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Hamilton says tyre rules deprive fans SHANGHAI: Lewis Hamilton said F1 teams should be allowed more tyres Saturday after restrictions prompted some drivers to sit out final practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, meaning a raw deal for fans.Hamilton claimed a British-record 34th pole position and he did it without going out for a meaningful lap in final practice on Saturday morning as the rain teemed down in Shanghai.With FIA regulations only allowing four sets of intermediate tyres and three of full wets for a race weekend, many teams opted to save them so they could have a fresh set for each of the three qualifying stints later.That left fans who had paid RMB900-3,700 ($145-600) for a grandstand seat for the weekend looking at an empty track for much of free practice. Hamilton said maybe the rules should be changed."Yeah, I mean, we all had to save our tyres," he said in the post-qualifying press conference. ...

Vettel admits Ricciardo doing better job SHANGHAI: Sebastian Vettel admitted he needs to raise his game after Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on Saturday again out-qualified the four-time world champion at the Chinese Grand Prix.Ricciardo was no match for pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest by almost six-tenths of a second, but he put himself ahead of Vettel by qualifying on the front row for the second time this season, with the German third.Ricciardo was also comfortably quicker than Vettel in ...
Folau try the difference for Tahs over Bulls SYDNEY: An Israel Folau try in the opening 28 seconds proved the difference as the New South Wales Waratahs ended a nine-year Super 15 losing streak against the Northern Bulls on Saturday.Folau scored his ninth try of the season on his return from a throat injury to propel the Waratahs to a hard-fought 19-12 win over the South Africans in Sydney.The Waratahs, watched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, ended a losing eight-match run ...
Westwood wilts but maintains lead in Malaysia KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Westwood survived high temperatures and fierce competition from compatriot Andy Sullivan to cling onto the lead in the Malaysian Open on Saturday by a single-stroke.The Englishman, who boasts an impressive 12 career wins in Asia, started the day strongly but bogeyed his final hole in third-round play, allowing Sullivan to close in from six strokes behind overnight.Coming off a seventh place finish at last week's Masters in the United States, Westwood was ...
Petkovic, Kerber win to give Germany 2-0 lead BRISBANE: Germany took hold of their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday, winning both the opening day singles to lead Australia 2-0 in Brisbane.Andrea Petkovic downed Australia's number one and former US Open champion Samantha Stosur 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) in 101 minutes in the first singles match.World number seven Angelique Kerber then only dropped one game in disposing of Australia's number two Casey Dellacqua in just 50 minutes to seize control of the tie.Germany need only ...
Nadal searches for fire as French Open nears PARIS: Rafael Nadal won't panic after having his cloak of claycourt invincibility ripped to shreds by David Ferrer, but admits he needs to quickly rediscover his famed Spanish fire.The world number one suffered just his third career defeat in Monte Carlo when he slumped to a shock 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 quarter-final loss to compatriot Ferrer on Friday.Nadal had won the Monte Carlo title for eight successive years from 2005 to 2012 before his run was ...
Moyes set for tricky Everton return LONDON: Manchester United manager David Moyes will be under the spotlight when he returns to Everton on Sunday for the first time since he left the club for Old Trafford at the end of last season.Moyes was in charge at Goodison Park for 11 years before leaving when his contract expired to replace Alex Ferguson, British football's most successful manager, at United following his fellow Scot's retirement.While Moyes's successor, Roberto Martinez, has guided the Everton ...


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