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Red Bull told Mark Webber to cut power "more than Sebastian Vettel"

Red Bull told Webber to cut power 'more than Vettel' in Malaysia

By
Malcolm Folley

PUBLISHED:

19:51 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:51 GMT, 30 March 2013

Red Bull have admitted that world
champion Sebastian Vettel was not told to cut his engine power to the
same level as Mark Webber at the end of last weekend's Malaysian Grand
Prix.

But the team insist they had not
favoured Vettel above his Australian team-mate or that they were happy
to see the German ignore orders and snatch victory from Webber.

In the aftermath of the furore over
Vettel's behaviour, it was claimed Webber, with the German running
behind him, had been told to turn down his engine setting to ensure he
did not experience a mechanical mishap.

Falling out: Mark Webber (left) and Sebastian Vettel on the podium in Malaysia

Falling out: Mark Webber (left) and Sebastian Vettel on the podium in Malaysia

It was presumed Vettel had received the same instruction on the orders of team principal Christian Horner.

But F1 rights holder Bernie Ecclestone told The Mail on Sunday last week: 'After speaking with Christian, it seems Mark was told to turn down the wick on his engine, but the team didn't tell Sebastian to do the same thing.'

And a Red Bull spokesperson admitted: 'Seb's engine was turned down, but not as much as Mark's due to differing strategies and tyre wear.'

Although Horner told Vettel to stay behind Webber, the German had more horsepower to overtake.

Different instructions: Bernie Ecclestone (inset) says Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were given different orders

Different instructions: Bernie Ecclestone (inset) says Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were given different orders

Webber maintained a low profile last week, with no desire to have any contact with Vettel before they meet for the next race in China in 10 days' time, while the German 25-year-old triple world champion was on a charm offensive at Red Bull's HQ in Milton Keynes in midweek to apologise to the workforce for creating worldwide uproar.

Webber's sense of betrayal, after helping to clinch the past three constructors' titles, means he is unlikely to stay with Red Bull when his contract ends this year.

His presence alongside Vettel in the first official media conference in Shanghai a week on Thursday will ensure Red Bull's internecine warfare is the only story in town.

Golden boy: Sebastian Vettel talks with Red Bull principal Christian Horner (right)

Golden boy: Sebastian Vettel talks with Red Bull principal Christian Horner (right)

'It can only be a distraction and energy-sapping,' said a team insider.

Yet, as Ecclestone revealed in this paper last week, Webber would have lost his seat to Lewis Hamilton this season had Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz not offered the Australian first refusal on keeping his drive out of loyalty when the 36-year-old had been talking with Ferrari.

'I wouldn't say that Mark was an out and out, 100 per cent Red Bull guy when he was looking to leave the team,' said Ecclestone. 'If he'd have got the drive with Ferrari, he'd have gone. He was lucky to stay, in my opinion.'

Indeed, Webber is not blameless. In the past, he has shown an unwillingness to toe the line, most recently in Brazil as Vettel clinched his third title.

'There's never been any trust between Webber and Vettel, they're not bosom buddies,' added Ecclestone.

Michael Schumacher tainted his F1 legacy – Bernie Ecclestone

Schuey tainted his legacy by coming out of retirement, claims F1 chief Ecclestone

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UPDATED:

15:24 GMT, 7 December 2012

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone fears Michael Schumacher has damaged his legacy by coming out of retirement to race with Mercedes.

Ecclestone claimed the seven-time world champion's decision to return to the sport in 2010 was a big mistake.

Speaking to the official Formula One website, Ecclestone said: 'I would rather he had stopped as a seven-time world champion than stopping now.

End of the road: Schumacher has retired for a second time after a largely unsuccessful stint at Mercedes

End of the road: Schumacher has retired for a second time after a largely unsuccessful stint at Mercedes

'People new to the sport, people who have joined the F1 fan fraternity just recently, will remember Michael now, not as he was.

'They don't see the hero that he was but the human that can fail. I think the important thing is to know when you can't do what you used to do any more and then hand it over to somebody else. I hope that's what I can do: when I feel I can't deliver, I will certainly say goodbye.'

Schumacher spoke of his relief after deciding to retire for a second time and has handed the baton of reviving Mercedes' fortunes over to Lewis Hamilton.

Loss: Ecclestone claims Formula One will miss Schumacher

Loss: Ecclestone claims Formula One will miss Schumacher

But despite three largely unsuccessful seasons in his second stint in Formula One, Ecclestone acknowledged Schumacher will be a loss to the grand prix paddock.

He said: 'He enjoyed racing and was there helping to do good things for Formula One. We will miss Michael, because even though he wasn't winning races in those three years, he is still very popular.'

West Brom target NextGen creator – Charles Sale

NextGen creator linked with Albion as West Brom seek to replace Ashworth

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UPDATED:

23:12 GMT, 3 December 2012

Premier League high-flyers West Bromwich Albion are looking at League One club Brentford for their next technical director to replace the FA-bound Dan Ashworth.

Albion want to give the post to highly rated Mark Warburton, who become sporting director at Brentford in 2011. He is understood to be making his mind up about the offer this week.

Warburton, a former City trader and academy manager at Watford, is best known for being the co-founder of the NextGen series, a burgeoning European tournament for Under 19s heralded as the Champions League for youngsters.

Target: Brentford's Mark Warburton is wanted by West Brom

Target: Brentford's Mark Warburton is wanted by West Brom

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And it will be Warburton’s vision for young players that will have attracted Albion, who have lost Roy Hodgson and Ashworth to the FA in the last year.

Albion chiefs have indicated that they would want their appointment to spend some time working alongside Ashworth before he is released from a contract that runs until next July.

Girl power

Gabby Logan will give girl power within BBC Sport another boost when she replaces John Inverdale as presenter of the BBC’s athletics coverage next year. Logan hosted a couple of Diamond League meetings for the BBC last summer and she impressed enough to be given the position full-time. Ambitious Logan’s bargaining position within the Corporation was helped by her having turned down an approach by BT Sport to anchor their Premiership rugby programmes.

In the running: Jason Leonard

In the running: Jason Leonard

RFU battle

It wouldn’t be Twickenham without an internal battle looming even in the euphoric aftermath of England’s trouncing of New Zealand.

The RFU’s nominations panel have recommended old-school board member John Spencer to be the next vice-president. He would then progress to take over the presidency for the flagship 2015-16 season that includes the next World Cup in England.

However, there is plenty of RFU council support for Jason Leonard, England’s most-capped international, to be appointed for such a showcase year. Leonard has indicated he will stand for election.

Boris on his own

London’s grandstanding mayor, Boris Johnson, was the only dignitary involved in the Rugby World Cup draw yesterday not to take advantage of the huge autocue screen at the Tate Modern venue. Johnson would not have taken much notice of any official International Rugby Board text in any case as he kept referring to the 2015 RWC being in London, rather than England.

New Stratford fears

The bungling over the Olympic Stadium legacy looks likely to cost the troubled venue the chance to be named as one of the 12 stadiums for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

England and Wales were drawn in the same group and Stratford would be an ideal neutral venue for the group game between them. Twickenham, the Millennium Stadium and Wembley would also all be keen to host the match.

The London Legacy Development Corporation are expected to announce West Ham as their preferred bidders on Wednesday. But England Rugby 2015 and the International Rugby Board have serious reservations about the stadium being included in the final World Cup list in March because of myriad issues surrounding the development of the 500million track-and-field arena as a venue for other sports.

No go: The Olympic Stadium is unlikely to be used for the World Cup

No go: The Olympic Stadium is unlikely to be used for the World Cup

The IRB delayed the long-list announcement by a few months in the hope that the Olympic Stadium would be ready in time for the rugby showcase. Wembley has already hosted an England rugby international against Wales, albeit at the old stadium in 1999.

Football in the shade

England’s rugby union and rugby league sides have so far made more use of the FA’s 100m National Football Centre at St George’s Park than the team for which it was intended. Stuart Lancaster’s union squad, who spent a week in Burton before the autumn internationals, are back for another stay during the Six Nations. Roy Hodgson’s footballers have had just two days there since the centre opened and will have a similarly brief visit before February’s friendly international against Brazil.

Bernie Ecclestone blasted by Ferrari chief over Sebastian Vettel title row

Bernie's too old! Ferrari chief blasts Ecclestone with latest barb in Vettel title row

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UPDATED:

11:18 GMT, 3 December 2012

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has launched an astonishing attack on Bernie Ecclestone, questioning whether the 82-year-old is too old run Formula One.

Di Montezemolo’s outspoken remarks come in the wake of Ecclestone’s description of Ferrari’s request for clarification from the FIA over an overtaking move by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in the season finale in Brazil as ‘a complete joke’.

Di Montezemolo hit back at Ecclestone’s broadside regarding Ferrari’s concerns over the legality Vettel’s move in the race which saw him beat Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to the world title by just three points.

Supremo: F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone with actor Owen Wilson in Brazil

Supremo: F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone with actor Owen Wilson in Brazil

Stand by your man: Luca di Montezemolo (centre) with Fernando Alonso (right)

Stand by your man: Luca di Montezemolo (centre) with Fernando Alonso (right)

He said: ‘Ecclestone You have to show respect for your elders, especially when they get to that stage in which they are no longer in control of what they say. Old age is clearly incompatible with certain roles and responsibilities.’

Ecclestone is sure to take an extremely dim view of Di Montezemolo’s comments given, despite mounting legal concerns, the veteran Formula One supremo is adamant he has no intention of stepping aside.

Martin Whitmarsh dismisses Bernie Ecclestone"s plans for F1 budget cap

Back off, Bernie! McLaren dismiss Ecclestone's plans for 155m F1 budget cap

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 30 October 2012

Bernie Ecclestone’s latest budget cap idea for the Formula One teams has been described as 'unrealistic' by McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

Ecclestone confirmed over the weekend in India he had proposed to the 12 teams the possibility of a cap of 250million US dollars (155m) which would include all costs, including driver salaries.

The notion of reducing exorbitant costs in F1 has long been mooted, notably since the end of 2009 after three major manufacturers in BMW, Toyota and Honda had pulled out of the sport in the space of a year.

The long and the short of it: Ecclestone has plans to shake-up F1

The long and the short of it: Ecclestone has plans to shake-up F1

Bernie's proposals
155million budgetFigure applies across all 12 teamsMust cover all costsINCLUDES driver salaries

The resource restriction agreement (RRA) has since been on the table, but has faced strong opposition from Red Bull, in particular, and Toro Rosso.

Frustrated at the lack of progress, Ecclestone has now proposed the kind of budget cap figure under which every team could comfortably operate.
It is understood, for instance, Red Bull’s total spend last year en route to winning both championships was 168m.

But Whitmarsh believes it is flawed as he said: 'It sounds like quite a lot of money, so I don't know how much it is going to help many teams.

'The philosophy on controlling costs in Formula One is important to our sport and we all agree on that, although there are different opinions as to how that is best achieved.

'Bernie wants one that controls driver salaries and all those kind of things.

'What we should be trying to do is ensuring we are spending money in the appropriate places and controlling excessive spend in development.

'Personally, I think it’s a little unrealistic to have a global budget cap because it becomes even more difficult to pin down and to know everyone is comfortably operating within it.'

Making a stand: Whitmarsh has talked down Ecclestone's plans

Making a stand: Whitmarsh has talked down Ecclestone's plans

For Whitmarsh, the RRA pioneered by McLaren, he feels is a more workable solution.

'The budget cap from Bernie has the elegance that you can describe it quickly, but it is very difficult to find out where the money is and control it,' said Whitmarsh.

'The resource restriction agreement asks: How much money do you spend externally and how many people do you have It’s difficult to hide either of those.

'They’re also the core elements of a budget cap, but then it goes on to wind tunnel hours, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) etcetera, and we should be free to pay drivers whatever we want to pay them.

'What we should be doing is finding the easy, clear, measurable, definable elements of spend and control those.

Top boy: Vettel leads the F1 drivers' championship

Top boy: Vettel leads the F1 drivers' championship

'They (the RRA and budget cap) are both trying to do the same thing. They're not against each other. They’re just a different philosophy.'

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier, however, can see the benefits of Ecclestone's idea, but believes further discussion is required.

'Bernie is very serious,' said Boullier. 'The budget cap is one of the best ways to have control over useless expenditure and to end the competitive war.

'Clearly, this is a good start, that Formula One starts to understand and to put in place a budget cap, and I can back up Bernie’s idea.

'You need to do it in a clever way and build it up over the years, and it’s something that could happen because it’s coming from the right authority.'

Asked whether it was a better idea than the RRA, Boullier added: 'I don’t know yet.

'We have been working for years on the RRA, and we have a better understanding of what we could achieve with that. It’s a complex system.

'The idea of a budget cap from Bernie is quite new and we just need to look at it a bit more.'

Bernie Ecclestone"s facing 300million court action over alleged bribery

Bernie's bit of bother at the bank: F1 supremo facing 300m bill

By
Jonathan McEvoy

PUBLISHED:

00:29 GMT, 26 October 2012

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UPDATED:

00:29 GMT, 26 October 2012

Bernie Ecclestone finished his game of backgammon before rejecting a request to hand over 300million.

That demand is the latest – and most lurid – twist in the saga that places serious doubt over Ecclestone's position as Formula One's overlord.

The request comes from German state-owned bank BayernLB for the amount they believe they lost when Ecclestone allegedly bribed one of their former employees, Gerhard Gribkowsky, into selling their stake to CVC, the company Ecclestone works for, at an artifically low price in 2005.

Time's up: Eccelstone's spell at the helm of F1 could be coming to an end

Time's up: Eccelstone's spell at the helm of F1 could be coming to an end

One F1 powerbroker told Sportsmail it would ‘not be easy’ for Ecclestone to remain in post.

But the man in question was playing his favourite board game with his Austrian chef as news from Germany broke here ahead of Sunday's Indian Grand Prix, a race that coincides with Ecclestone's 82nd birthday.

He said BayernLB were blackmailing him and typically refused to budge, insisting they would have to go to court to get their money.

He said: 'They asked our lawyers in Germany for the money. They said, “Could we have 400m back”

'I didn't respond. There’s no point, is there They will sue in England. If they win, they get paid. If they lose, it will just cost them. That's all.'

It is a tangled story that has already seen Gribkowsky jailed for eight-and-a-half years in June for admitting he accepted 27m from Ecclestone to sell the shares for a deflated price of 470m. Ecclestone, whose role is being investigated in Germany, denies the accusation.

Connected: There have been claims over Ecclestone's deal to buy CVC

Connected: There have been claims over Ecclestone's deal to buy CVC

The bank have seen the prosecution files
on Ecclestone, prompting them to ask for the money they seemingly
missed out on. The Wall Street Journal quotes industry insiders valuing
the business at more than 1.2billion. The question is whether
Ecclestone can ride out the storm.

He has always been a rule unto himself, but the patience of F1's owners, the private equity firm CVC, is being tested to the limit. Ecclestone, who retains shares in F1, is chief executive of CVCs grand prix business. They are known to be thinking of life beyond his highly personalised control, and that process would accelerate if events in Germany turn damagingly against him.

'There's nothing to worry about,' said Ecclstone. 'I'm aggravated with the nonsense I'm being put through for all this. I sold the bloody shares for the bank. It was something they couldn’t sell. They had six people look at them and wouldn't buy. I got them out of trouble and now I’m in trouble. Life is like that sometimes.'

Back to business: Bernie is in India for Sunday's GP

Back to business: Bernie is in India for Sunday's GP

While he was dismissing the idea of jail in Germany, the affairs of another rich man, the Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, solved the crisis that was the talk of the Delhi paddock.

Mallya is a flamboyant character who owns Kingfisher airlines and is team principal of Force India. But as of yesterday morning he owed 35m to the national airport authority. His 16-strong fleet was grounded.

By mid-afternoon, he had bought peace. His staff, who had threatened to protest outside the track after receiving bouncing cheques for seven months, went back to work. The government’s indication that his own plane would be impounded if he landed in India had receded.

Is the financial turbulence a worry for Paul di Resta, the British driver who is expected to sign on to stay at Force India next season

'I'm still getting paid,' he said, an astonishing statement given that the team's co-owners Sahara have been ordered by India's supreme court to pay back nearly 3bn to investors. 'Everything here is fine.'

Ecclestone, you will be unsurprised to learn, won the backgammon. A game with bigger stakes goes on.

F1 Grand Prix of America forced back until 2014

F1 race past Manhattan skyline forced back a year as Bernie runs out of patience

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UPDATED:

09:03 GMT, 19 October 2012

Next year's inaugural Grand Prix of America in New Jersey will be postponed to 2014 because local organisers will not be ready in time, admits Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

'They've run out of time,' said the 81-year-old. 'There's all sorts of things… and they didn't quite think it all through. They've had a wake-up call but the wake-up call came too late.'

The waterfront race, with New York's Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, had been pencilled in for June 16 next year with an asterisk against it.

Dream setting: The race was due to take in views of the New York skyline

Dream setting: The race was due to take in views of the New York skyline

F1: Grand Prix of America under threat, says Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie fires warning to New Jersey race as F1 chief claims circuit doesn't hold a contract

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UPDATED:

18:17 GMT, 25 September 2012

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has again warned the Grand Prix of America is under threat.

Just under four months ago Ecclestone raised doubts as to whether the race in New Jersey, with the Manhattan skyline serving as a backdrop, would take place.

Ecclestone stated then the organisers were late with payments and were attempting to resolve issues internally regarding funds.

Making his point: The F1 supremo has warned the Grand Prix of America is under threat

Making his point: The F1 supremo has warned the Grand Prix of America is under threat

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A further complication arose in August when Tom Cotter, serving as president of the race organisers, resigned from a post he had only occupied for a few months.

Last week, with the release of the 2013 provisional calendar, the GP of America was handed a date of June 16, a week on from the event in Canada, but asterisked as it remains subject to confirmation.

With the calendar due to be finalised at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on Friday, at this stage the race is poised to be axed.

Ecclestone said: 'The organisers have not complied with the terms and conditions of the contract, which is now gone anyway. They don't have a contract.'

The door is, however, still ajar for promoter Leo Hindery Jr ahead of the WMSC meeting, but the clock is ticking.

Speaking to The Guardian, Ecclestone added: 'We are pretty close to the final deadline. We have a world council meeting coming up.

'I think if somebody got behind them it could happen in 2013 because they have come a long way with the circuit.'

Former QPR supremo Paladini leading bid for Birmingham… but Briatore is not involved

Former QPR supremo Paladini leading bid for Birmingham… but Briatore is not involved

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UPDATED:

15:36 GMT, 12 September 2012

Gianni Paladini has confirmed he is heading a consortium who have launched a takeover bid for Birmingham.

But the former QPR chairman insists, contrary to reports, that Flavio Briatore is not involved.

Paladini, who is a close friend of former QPR owner Briatore, claimed on Wednesday the offer tabled is considerably more than the 12m reportedly rejected by Birmingham's board.

Sharp operator: Gianni Paladini, the former chairman of Queens Park Rangers, is leading a bid to takeover Birmingham City

Sharp operator: Gianni Paladini, the former chairman of Queens Park Rangers, is leading a bid to takeover Birmingham City

Birmingham have made no official comment on the matter.

Paladini told BBC Radio WM: 'I am involved in a consortium and the bid is not 12million, it's much, much more than that. Unfortunately I can't really say too much because everything is in the hands of the lawyers.

'Yes, we've made an approach. But I'd like to make a point that Flavio Briatore is not involved in this venture.'

Paladini insisted he would not be waving blank cheques around should he and his team be successful in taking control of the club.

Asked about the wealthy members of the consortium, Paladini replied: 'Even if I mentioned the names you wouldn't know them anyway because most of them are Italian, they all live in Italy.'

Paladini left his native Italy in the 1960s and moved to Solihull where he has remained.

No part: Paladini says that his friend Flavio Briatore, the former QPR owner, is not involved in the bid

No part: Paladini says that his friend Flavio Briatore, the former QPR owner, is not involved in the bid

Becoming involved with QPR in 2003 and having helped save the club, Paladini kept his position as chairman at Loftus Road after the significant 2007 investment by Formula One chiefs Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone and the family of Lakshmi Mittal.

He stepped down in August 2011 following the takeover of Tony Fernandes and was handed a consultancy role.

Paladini kept the position for three months before finally parting ways with QPR in November last year.

And he has now set his sights on taking charge at Birmingham.

'I'm a Birmingham boy myself,' Paladini added. 'I've always liked Blues and I've got a good relationship with a lot of Zulu Warriors [City's hooligan element], if they're still there I don't know, because I've been at QPR for 11 years.

'I've been a long-serving chairman of QPR. I think we did a great job, sometimes you have to do things the hard way to get success but the most important thing is that I took QPR when they were in League One at the time and then we got promoted the way we did, spent a fortune and at the end the job was done. QPR are now in the Premier League.'

Birmingham are owned by Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung, who is currently unable to leave the Far East as he prepares for a November court date over alleged money laundering.

Acting chairman Peter Pannu has been exploring the potential for bringing in new owners or finding investment in the club.

Lewis Hamilton to replace Michael Schumacher at Mercedes, says Eddie Jordan

Hamilton ready to replace Schumacher at Mercedes as Jordan claims deal is 'imminent'

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UPDATED:

17:14 GMT, 5 September 2012

Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of a sensational switch to Mercedes, according to former team owner Eddie Jordan.

Jordan, now a pundit for the BBC, claims a deal is 'imminent' with Hamilton, who is out of contract at the end of the season, set to end his 13-year career with McLaren.

Moving on: Hamilton is set to join Mercedes next season, according to Jordan

Moving on: Hamilton is set to join Mercedes next season, according to Jordan

Michael Schumacher will be the driver who would make way for Hamilton, with the seven-times champion ready to announce his retirement from the sport for a second time.

'I believe Hamilton and Mercedes have already agreed personal terms and a deal could be imminent,' Jordan told the BBC.

'Some weeks ago I said on TV that I felt
Lewis was on the move and I had an idea at the time he had been
speaking to Ferrari, which we now know is true.

End of the road: Schumacher is set to announce his retirement for a second time

End of the road: Schumacher is set to announce his retirement for a second time

'But I can now confirm his people have had meetings with Mercedes.

'Bernie Ecclestone made it clear to me live on television on Sunday that Schumacher was leaving, although Schumacher later played it down.

'So it would appear Michael is leaving and Lewis is arriving at Mercedes. Hamilton has not agreed terms with McLaren yet.'

Jordan's comments, however, have been dismissed as a McLaren spokesperson said: 'We have been told by Lewis Hamilton's management team (XIX Entertainment) the story is untrue.'

In addition, a spokesperson for XIX has insisted Hamilton is more on the brink of re-signing with McLaren than moving elsewhere.

The spokesperson said: 'As mentioned in the past by all parties, we are in advanced discussions with McLaren about a new deal.

'More importantly, at the moment, Lewis is focused on Monza (this weekend's Italian Grand Prix) and competing strongly for the championship.'