Hamilton wins Brazilian Grand Prix to keep F1 title race alive

first_imgLEWIS Hamilton produced a masterful performance to win a wet, chaotic, crash-strewn Brazilian Grand Prix and take the title fight to the final race.His ninth win of 2016 came in a race with several high-speed accidents, two stoppages and five safety cars.The victory cut the lead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished second, to 12 points.Rosberg will secure the championship if he finishes third in Abu Dhabi on 27 November even if Hamilton wins.Hamilton legendary, whether he is champion this year or notAs one of the most dramatic races for years unfolded, Hamilton was supreme at the front in treacherous conditions, lapping consistently faster than anyone.After each re-start Hamilton cruised easily away from Rosberg – building at one stage an 18-second lead in 14 laps before another safety car cut his lead to nothing.His victory is the 52nd of his career, making him the second most successful race winner of all time ahead of Alain Prost (51). Michael Schumacher is way ahead on 91.Not too bad, huh,” said Hamilton. “I was generally just chilling up front. When it rains it’s usually a good day for me. It was tricky for everyone. There were definitely opportunities for aquaplaning, which everyone did.“No mistakes, no issues, no spins. It was kind of interesting to hear how many people were spinning, but I didn’t have that problem.“I have always wanted to win since I watched Ayrton [Senna] win here in 1991. It has taken me a long time to get here and it is a historic day for me. To stand on the podium in Brazil where Ayrton was so loved was really special.”Rosberg said: “Didn’t go my way today. Lewis just did a great job. It was very difficult conditionslast_img read more

Nick Folk? Wes Welker? Bill Belichick to ‘see how it goes’ as Patriots consider kicker options

first_imgWelker’s name cropped up during the media session as the wide receiver was occasionally utilised as an emergency kicker during his NFL career – including slotting over an extra point for the Pats in 2010.”We were talking about him the other day – maybe we can see if we can round him up,” Belichick jokingly said of Welker, who is now on the coaching staff at the San Francisco 49ers.On a more serious note, he added: “If we lost three guys in any position it would be a problem.” Bill Belichick jokingly suggested he may try to tempt Wes Welker out of retirement as the Patriots continue to search for a solution to their kicking issues.The Pats boast a 10-2 record this season despite having to chop and change the identity of their kicker, using four different players in the role so far. Stephen Gostkowski was the starter before being placed on injured reserve and, after Mike Nugent failed to successfully fill the void, Nick Folk’s spell with the team was cut short when he had an appendix operation.Kai Forbath was on duty for the Week 13 defeat to the Houston Texans, kicking a field goal while landing one of his two extra-point attempts, but he was subsequently released on Monday.While there are reports Folk may return to New England in time for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, they had still yet to have a recognised kicker on their roster early on Friday.Asked about the situation in his news conference, Belichick said: “We will just have to see how it goes. We will go with what we’ve got, or… I don’t know, see how it goes.”All the feels this week #Patriots players see their #MyCauseMyCleats for the first time.All the cleats, all the causes: https://t.co/pVgiQGiaco pic.twitter.com/PcHVsaiI7d— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 5, 2019The Patriots head coach was then questioned over reports Folk is set to return, though when asked if an announcement was expected, he simply replied: “Nope”.Punter Jake Bailey is an option having accepted the added responsibility of kick-off duties in Gostkowski’s absence, though Belichick seemed relaxed over the situation as he proposed the idea of a familiar face coming back to the team.last_img read more