Sport




F1 sets Benchmark for Sporting World going Carbon Neutral - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

 

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  • "Formula One has pledged to deliver on an ambitious programme - to address the climate !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by going carbon neutral within 11 years !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "F1 has committed to a plan - that not only ensures it has a net carbon impact of zero by 2030 !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but will also adopt policies to make all grands prix - fully sustainable by 2025 !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "every team has embraced the carbon-zero goal with an understanding, that the sport - must reflect public opinion on climate !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the hope, that it may stand as a model - for other sports to follow suit !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "F1’s review revealed the sport produced 256,000 tons of CO2 in a season - achieving the target of a net carbon impact of zero in 11 years is not easy"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "( 45% of the total carbon is from air, sea and road transport of the logistics - put on each race )"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the intention is to wipe out the carbon footprint - by developing synthetic fuel, and making logistics and travel as efficient as possible !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "while ensuring offices, facilities and factories are powered by renewable energy - and eliminating single use plastic !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Formula One should serve as an example:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is very welcome that Formula One is making this commitment, to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 - and significantly clean up their environmental impact  !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it should set a benchmark for all other sports organisations and businesses to follow suit - if F1 can do it, then surely anyone can !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the science is clear - we must turn our whole economy and society, to be net-zero carbon by 2030 !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the plan is strongly backed by the F1 drivers ! - Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel is also vehement, the sport should be acting swiftly:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it’s a great message - and it’s about time"  ! - "it’s great to see people can make decisions - and make a change"  !

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is a challenge - but about time"  ! - "I would like to see some of the sustainable goals achieved sooner"  !

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is a must in our times"  ! - "and we can’t afford to wait"  !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "F1 has also committed to making all grands prix - fully sustainable events by 2025 !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the carbon zero target, is to be pursued by the development of a carbon neutral power unit - using synthetic fuel  !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "using renewable energy across the sport’s facilities, offices, and factories  !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "ensuring the logistics and travel are as efficient as possible - and using carbon capture, and tree-planting  ! - to offset anything that cannot be eliminated  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drivers write open Letter urging Overhaul of 'obsolete' F1 Governance - Eurosport: LINK ¤ EUROSPORT

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  • "the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association - GPDA - has issued a strongly worded letter to urge Formula One bosses"

 

 

 

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  • "to overhaul the current governance of the sport"

 

 

 

 

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  • "labeling it "ill-structured" and "obsolete""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the statement comes in the wake of growing discontent and frustration from the drivers, which was evident at the Australian Grand Prix weekend"

 

 

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  • "when the new hastily devised elimination-style qualifying format flopped"

 

 

 

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  • "Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel used the qualifying farce to point out that drivers’ opinions and warnings had not been heard"

 

 

 

 

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  • "fearing that the sport is on a wrong path, the GPDA has decided to take action by releasing an open letter in which drivers’ grievances, but also their hopes, have been gathered:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "dear Formula 1 stakeholders, followers and fans"

 

 

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  • "the Grand Prix drivers would like to state our following position:"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we drivers love our sport !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "since childhood, we dreamed of racing the fastest race cars from the top teams on the coolest tracks against the best drivers in the world"

 

 

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  • "which makes us most probably the people with the purest interest for Formula 1, beside our fans"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Formula 1 is currently challenged by a difficult global economic environment, a swift change in fan and consumer behaviour, and a decisive shift in the TV and media landscape"

 

 

 

 

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  • "we feel that some recent rule changes - on both the sporting and technical side, and including some business directions"

 

 

 

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  • "are disruptive, and do not address the bigger issues our sport is facing !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "therefore, the drivers have come to the conclusion that the decision-making process in the sport"

 

 

 

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  • "is obsolete and ill-structured !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and prevents progress being made"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "indeed, it can sometimes lead to just the opposite, a gridlock"

 

 

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  • "this reflects negatively on our sport, and prevents it being fit for the next generation of fans"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we request and urge the owners and all stakeholders of Formula 1 (owners, their representatives, the governing bodies)"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to consider restructuring its own governance !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the future directions and decisions of F1, be they short or long term, sporting, technical or business orientated should be based on a clear master plan"

 

 

 

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  • "such plan should reflect the principles and core values of Formula 1"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we need to ensure that F1 remains a sport with the best drivers in extraordinary machines on the coolest race tracks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Alex Wurz, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, on behalf of the Grand Prix drivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lionel Messi scores brilliant Barcelona Goal in Copa del Rey Final - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Lionel Messi is magnificent - and scores twice ! - the first after 20 minutes the goal that set up this victory - and one that even he will surely consider extraordinary  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a moment before, he had confronted Mikel Balenziaga - who had been pulling at his shirt"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "now, revenge is exacted - he confronts the defender again, with the ball this time"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Lionel Messi receives possession on the right touchline ! - rolls the ball under his foot, and sets off"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Balenziaga and Beñat Etxebarria are left behind - Balenziaga twice !"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mikel Rico is next - then Ameyric Laporte"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "cutting into the area - Lionel Messi hits the ball hard and low ! - into the net - at the near post !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Iago Herrerín wore specially designed commemorative gloves for this final, embossed with the names of every goalkeeper who had played a Cup final for Athletic"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he can not reach it ! - none of them would have been able to !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "all around the stadium - hands are holding heads in disbelief ! - a simple question is repeated over and over:  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "how ?!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it is one of those moments that leaves you as helpless and baffled - as the defenders wondering, what had just happened  ?! - equally incapable of explaining it  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "how - to describe that ?!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "how - to do it justice ?!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "just watch - Lionel Messi !!!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Pep Guardiola says  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Guardiola hails Lionel Messi as best of all Time - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Pep Guardiola says Lionel Messi is the "best player of all time"  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Guardiola:  "I am happy that Lionel Messi is on this level ! - it's a privilege to be a contemporary of him !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's something that can't be repeated  !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Lionel Messi is so strong - so fast - so competitive !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he's now at the level at which - I have the privilege to coach him ! - at the FC Barcelona !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to see directly - how Lionel Messi plays so, so well !!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Lionel Messi is the best player - of all time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I never saw anyone like Lionel Messi - and I believe, we won't see another for a long time"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I hope Lionel Messi is able to help the FC Barcelona - to win the next Champions Leage title !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adrian Newey driven into F1 Margins by Engine Troubles and Politics
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Adrian Newey, the creative genius behind Red Bull’s four double world championships"

 

 

 

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  • "has revealed how frustrated he became with the Renault engine before he decided to become less involved with the Formula One team"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the FIA needs to be a bit more active rather than being completely passive (International Automobile Federation)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there has to be some governance"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Newey is also unhappy about the way the engine has become more important in the modern Formula One car"

 

 

 

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  • "with the current regulations, the engine is disproportionately important, whilst the chassis regulations have become very, very restrictive"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the cars are converging. You’ve only got to look at the cars out there. Apart from the small differences in the nose shape"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if you painted all the cars white"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "you’d need to be a reasonably good observer to know which one was which"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bernie Ecclestone in Court over Bribery Charges - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone has come face-to-face in a Munich court with the man whose testimony could make his life's work come crashing down around him"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ecclestone is defending himself against charges of bribing a public official, Gerhard Gribkowsky"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the former Bayern Landesbank chief risk assessment officer, payments totalling US$ 44m"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a promise of future employment in Formula One swayed him to act against his employer's interests"

 

 

 

 

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  • "easing the sale of Bayern LB's share to a company that had guaranteed to keep Ecclestone in charge as chief executive"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ecclestone claiming he had merely paid hush money to Gribkowsky after the latter threatened to supply information"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "about the ownership structure of Ecclestone's family trust Bambino to the tax authorities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Gribkowsky: "Formula One was an aggressive and greed-driven business"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in which the race continued behind the scenes, and one team won't let the other one keep the dirt behind their fingernails"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "I soon realised: there is no Formula One without Ecclestone"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it's a spiderweb with Ecclestone at the centre, pulling strings when things need to happen"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in 2006, Gribkowsky and Ecclestone met in the latter's caravan in Bahrain"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ecclestone asked him if Bayern LB had paid him a bonus"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when the German replied in the negative, Ecclestone commented: "tell me a number""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Gribkowsky gave him the number 50"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and handed Ecclestone a draft contract, which disappeared into the racing supremo's black briefcase"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at a meeting in London's Rib Room in May, Ecclestone told him that he would agree to US$ 44m"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Wada: Doping and organised Crime too big to manage
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the Wada (World anti-Doping Agency) director general David Howman has admitted the problem is getting"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "bigger and more serious"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and is getting too big for sport to manage"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he has issued a plea for a new "sports integrity unit", with Wada as part of it"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that would take responsibility for combating doping, match-fixing, corrupt betting and other forms of cheating"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "increasingly linked to global organised crime"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sebastian Vettel: Brazilian Grand Prix was toughest Race ever - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Sebastian Vettel described the Brazilian Grand Prix as the toughest race he has ever had"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "following a wet and dramatic day that saw him become the youngest of the nine drivers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to win three Formula One world titles"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Vettel lost radio communication with his team"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and pitted four times"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it was an incredible race"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they tried everything to make it difficult for us"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when you get turned around on turn four, it's not the most comfortable feeling"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a lot of people tried to use dirty tricks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "certain things that from our point of view were beyond the limit"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SPORT - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ SPORT

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  • "all forms of usually competitive physical activity which, through casual or organised participation"

 

 

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  • "aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills"

 

 

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  • "sports are governed by a set of rules or customs, which serve to ensure fair competition"
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