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F1 news: Timo Glock axed by Marussia

Glock shock! Marussia dump driver to leave rookie Chilton waiting for new team-mate

By
Phil Duncan

PUBLISHED:

12:31 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:22 GMT, 21 January 2013

British Formula One rookie Max Chilton is on the lookout for a new team-mate after Timo Glock was surprisingly dumped by Marussia.

Reports gathered on Sunday evening that Glock, who has raced for Maurssia since the team made their debut in 2010, would leave.

And the news was confirmed today with the F1 team citing ‘commercial’ considerations behind their decision.

Your Timo's up: Glock has been axed by Marussia ahead of the new 2013 F1 season

Your Timo's up: Glock has been axed by Marussia ahead of the new 2013 F1 season

‘Timo is a fantastic driver and he has been a very popular member of the team,’ said Marussia chief John Booth.

‘Our team was founded on the principle of benefiting from proven experience while also providing opportunities for young emerging talent to progress to the pinnacle of motorsport.

‘Thus far, this philosophy has also been reflected in our commercial model.

‘And the ongoing challenges facing the industry mean that was have had to take steps to secure our long-term future.’

In a spin: Rookie Brit driver Max Chilton will be looking for a new team-mate after the German (right) was let go

In a spin: Rookie Brit driver Max Chilton will be looking for a new team-mate after the German (right) was let go

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Glock, who made his debut for Jordan in 2004 before spending two seasons at Toyota, wanted a bigger salary but Maurssia need a driver who can bring sponsorship to the cash-strapped team.

The British-based team suffered a hefty financial blow after conceding 10th place to Caterham in the closing stages of the season-finale in Brazil last year.

Bruno Senna, who was dropped by Williams, and Red Bull reserve driver Sebastien Buemi, are among the early favourites to replace Glock.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Totto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.

The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton’s close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.

Starting out: Britain's Max Chilton will join the grid for the first time this season

Starting out: Britain's Max Chilton will join the grid for the first time this season

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton will have a new boss at Mercedes next season after Williams shareholder Toto Wolff joined the team as an executive director.

The 41-year-old Austrian replaces Hamilton's close ally Norbert Haug who left at the end of last season.

David Luiz free-kick joins David Beckham and Roberto Carlos on list of greats

Bolt from the Blue! Luiz joins Becks, Carlos and co… but which free-kick is the best

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UPDATED:

18:04 GMT, 23 December 2012

David Luiz silenced Aston Villa this afternoon with a spectacular free-kick, bundling lightening precision, the perfect dip and total confidence into his execution.

Appearing to almost side-foot it over the wall and forcefully into the back of the net, Luiz’s free kick is a must-watch.

His technique and finish are likely to be talking points for the festive week’s highlights, but did it take our breath away in the same fashion as Roberto Carlos against France or Cristiano Ronaldo against Portsmouth

Here is Sportsmail's picks of the free kicks.

Bolt from the Blue: Luiz scored a stunning free-kick

Bolt from the Blue: Luiz scored a stunning free-kick

Roberto Carlos v France (Tournoi de France, 1997)

Possibly one of the greatest ever goals –
never mind free-kicks – Carlos’s heartbreaker against France prompted
endless scientific analysis to evaluate whether or not the stunning
outside-of-the-boot, left-footed rocket was a fluke.

Physicians
determined he meant it, the violent swerve into the net to bounce in off
the post and everything, so nobody questioned it ever again.

VIDEO: Bend it like Carlos…

Jose Luis Chilavert v Argentina (World Cup qualifier, 1996)

Unsurprisingly the only goalkeeper on our list, Jose Luis Chilavert’s beautiful dispatch against Argentina for Paraguay in 1996 is sublime – if not one for the purists.

Maybe it’s also the bulldog on his jersey, and his lack of goal celebration practice, which makes this so entertaining.

VIDEO: Forget the free-kick, check out the celebration!

Michel Platini v Spain (Euro 1984 Final)

If only his politics could be quite so direct. Platini at his peak was something else, and his free-kick against Spain in the final was near-perfect, and when goalkeeper Luis Arconda spilled his effort, all it took was for Bruno Bellone’s late chip to secure the trophy.

VIDEO: Platini heaps pain on Spain…

Cristiano Ronaldo v Portsmouth (Premier League, April 2008)

His look-at-me, screaming celebration was replicated on calendars, t-shirts, mugs, more t-shirts… You name it.

Nobody wanted to forget the incredible way this masterful player lined up his shot from 30 yards, lashing the ball into the very top corner, the fact it earned him a brace within three minutes or his victorious reaction.

VIDEO: Cris of death from Ronaldo…

David Beckham v Greece (World Cup qualifier, 2001)

Called upon to avoid a Greek tragedy at all costs, Beckham’s 30-yard free-kick will always have a place in the history books. Curling it lethally past Antonis Nikopolidis, Becks not only booked England into the 2002 World Cup, avoiding a play-off, but perhaps achieved the zenith of his amazing career.

When he finally calls time on football, this footage is guaranteed to appear over and over again.

VIDEO: Becks spares England from Greek tragedy…

Michael Schumacher reprimanded for holding up HRT drivers in Korea

Schumacher left red-faced after German is reprimanded for holding up slowest drivers

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UPDATED:

10:17 GMT, 12 October 2012

Michael Schumacher suffered the ignominy of being reprimanded by the stewards for impeding the two HRTs during second practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

The seven-time world champion, who will retire from the sport for a second time at the end of the season, was adjudged to have held up Pedro de la Rosa at turn three 48 minutes into the session, before again getting in the way of the Spaniard and his team-mate Narain Karthikeyan further round the lap.

Red faced: Michael Schumacher has been reprimanded for holding up the slowest team on the grid, HRT

Red faced: Schumacher has been reprimanded for holding up the slowest team on the grid, HRT (below)

Schumacher delays Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa

Schumacher delays Narain Karthikeyan and Pedro de la Rosa

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It is the latest punishment dished out to Schumacher this year.

He was denied pole position in Monaco as he had to serve a five-place grid penalty for taking Bruno Senna out of the Spanish Grand Prix, and a similar incident with Jean-Eric Vergne in Singapore earned him a 10-place penalty for last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

This reprimand will cause particular embarrassment as HRT have consistently been the slowest team in F1 since their arrival in the sport at the start of 2010.

London 2012 Olympics: Sailing – Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson win Star silver

Percy and Simpson settle for silver as defending Star champions are pipped by Swedish pair

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UPDATED:

12:56 GMT, 5 August 2012

Olympics 2012

British hearts were broken on the water on Sunday afternoon as Sweden denied Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson gold in the Star class.

The defending Olympic champions sailed exceptionally throughout the week and came into Sunday's medal race with an eight-point lead over Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada.

However, it was Sweden, not Brazil, that proved Percy and Simpson's undoing as the Brits lost their crown to Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen.

More to follow…

Close call: Percy (wearing hat) and Simpson were favourites going into Sunday's race

Close call: Percy (wearing hat) and Simpson were favourites going into Sunday's race

Golden boys: Loof and Salminen shocked Percy and Simpson

Golden boys: Loof and Salminen shocked Percy and Simpson

Silver lining: The defending champions finished second overall

Silver lining: The defending champions finished second overall

Golden moment: Loof and Salminen were not aware they had won when they crossed the finishing line

Golden moment: Loof and Salminen were not aware they had won when they crossed the finishing line

David Haye v Dereck Chisora: What went wrong with Britain"s golden boy?

A pay day, but no pride for Britain as Haye's downfall is complete

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UPDATED:

21:35 GMT, 13 July 2012

Before fighting John Ruiz in April 2010, David Haye was heralded as the ‘Lord of the Ring’ by Sky Sports. It seemed he was the answer to all the ills of British boxing.

Handsome and talented, he fought with flair and confidence. Perhaps a touch too light to perform with the giants of the heavyweight scene, he had the charm and the style to make his mark. Not since Lennox Lewis did the British fight scene have a talisman.

So how has it come to this

Head to head: David Haye (left) and Dereck Chisora meet at Upton Park

Head to head: David Haye (left) and Dereck Chisora meet at Upton Park

DAVID HAYE'S DOWNFALL

Click here for Sportsmail's picture special on the career of the Hayemaker

On Saturday at Upton Park, Haye will climb from the floor to take on Dereck Chisora in a fight the British Boxing Board of Control has refused to sanction. Both are unlicensed by the BBBC. Both need each other.

It will attract a good attendance to east London — and a decent pay day — but this is not the way it should be. Not for Haye. He should be better than this.

The old fight game has to be about control and discipline but the origin of this fight stems from a lack of both from each fighter.

I remember all-British fights when they meant something more. Tony Sibson v Alan Minter, the fights involving Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, Michael Watson and Steve Collins. Lennox Lewis against Frank Bruno, John Conteh and Chris Finnegan, Naseem Hamed and Steve Robinson, who had earlier fought my brother Duke.

Glory days: British stars Chris Eubank (right) and Nigel Benn

Glory days: British stars Chris Eubank (right) and Nigel Benn

When I fought Terry Marsh in 1984, I was impatient for a world-title shot, but took on my best British rival instead, even though I was warned it was dangerous. I lost, but recognised what it meant to the British public to have these occasions.

More recently, James DeGale and George Groves was a domestic fight to cherish. But not this one, not tonight.

I will watch out of curiosity, but I will have no pride. It’s not a good night for boxing.

Clinton McKenzie is a former British and European light-welterweight champion. Visit www.clintonmckenzie.com for more information.

British Grand Prix 2012: Jenson Button fears for race due to rain

Button fears for British Grand Prix after deluge of rain brings chaos to Silverstone

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UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 6 July 2012

The British Grand Prix was on the brink of chaos as Jenson Button expressed fears Sunday’s race could be cancelled, while Silverstone officials tried to persuade up to 30,000 fans not to attend Saturday’s qualifying session.

The deluge which hit the Northamptonshire track on Friday caused mayhem on and off the track and the problems are set to continue with more rain forecast over the race weekend.

Button, widely regarded as one of the best drivers in the wet, revealed he had been scared by the track conditions as Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Bruno Senna of Williams crashed after aquaplaning off the circuit.

Wet and wild: Romain Grosjean struggles to keep his Lotus on the track

Wet and wild: Romain Grosjean struggles to keep his Lotus on the track

Wet and wild: Romain Grosjean struggles to keep his Lotus on the track

‘I can’t see us being allowed to race
in these conditions,’ said Button. ‘There’s a lot of standing water. It
was quite scary out there. On your own its OK but in a pack it’s very
difficult.’

Button expects the qualifying session
to go ahead, but the number of paying fans able to see the action will
be severely depleted after Silverstone lost half of its car parking
capacity due to the downpour, as fields around the circuit turned into a
quagmire.

Spectators with public car parking
passes are being ‘dissuaded’ from travelling in an effort to avoid huge
traffic jams like those which built up around the circuit on Friday, and
in the hope of saving the car parks for the race.

Home favourites: Hamilton (above) and Button below kick up spray on the Silverstone track

Home favourites: Hamilton (above) and Button below kick up spray on the Silverstone track

Home favourites: Hamilton (above) and Button below kick up spray on the Silverstone track

Silverstone managing director Richard
Phillips conceded that those fans who do come face being locked out
after a 1million investment in traffic management and parking failed to
stand up to the appalling British weather.

Fearing a repeat of the mud bath that
was the British Grand Prix of 12 years ago, Phillips said: ‘We may have
to send people on and we don’t want to do that. I unreservedly
apologise, I feel like I could cry.’

Saturated: Stewards work to sweep water of the track

Saturated: Stewards work to sweep water of the track

Record crowd: The weather did not prevent fans from flocking to Northamptonshire

Record crowd: The weather did not prevent fans from flocking to Northamptonshire

Record crowd: The weather did not prevent fans from flocking to Northamptonshire

Phillips also admitted the cost of refunding those fans unable to attend could ‘run to millions’.

Even Formula One supremo Bernie
Ecclestone, the man who suggested having artificial rain during races,
was persuaded not to travel to Silverstone. Revealing his latest
brainwave to ‘jazz up’ the sport, Ecclestone said: ‘I would really like
to see less efficient brakes so you make the overtaking area bigger. It
is so easy now.'

Tough test: Rain is forecast throughout the weekend

Tough test: Rain is forecast throughout the weekend

Tough test: Rain is forecast throughout the weekend

Wings for Life: Webber sits in his the charity-sponsored Red Bull car

Wings for Life: Webber sits in the charity-sponsored Red Bull car

Wings for Life: Webber sits in his the charity-sponsored Red Bull car

Euro 2012: Ronaldo penalty error could have been avoided – Graham Poll

Ronaldo penalty gaffe could easily have been avoided

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UPDATED:

23:09 GMT, 28 June 2012

According to the laws of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo could have taken any of Portugal's shootout kicks.

Custom has it that teams provide the names and the order in which the kicks will be taken, but that can be changed without permission from the match officials.

Paying the penalty: Ronaldo could have taken any of the spot kicks

Paying the penalty: Ronaldo could have taken any of the spot kicks

So Nani could have stayed in the centre circle and allowed Bruno Alves to take the third kick that he walked up to take. And knowing that a miss would mean there'd be no fifth penalty, Ronaldo could have taken No 4.

So long as each kick is taken by a different player, there is no issue.

Euro 2012: Cesc Fabregas revels in hero role

Fabregas revels in hero role as sluggish Spain reach final the hard way

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UPDATED:

08:53 GMT, 28 June 2012

Cesc Fabregas hailed Spain's penalty shootout win over Portugal as a 'miracle', while coach Vicente Del Bosque called for one last mighty effort as they look to claim their third consecutive major title.

Substitute Fabregas slotted away the decisive spot-kick after Bruno Alves had struck the bar for Portugal as defending champions Spain claimed their place in the Euro 2012 final with a 4-2 win in the shootout.

Hero: Fabregas scored the winning penalty in Donetsk

Hero: Fabregas scored the winning penalty in Donetsk

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The match finished goalless after extra time with chances few and far between, but Fabregas was still in celebratory mood.

'Being in another final is a miracle, it's very emotional,' said the midfielder.

'I had a funny feeling about the penalties and I was thinking about
them this afternoon. They told me initially to take the second one but I
said “no, give me the fifth” as I had this premonition.

'I had a premonition, an intuition that things were going to come off
and that life had reserved something for me as nice as this.

'When I stepped up to take the penalty I said to the ball that we had to make history and it shouldn't let me down.

'I talked to the ball four years ago [when he scored the winning penalty against Italy] and it didn't let me down.'

Del Bosque praised his side's fighting spirit and looked ahead to
Sunday's final against either Germany or Italy, saying: 'The players
have played so many matches and they have to show their best in one
more.'

Del Bosque added: 'It was a very even match but maybe we were a little better in extra time.

Just... Fabregas's effort went in off the inside of the post

Just… Fabregas's effort went in off the inside of the post

Just... Fabregas's effort went in off the inside of the post

'They looked a bit tired, but there were few chances before that. It wasn't easy to get through their defence.

'They were superior when it came to defence and we didn't have that many
opportunities so it was very balanced. In extra time it was slightly
different and we had lots of luck with the penalties.

'I would like to express my congratulations to Portugal because they played a great tournament, but we were luckier this time.'

Party time: Spain's players run over to celebrate with their fans

Party time: Spain's players run over to celebrate with their fans

Del Bosque is aware his side will need to play better in the final,
although he is not worried about who they will face in the showpiece.

'Portugal were in control today and both teams only had a few chances to score, so we have to improve on this,' he said.

'The other semi-final will be a great match and whoever our opponent is
in the final, that will also be a great match. But we don't care about
who our opponents are.'

Disconsolate: Portugal's players and manager Bento (below) react after Fabregas' penalty

Disconsolate: Portugal's players and manager Bento (below) react after Fabregas' penalty

Disconsolate: Portugal's players and manager Bento (below) react after Fabregas' penalty

Portugal coach Paulo Bento rued his side's missed opportunities, saying:
'I think we were the better team but we couldn't take our chances.

'Spain were stronger in extra time but we could have won it in the first
90 minutes because we were very good in the first half and at the end
of the second half.

'If I had to choose a way of losing I wouldn't choose this one but you have to lose some way.

One more step: Spain face the winner of Germany v Italy on Sunday night

One more step: Spain face the winner of Germany v Italy on Sunday night

'We have in my opinion played a very good tournament. Spain is a great team and we can leave the pitch with our heads held high.

'We can be sure we can compete with any team in any tournament at any level. We know how to compete and that's what we've shown.

'Spain really deserve to be in the finals but, at the same time, I want
to thank and praise my players for what they have shown in this
tournament.'

QPR consider ground share for new stadium

QPR consider ground share as they explore new stadium options

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UPDATED:

16:22 GMT, 6 June 2012

QPR hope to make their potential new stadium available for other events, and have not ruled out the possibility of a ground share.

Multi-millionaire Tony Fernandes bought QPR last summer and ordered the club to start planning for a move from their current Loftus Road home, which holds just over 18,000.

Having the smallest ground in the Barclays Premier League is inhibiting the London club's growth and Beard wants to build a new stadium which brings in extra revenue from as many sources as possible.

Plans: Owner Tony Fernandes wants the club to find a new home

Plans: Owner Tony Fernandes wants the club to find a new home

'To have a stand-alone football stadium that only hosts 19 home domestic matches a season would probably not make the numbers work,' chief executive Phil Beard told the London Evening Standard.

'What is important is that it is the home of QPR but it will need to have facilities to do other things as well.

'A full-on ground-share is more challenging, but I am hoping to emulate an entertainment destination model where you roll the pitch away and use it for other things.

'Look at (Arsenal's) Emirates Stadium. They hosted Coldplay for three nights – that is the sort of activity you need to host to generate the revenues to make the club sustainable and ultimately invest in the team going forward.'

Finding a large space to build a stadium of up to 45,000 will not be easy, but Beard was quick to allay fears the club would be moving far away from their west London roots.

Switch: Loftus Road would be traded for a much larger ground

Switch: Loftus Road would be traded for a much larger ground

'The criteria is that we need to find somewhere that hopefully isn't too far from Loftus Road,' he said.

'Our fanbase is a very passionate, loyal and local one. We need to stay in the area if we can. That is almost a must.'

Meanwhile, Rangers announced that defender Bruno Perone has left the club after his contract expired.

The 24-year-old joined from Brazilian side Tombense last summer but only made two appearances for QPR.

Tottenham will not buy Bruno Uvini

Spurs set to wave away Brazil defender Uvini after extended training period

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UPDATED:

09:00 GMT, 30 May 2012

Tottenham look set to pass on a 3.1million move for Brazil defender Bruno Uvini.

The 20-year-old has been training with the London club after joining on an extended trial from Sao Paulo in February.

Sign me: Bruno Uvini will not make his deal with Tottenham permanent

Sign me: Bruno Uvini will not make his deal with Tottenham permanent

Uvini, who has attracted interest from Italy, has captained his country at Under 20 level and is likely to play in the Olympics.

He became Brazil’s newest international by coming on as a substitute in the closing stages of the 3-1 win against Denmark on Saturday.