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What the ####?! Issue 40 – Why England’s Sport is the biggest roller-coaster rider ever?

Good morning from a cloudy Thurlby, it has been a great week off with so many great activities but something almost kind of spoiled it. It was on Friday night where we had the most freakiest Thunder, lightning storms for a very long time. I was in a middle of sleeping as well and the flashes were so bright, I had to go to the toilet, turn on the light until about ten seconds later, the power all cut out!!! I can ensure you it wasn’t a dream if I felt that little bit frightened and hot, boy it was hot!!! Needed a distraction instantly, if i had a girlfriend then it would be better, I shall leave it to your own imagination.

Right back to the story in hand, we have got a lot of brilliant sport happening at the moment but somehow we create the most incredible and heartbreaking storylines in the world. It’s maybe just a thing to us Brit’s that we don’t plan any of this at all, this isn’t fix unless you are EC3 (for all you TNA fans who knows that he is the biggest cheat in the world full stop!!).

From the Women’s world Cup, England after a slow start against France in the group stages, suddenly played like a great team and they were making history, so much so, papers were like saying “This could be 1966 all over again, we can’t wait!!!” One of the things that a certain Andy Parson’s from mock the week said that the semi-final draw of “England v Japan and Germany v USA, was more like the match-up of World War II”, true but this is certainly more different.

England were certainly holding on to the best of their ability’s against Japan and it looked like it was going to go to extra time until the cruelest of lucks happened. The defender, Bassett somehow diverted the cross over the goalkeeper, hit the crossbar and rolled over the line with seconds to go. Bassett ended up in bucket-loads of tears and I do certainly feel for her.

But hey, we heard this morning that England managed to pull off an unlikely victory against Germany in the third place play-off. A 1-0 victory thanks to a bit of good fortune for a change, a penalty at extra-time. That means we didn’t win like in 1966 but this result puts the women team it’s second best result in any world cup ahead of men’s team finishing 4th in Italia 1990.

Another example from this week, one of the Wimbledon matches of the year!!!! Britian’s number 1 women’s player, Heather Watson was on a roll but had to face Serena Williams in the third round. This was in fact the very first match between the two players and this we can call it, was no ordinary circumstances.

Heather was nervous at Centre Court and it showed in the first set, Serena looking comfortable to win the first set 6-2. However, with the help from the crowd and a bit more confidence, Heather took her game to new heights and won the second set 6-4. The way that she was playing, Serena was working ever so hard and even screamed whenever she won a good point, the American knew she was in for a fight.

And when Heather broke Serena’s serve twice in the final set to get a 3-0 lead, that advantage is priceless. However, you can never count out Serena and her determination and aggressive play worked and she immediately broke back twice. I couldn’t watch, seriously I fought when I’ve been watching Andy Murray that I always seem to give him bad luck, that’s how i feel for our superstars.

Then the final set actually came to 5-4 to Heather Watson and she was serving for the match. She came as close as two points away from winning but Serena fought to take three more consecutive games to win 7-5 on the final set. I honestly never seen Serena scream so much when winning a point and her emotion when she won that match. This is what we have to endure, forget Eastenders and the nasty women in Emmerdale, this is proper drama at it’s very best.

I haven’t seen James Ward’s five set lose against Vasek Pospisil but I bet that was a similar heartache match.

One final example to bring you and this was back in 2008 end of October, early November. The Formula 1 season was coming to it’s conclusion at Interlagos, Brazil and the championship was all coming down to a battle between Lewis Hamilton and home-town hero Felipe Massa who was driving in the Ferrari and favorite to win.

The race was coming closer to the end but with about 5-6 laps to come, the heavens opened and massive decisions were taken if the cars wanted to pit for Intermediate tyres. Lewis Hamilton came in and was out just ahead of Sebastian Vettel (in a Toro Rosso and he already had a win in Monza in the wet).

Staying ahead of Sebastian would be enough to win the title but in unpredictable conditions, mistakes do happen and the German capitalize in Lewis’s mistake and passed him. That would now mean with Felipe Massa in the lead, he would be world title and it looked like that was the case.

In the final few corners when Felipe celebrated his win and the title thought they had won the drivers championship, a certain Timo Glock in the Toyota, was struggling on his slick tyres was losing grip fast and was so slow that Lewis moved up a spot and now it was Lewis Hamilton who won the drivers championship, to the amazement of Nicole Scherzinger and to the horror of the Ferrari who stopped and stared in disbelief.

We know that most of us will watch a sporting event so good, it will have you on the edge of your pants in agonizing fashion. Just make sure, if you ever come to the UK and are watching sport in a pub, an arena or at home, expect somebody in the room to hide, somebody to open their mouths and hold it for 10 seconds and somebody to say “I can do that!!!” Maybe you can mate but only if you tried.

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Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2015 Review

Ferrari vs Mercedes

The Ferrari’s showed their pace was real throughout the weekend. With Nico struggled to put a lap together, Vettel managed to split to two Mercedes on the front row.

Lewis Hamilton had another flying start and took control throughout the race, despite coming out close on the first stop and the brakes fading on the final lap, Lewis held onto the lead to take another race win to strengthen his lead in the championship.

Kimi Raikkonen produce a different stratgey that work brilliantly in his favour. After putting on the harder tyre in the middle stint, Kimi changed onto the softs for the final ape which he was flying, taking 2nd after a mistake from Rosberg.

Nico was battling against the Mercedes all through the race and as the sparks flew, he made sure he dived onto the inside late to take the place away each time. But in that mistake two load towards the end, his brakes failed on him that flew away his 2nd place finish.

Sebastian Vettel was right at the front end throughout the race, showing great speed. But a mistake late on under pressure from Nico forced Vettel to changing his front nose. He then failed to overtake Bottas and have to settle for 5th.

Button’s Breakdown

Jenson Button only managed a handful of laps all through Friday after a technical drama. When the team repaired the item, they kept experiencing more problems with the McLaren and was forced out of both qualifying and the race.

Fernando Alonso was mixing it up with the minor teams, his strategy worked and manage to finish just outside the points in 11th.

Sparks on show

One of the highlights was the sparks that was created throughout the race, more than usual. Made it certainly a sparky start to the race. This was all because the teams wanted to put more of a show and if that was great, can’t wait till Singapore.

Other stars

Romain Grosjean has gotten to grips well with the new Lotus this season. With Maldonado at his wide best, Romain was more calm controlled through the race to finish 7th.

Dannil Kyvat manage to turn his poor qualifying into a race that was respectable considering Red Bull are not performing well enough. Ninth place for Dannil with Riccardo on his own in 6th.

Italian worries

There has been speculation surrounding the future of the Italian Grand Prix. With western euorpe races falling by the wayside, the emergies of the Americans and Asia races seem to be taken over.

But with a track full of history and passion as Monza, the exclusion in the calendar would be a devastating blow especially with many years of fantastic racing. We will hear more I am sure.

Awards
Driver of the race – Kimi Raikkonen
Villain – Maldonado (wild yet again)
Rising star – Vaterie Bottas
Bad luck – Jenson Button
Highlight – sparks everywhere

Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix 2015 Review

Mercedes at War again

It hasn’t been long till the Mercedes drivers are in the headlines once again, maybe for all the wrong reasons. After dominating the weekend, Lewis Hamilton lead from the front in the race until the mid point where Rosberg, from pressure over Vettel, wanted Lewis to go faster and not ruin his race. Lewis was maintaining a gap keeping his tyres in check and not rushing in which this latest spark began. Nico Rosberg was fuming in the interviews afterwards, blaming entirely on Lewis. 

If I’m being honest with you, I can see that Nico doesn’t want to be number 2 but don’t try to hurry up your team-mate, if you want to go faster, try and pass him be a proper race driver, a bit like what Vettel did to Mark Webber back in Malaysia a few years ago. I think this will be a first of a latest set of Sparks and what’s next, oh yes, Bahrain 😄😄.

As for the pace, Mercedes were back to their dominate best and had control over Ferrari on the harder tyre in the final stages of the race. We will see if Ferari can close the gap in the coming races.

Prancing Horse defeating Williams hands down

Ferrari’s victory in Malaysia wasn’t a fluke by any means, their pace is for real and in China, there were still many positives to bring, even if there were 2nd best. Vettel kept up the pace with Rosberg most of the race but struggled on the harder tyre.

Raikkonen made some crucial passes to both Williams drive at the start and controlled his pace throughout the race. His comedy moments near the end of the race about getting those cars out of the way was a pure highlight for me because of the delivery and sarcasm, brilliant.  

As for William’s, they just couldn’t keep up with Ferrari and we’re having a lonely race on their own it’s an alternative strategy. Felipe Massa this time beating Bottas for that 5th place. Sarah Williams do need those upgrades at Barcelona to fight Ferrari and fast because they are losing ground.

Maldonado Maniac

The first few races were a first lap disaster for Pastor but this race was going to be for some people, back to his dangerous best for all the wrong reasons. First up, he went too fast trying to turn to the pit lane so he had to reverse and go forward again.

Part 2, he had a very side spin into the turns 6-7 complex which put him behind both McLaren’s. That then turned into a cracking few lap din-dons side by side action until possible moving twice which lead to Jenson Button tagging him from behind and both spinning around. 

The mad race turned into a decent race to his team-mate Romain Grosjean, Romain used his updated car to drive himself to a decent 7th place finish. Lotus you could say are slowly on the up.

Red Bull defeat plus other news

A gearbox problem ended the race for Danni Kyvat who hadn’t been having the best of weekends anyway. For Riccardo, he had a terrible start in which he was dropped near the back of the field. His determined drive though not still like it was before fought his way to 9th.

A guy who made some great dives on the inside was the ever impressive Max Verstappen. He was flawless once again, only to have no power a few laps near the end of the race. Carlos Sainz struggled with gearbox problems as well as a early spin which doesn’t help matters at all. 

Nico Hulkenberg was the only over retirement for the race both Force India’s struggled for pace, Sergio Perez finished just outside the points in 11th. The Ferrari powered Sauber got both cars in the points,  Nasr impressive again in 8th, Erricson 10th.

Both McLaren’s and Manor cars manage to finish in the points. Alonso beating Button this time round on alternate strategy, getting closer to Q2 by a whisker. Will Stevens finished his first race ahead of teammate Merhi and well deserved.

Awards

Driver of the race – Lewis Hamilton 

Villain of the weekend – Guy who ran across the track in free practice 

Rising star – Joloyn Plamer who took part in free practice

Unlucky guy – Danni Kyvat

Highlight – Raikkonen’s humor on team radio