyone has to have money coming from somewhere to get through the junior ranks. “The fact I have won championships and races proves there is more to the story than money. “There are people who are hating you more because of where you are coming from. “People like the ‘He comes from nothing and made it to F1’ story. I know that, but I just do my thing, I focus on my job.”
  11. Coordinated Boa Attacks Are A Horror You Didn't Know Existed As twilight descends, nocturnal bat species rouse from their daily resting places to feed, creating spectacular clouds as they pour out of caves en masse. But look closer at Jamaican fruit bat colonies as they emerge from sinkhole caves in Cuba, and you may catch a glimpse of a concurrent macabre ritual: As the bats erupt from the cave, a deadly curtain of Cuban boas hangs in their path, aiming to snatch the winged creatures mid-flight. That's right — these snakes coordinate their attacks, and the result is terrifying. Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was guiding a bird- and mammal-watching tour through Desembarco del Granma National Park, Cuba, when he first noticed the cavern-hunting snakes. Intrigued by the bold behaviour, he decided to take a closer look. The boas involved could all be found basking near the cave's entrance during the day, while the bats slumbered in an adjacent chamber separated by a narrow passage. As daylight faded, some of the snakes would move from their warm nooks into the passageway. There, they would dangle their serpentine bodies from the ceiling, ready to strike as bats flew past. Other snakes would take up similar hunting positions as dawn approached, catching the bats as they returned. During each potential feeding opportunity, Dinets dutifully recorded the position of the snakes as well as their hunting success, or lack thereof. After eight days of records, Dinets concluded the snakes coordinated their hunts, and published his results in the Animal Behaviour and Cognition. The first boa would pick its place. Then, when the next slithered up, it would position itself in near the first. And if a third snake joined in, it would hang with the others, too. Dinets considered that the snakes might all just prefer the same areas of the passage, but no snake chose the same segment twice during the entire study, suggesting coordination, not similar taste in locale. And that coordination paid off — boas were significantly more likely to capture a meal if they hunted together. "Visual observations suggested that most bats were able to avoid flying near boas when there were one or two boas present, but with three boas present the bats had to fly either within striking distance from one of them (often colliding with the boas) or very low above the passage floor," Dinets explained in the paper. While the snakes coordinated with one another, it's not quite accurate to say they hunted in a "pack" like wolves, as that implies a social aspect that Dinets didn't see. "I saw no evidence of direct communication," he told Gizmodo. "They just take each other's positions into account." Still, coordination to maximise hunting success is practically unknown in reptiles (crocodilians and monitor lizards are notable exceptions). "There is an old dogma stating that reptiles are mostly solitary and stupid," said Dinets. "My finding is just one of many recent discoveries challenging it." Intriguingly, this isn't the first cave where serpents have been observed hunting bats mid-flight. Writer, ecologist and wildlife photographer Neil Losin and his colleagues have observed a similar strategy among snakes in Puerto Rico. "We saw up to eight boas hunting at the same time, and it's certainly quite a 'gauntlet' for the bats to run," he said. But he and his team only observed and filmed — they didn't perform quantitative science to determine if the boas were coordinating their hunting. There's also the famous Cavern of Serpents near the village of Kantenmo, Mexico, where tourists flock to see snakes snatch bats as they exit for the evening. Again, no one has looked closely for coordination. But given the number of examples of this style of cavern feeding, "it is possible that coordinated hunting is not uncommon among snakes," Dinets said. "But it will take a lot of very patient field research to find out."
  12. YEP...... Then I realised wrong thread! I'm slowly editing and posting over them mate
  13. Maybe some of this is happening to get them that big
  14. Haas defends colour scheme change Haas F1 team boss Gunther Steiner says his team's change of livery came about because it wanted its logos to stand out better on television. The team has revamped its paint scheme for the Monaco Grand Prix, enhancing its grey colours with more white and bigger writing. Although the move has prompted some scepticism from fans, Steiner has explained that a decision to revise its colours came about after the team felt it was too hard to read the 'Haas' name on the car on television images. "We reviewed how you see it on television and it looked that on the side, the Haas, you could not really see it," said Steiner, when asked by Motorsport.com why the team had changed things. "So the creative guys came up with some ideas until we found what Gene [Haas] liked and that is why it changed. It is very simple. "It is a little bit of a different style. To make it more visible they went through a few iterations and they thought the white would stand out more, plus making it [the logo] bigger would help as well. "So we will see on Sunday I guess. We see on the weekend how it looks on TV."
  15. Nico Hulkenberg 'scratching his head' over Renault deficit Nico Hülkenberg says he is “scratching his head” following Renault’s sub-par performance during Thursday practice for the Monaco Grand Prix. Hülkenberg, who has secured points across the past three events, was unable to register a lap time in FP1 amid a suspected electronics issue, and finished only 17th quickest in the second session. Hülkenberg’s best lap time, set on Ultra Soft tyres, was 2.1s shy of Sebastian Vettel’s fastest effort, and the Renault driver was left perplexed at the pace deficit. “I’d like to know also… I don't know, I can’t tell you at this moment, I’m scratching my head as well,” he said of Renault’s subdued showing. “I’m a bit surprised with the car and the balance that I’ve found and the grip in FP2, which was very poor and far away from where I expected it to be. “So we need to really investigate what is going on, I’m sure something is not right, because it felt really poor out there. “It’s not just that I’m struggling with the balance a lot and confidence in the car but also the grip from the tyres… what we get seems really odd and poor.” Renault team-mate Jolyon Palmer was also afflicted by gremlins, stopping on track in FP2 with an engine failure, and echoed Hülkenberg’s comments. “I think we’re not working the tyres well really, I think were missing something here,” said Palmer, who struggled to 17th spot in FP1. “The balance isn’t so bad but we’re missing grip, so we need to turn on the tyres, where we are is pretty uncompetitive, so we’ve got a day to work out what’s going wrong and sure we can work something for Saturday. “It could be a set-up issue, tyres are the same for everyone, clearly something on our side that we’re not getting them working, the exact reason and how we’re going to do that is not yet clear.”

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