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Lewis Hamilton hopes for American dream finale

Hamilton desperate for US success as he bids to bow out of McLaren on high

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13:19 GMT, 5 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton heads to America hoping to end his recent frustration and repeat his last result Stateside.

In his debut year of 2007, and after a run of five successive podiums without a win to start his Formula One career, Hamilton enjoyed a stunning back-to-back double triumph on the other side of the Atlantic.

As a 22-year-old Hamilton savoured his first success in Montreal, following up a week later with victory at the renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

That was F1's last race in America, a market it has long struggled to crack, with its next attempt now looming large as the sport heads to the purpose-built Circuit of the Americas facility in Austin, Texas.

Light at the end of the tunnel: Lewis Hamilton endured a disappointing end to the weekend in Abu Dhabi after yet another mechanical failure in his McLaren

Light at the end of the tunnel: Lewis Hamilton endured a disappointing end to the weekend in Abu Dhabi after yet another mechanical failure in his McLaren

Light at the end of the tunnel: Lewis Hamilton endured a disappointing end to the weekend in Abu Dhabi after yet another mechanical failure in his McLaren

Hamilton now has two more races to end his days at McLaren with the win he craves, having been forced to retire with a fuel-pressure problem whilst leading for the second time in the last five races in yesterday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

'I feel if the car drives as well in the USA and Brazil as it did in Abu Dhabi then I will have another shot,' Hamilton said. 'So I'm going to go there with the same mentality and enthusiasm in the hope we can win one.

'In particular, after winning the last US Grand Prix, I would love to win the first US Grand Prix on F1's return.

'To be honest I don't think I've ever had a circuit where I've been able to put my name to it as the first person to win. I've just never had the car to do it, but perhaps I do now.

'As for Brazil, I've never won there, but again, if the car drives like it did in Abu Dhabi then to win there would be absolutely phenomenal because that (Interlagos) is a track.

'If I won there I don't know how I would handle it.'

Hamilton, however, first needs to avoid the reliability issues which have plagued him of late as he endures arguably the worst run on that score of his McLaren career.

The 27-year-old, who was virtually
perfect up until his retirement at the Yas Marina circuit, certainly
does not want to bow out on the lowest of notes.

He continued: 'With what happened yesterday, if I was still racing for the title it would have been even harder to take.

'But it's not as if it's the first
time it's happened. I have had plenty of experiences like it in my life
so I'm much better equipped to deal with days like that.

American dream: Hamilton won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2007

American dream: Hamilton won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2007

American dream: Hamilton won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2007

'It is a real shame because I was happily in the lead and cruising, and the guys had done a great job – other than the car stopping – throughout the weekend.

'But it is twice now in the last five races that something has happened when I've been leading. And apart from India, I have had problems in four of the last five.

'In Singapore we had the gearbox failure, then at Suzuka it was a rear rollbar malfunction before qualifying and in the race.

'In Korea it was a rear rollbar failure, then we had India which was fine and then we had the fuel pressure problem in Abu Dhabi.

'So that's four hardcore difficult weekends when normally we enjoy mega reliability.'

Speed skating World Cup silver for Elise Christie

Brit speed skater Christie claims World Cup silver… and now she's No 1 too

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12:24 GMT, 23 October 2012

Livingston short-track star Elise Christie is celebrating becoming the new world number one after winning a silver medal in the first World Cup of the new season in Calgary.

Christie reached both 1000metres finals in the inaugural competition, recovering from a collision to finish second in the first race behind South Korea's Soyoun Lee, before crashing out in the second final.

Ice cool: Elise Christie has claimed the world No 1 spot in short track

Ice cool: Elise Christie has claimed the world No 1 spot in short track

Christie said: 'There have been some ups and downs. Because it's been the double 1000m I've had to race a 10,000m in total, which is really tough. But I'm happy with how I've raced.'

GB short-track performance director Stuart Horsepool said: 'Elise has committed to each race and she will be able to take a lot of confidence away from the weekend, in terms of both her race strategies and her ability to cope with the high workloads of competition.'

The second World Cup of the season begins in Montreal on Friday.

London 2012 Olympics: Zara Phillips is finally an Olympian at third time of asking

Long may she rein! Zara can put previous Games heartache behind her

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01:55 GMT, 28 July 2012

Olympics 2012

The Princess Royal’s memory of her Olympic experience as a competitor is not so much a blur as a blank and, therefore, not much use to her daughter, who makes her debut in the dressage element of eventing at Greenwich Park on Sunday.

‘She can’t remember much about it,’ Zara Phillips says of her mother’s efforts at Montreal in 1976.

‘She fell off and landed on her head. It was a heavy fall. She knocked her head and they put her back on the horse. She finished the course concussed.’

My kingdom for a horse: Zara Phillips needs a firm grip and a keen eye to keep her mount High Kingdom under control

My kingdom for a horse: Zara Phillips needs a firm grip and a keen eye to keep her mount High Kingdom under control

The then 26-year-old Princess Anne apparently demonstrated considerable courage in getting to the finish. But it could not happen now. For safety reasons, anyone falling during the Games these days is eliminated. Officials throw riders out, not back into the saddle.

OLYMPICS ORACLE

At the 1976 Montreal Games, Zara’s mother Princess Anne was the only female British team member who did not have to submit to a gender test before competing.

The Princess Royal can, however, tell Team GB’s most photographed member what it is like to compete under a media microscope switched to the highest magnification. As the Queen’s granddaughter, her every false piaffe and volte will be analysed, her every refusal (to jump or talk) will be the subject of much discussion.

If she wins a gold medal, she could be voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year (for a second time); if she shares in team failure then it will be her fault. But, hey, that all goes with the territory and it is not as if her connections are not useful in acquiring decent horses and more than decent sponsorship. Pity her not.

Where Phillips does deserve sympathy is in the misfortune which excluded her from the last two Olympics. An injury to her ‘inspiration’, the now retired Toytown on which she won the 2006 World Championship, cost her likely selection ahead of Athens in 2004.And four years ago another injury to her favourite horse ruled her out of the Beijing Games.

Chance at last: After two missed opportunities Zara Phillips will finally compete at the Olympics

Chance at last: After two missed opportunities Zara Phillips will finally compete at the Olympics

The heartache would have been no less because she was a royal. Not only that but an ambitious daughter of a father who won eventing team gold in 1972 and silver in 1988. Dad can tell her not only about competing in the Olympics but having an Olympic gold medal ceremoniously placed around one’s neck. And not many British eventers know that feeling. Certainly not anyone below free-bus-pass age.

Since 1972 Great Britain have been seeking and failing to emulate the blue riband gold medal won by Phillips, Richard Meade and Co in Munich. They have travelled hopefully and returned disappointedly.

No travelling this time, and in world No 1 William Fox-Pitt, plus Mary King, who headed the rankings last year, they boast two riders of exceptional ability and with a huge depth of experience. This will be the elongated Fox-Pitt’s fourth Olympics and the irrepressible King’s sixth, equalling the record of javelin legend Tessa Sanderson.

Part of the team: Tina Cook, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, Zara Phillips and Nicola Wilson form the Great Britain Equestrian team

Part of the team: Tina Cook, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, Zara Phillips and Nicola Wilson form the Great Britain Equestrian team

King is already contemplating a seventh. ‘I am definitely planning to go to Rio in 2016,’ she declared to the surprise of nobody, neither her team-mates nor her family.
In fact, family is the main reason for her desire to continue to Brazil, by which time she will be 55. Freddie, her football-mad teenage son who has been training at the Exeter City school of excellence, finds Brazil an attractive proposition.

‘It’s funny, Freddie used to nag me about giving up,’ King told Sportsmail. ‘We used to say London would be a good time. Then he heard that Brazil had won the bid.

Suddenly, it was, “Mummy, you have got to go there”.’

Family footsteps: Princess Anne competed at the Olympics in 1976

Family footsteps: Princess Anne competed at the Olympics in 1976

That would suit her daughter, Emily, just fine. The 17-year-old is already a stalwart of the British junior team and aiming to make her Olympic debut in Rio. Mother and daughter competing in the same Olympics in the same team and in the same event (and winning gold medals) would represent some story.

That’s for the future. For the present, King is keen to upgrade the team silver she won in Athens and the bronze four years ago in Hong Kong (the far-removed equestrian venue for the Beijing Olympics).

‘Team gold is long overdue,’ King said. ‘And, of course, I am desperate to complete the set.’

Germany, the reigning champions, will start as clear favourites, with their star trooper Michael Jung bidding to become the first man to hold simultaneously the world, European and Olympic titles. But Australia and New Zealand from the southern hemisphere are sure to challenge strongly for medals.

Crowd puller: Zara Phillips carried the Olympic flame at Cheltenham Racecourse

Crowd puller: Zara Phillips carried the Olympic flame at Cheltenham Racecourse

Apart from Phillips, King and Fox-Pitt, the Great Britain team includes Tina Cook, the individual bronze medallist from Beijing, returning on her Miners Frolic, and debutant Nicola Wilson, who many thought was unlucky not to make the original selection. She replaced Piggy French, perceived as a big loss to the team.

Whisper it, lest the Tower beckons, but Phillips could be Britain’s weak link with her comparatively inexperienced horse High Kingdom not the strongest in dressage.

Can she withstand the pressure

AN OUTSIDER’S GUIDE TO EVENTING

Eventing will be one of the most stunning spectacles of the fortnight, with the London skyline providing a picturesque backdrop behind Greenwich Park during the competition.

HOW DOES IT WORK
There are 13 teams, 22 nations and 75 competitors taking part. Teams consist of a minimum of three and maximum of five horse-rider combinations, with the three best results counting for team classification. The team and individual competitions run concurrently.

THAT SOUNDS JUST LIKE THREE-DAY EVENTING
That's exactly what it is, except the three disciplines now run over four days.

SO HOW DOES IT SPLIT UP
The dressage takes place over the weekend. Each rider carries out a predetermined test of movements within a 60m x 20m arena which is judged for the horse’s obedience and movement, the rider’s control and the overall impression. The marks of the three judges are averaged. Poetry for the purist, torture for the layman.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
On Monday comes the cross-country. The boldness of rider and horse are tested over a course of approximately 5,700 metres which must be completed within a time limit of 10 minutes. Riders incur 20 penalties per refusal and 0.4 penalties per second over the allotted time. One fall or three refusals precipitate elimination. Thrills and spills in the glamour part of the sport.

AND FINALLY
Tuesday brings the climax and last event — jumping. After the exertions of the previous day, the ability of the horse to jump carefully over less demanding fences is tested. There are four penalties for a fence down, four for a refusal and elimination for a fall or two refusals. A second jumping test takes place after the team jumping the same day. It is open to the top 25, including ties for 25th place, with a restriction of three horse-rider combinations per country. Medal time.

Alessandro Nesta signs for Montreal Impact

World Cup winner Nesta hoping to make an Impact in MLS with Montreal

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08:10 GMT, 6 July 2012

Italy's World Cup-winning defender Alessandro Nesta has signed an 18-month contract with MLS side Montreal Impact.

'I'm very happy to be here,' the 36-year-old Nesta said on Thursday. 'Despite some offers to continue my career in Europe, I was looking for a new challenge and wanted to play in MLS.'

Nesta left AC Milan at the end of last season following 10 trophy-laden seasons with the Rossoneri.

High hopes: Nesta (left) plays in a World Soccer Masters Tour match in Miami last month

High hopes: Nesta (left) plays in a World Soccer Masters Tour match in Miami last month

He won two Champions League and two Serie A titles with Milan following his move from Lazio in 2002 and was widely regarded as one of his country's finest defenders.

He played 78-times for Italy and lifted the World Cup in 2006 after a penalty shootout win over France.

Nesta will link up with his former Lazio team mate Marco Di Vaio at struggling Montreal, who are currently eighth in the 10-team Eastern Conference with five wins from 19 matches.

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'Upon visiting my friend Marco to see him play his first game with Montreal, I met great people in this club. I really liked what I saw and I was convinced Montreal was where I wanted to be,' Nesta said.

Impact coach Jesse Marsch was desperate to get the defender into action and help drag the team away from the lower reaches of the table.

'It's an incredible opportunity for our club to add a defender of his talent. We are very anxious to get him into our lineup because he will make us better on every level,' Marsch said.

London Grand Prix: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone to unveil street race

F1 supremo Ecclestone set to unveil 35m London street race to rival Monaco

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08:59 GMT, 28 June 2012

Bernie Ecclestone will tonight unveil plans for a multi-million pound grand prix around the streets of London.

Proposals for the race, for which Formula One supremo Ecclestone is reported to have bid 35million, will be presented at a star-studded bash at the Royal Automobile Club, hosted by McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

The route will take in some of the capital’s most famous and iconic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

Sightseeing: Formula One could soon be roaring round Piccadilly Circus

Sightseeing: Formula One could soon be roaring round Piccadilly Circus

F1's OTHER STREET RACES
Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo)Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne)
Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal)
Singapore Grand Prix
European Grand Prix (Valencia)

Ecclestone believes the race would be even more impressive than the Monaco Grand Prix, currently the most famous and glamorous of motor racing’s street circuits.

The event could become the richest race
in the road with around 120,000 fans filling the grandstands around the
capital's most famous landmarks along a 3.2 mile route with a
potential global TV audience of a billion.

Vision: Bernie Ecclestone wants a new F1 race around London's streets

Vision: Bernie Ecclestone wants a new F1 race around London's streets

LONDON GRAND PRIX BY NUMBERS
120,000 – spectators on race day; 280,000 across the weekend
180 – mph fasted speed along straights of circuit3.2 – miles the track would cover59 – laps of the race5 – days to set-up the track, grandstands
3 – days to dismantle the track, grandstands35,000,000 – pounds race would cost
100,000,000 – pounds the race could generate140 – decibels the noise of 20 F1 cars at the start of the grid, equivalent of the sound of a jet engine at 100ft.

Ecclestone said: ‘With the way things are, maybe we would front it and put the money up for it. If we got the okay and everything was fine, I think we could do that.

'Think what it would do for tourism. It would be fantastic — good for London, good for England — a lot better than the Olympics.’

In total, the race could generate a minimum of 100million, dwarfing the 35m it would cost to stage (Ecclestone would have to pay for costs of granstands, road closures and waiving a 25m licence fee) across the three days of the grand prix weekend.

Big attraction: Red Bull's Mark Webber tested the streets of London in 2010

Big attraction: Red Bull's Mark Webber tested the streets of London in 2010 with his pit crew taking over the roads in Westminster (below)

Webber's pit crew stop traffic in 2010 outside Parliament Square

Webber's pit crew stop traffic in 2010 outside Parliament Square

'Maybe it would be two or three times that 100million,' said Nigel Currie, director of leading sports marketing agency Brand Rapport speaking to The Times.

'It could be a commercial bonanza for Formula One and London.

'A successful London Olympics will show that there is an appetite for big events and a bringing a grand prix to the people on their doorstep will be a massive attraction.'

Need for speed: Thousands lined the streets when Martin Brundle, Jenson Button and Nigel Mansell raced around Regent Street eight years ago

Need for speed: Thousands lined the streets when Martin Brundle, Jenson Button and Nigel Mansell raced around Regent Street eight years ago

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The 81-year-old has long wanted London to host a grand prix, having seen the huge potential after a Formula One demonstration event on Regent Street in 2004 attracted thousands to watch Nigel Mansell and Jenson Button in action.

Last week a company called International Transport Solutions revealed plans for a London Grand Prix around the Olympic Park site but Ecclestone insisted he knew nothing about the proposal.

Canadian Grand Prix 2012: Sebastian Vettel wants Jenson Button revenge

Vettel wants Button revenge as world champion vows to atone for last year's Montreal blunder

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15:48 GMT, 8 June 2012

Sebastian Vettel is determined to atone for a rare mistake last year – and with the ideal scenario now in his mind.

Twelve months ago at last season's Canadian Grand Prix, the 24-year-old stood on the brink of a sixth victory from the opening seven races.

After starting on pole and controlling the race that incurred a two-hour delay due to a torrential downpour, Vettel was half a lap from home when he put a wheel out of place on a damp track.

All smiles: But last year's mistake still grates on Vettel

All smiles: But last year's mistake still grates on Vettel

In running wide, it allowed Jenson Button to slip through and claim a sensational win given the McLaren star pitted six times, including a drive-through penalty, that saw him running last at one stage.

It was a mistake that still grates with Vettel ahead of Sunday's race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, one of three countries on the current calendar where he has not triumphed – Germany and Hungary the others.

'It was a very difficult race last year, one of the most difficult given the conditions and the long break we had in between,' said Vettel.

'In the end we did everything right. I never made a mistake until the last lap.

'There were plenty of opportunities in the race to lose the car, spin, like other people did.

On track: Vettel is aiming for his second win of the season in Montreal

On track: Vettel is aiming for his second win of the season in Montreal

'We controlled the race from first place, faced a couple of safety car phases and almost lost our lead at one point when the safety car came out, giving people a chance to close up.

'That's how racing is. I'm not complaining.

'Then on the last lap I made a little bit of a mistake and lost the lead to Jenson, which hurt at the time because we led every single lap, except that one.

'Of course, it wasn't nice. He drove a fantastic race, and I told him afterwards he did an incredible job and deserved to win.

'I made the mistake which cost me the win, but I've no regrets.

'Of course, it would be nice to win it this year. It's a great race, a great atmosphere, which you really feel because the whole city lives the grand prix this weekend.

'It's great to be part of it, so surely it would be great to win it.

'Being so close last year, it would be good to get it done this year.” As for how he would like to claim victory, Vettel added: 'With the circuit half dry, half wet, and I pass Jenson on the final straight. Yeah, why not That would be good.'

With a Formula One record of six different winners from the first six races, there is scope this weekend for seven in seven as Kimi Raikkonen, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton have yet to savour victory this season.

Vettel, however, is convinced the season will soon settle as he said: 'I don't think it's possible to have 20 different winners.

'The more races we have the closer it will get at the top, so it is important to make that step that might separate you from the others.'

Canadian Grand Prix 2012: The stats and facts

Canadian Grand Prix: All you need to know about the race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 8 June 2012

Last year's Canadian Grand Prix has since gone down as one of the most dramatic and exciting in Formula One history.

At just over four hours long, due to a
torrential downpour that produced a two-hour delay, the race is also
the longest on record.

To add to the drama, Jenson Button –
last at one stage just after the halfway point and who made six trips to
the pits in total, including a drive-through penalty – emerged
victorious on the final lap courtesy of an error from Sebastian Vettel.

Oh for another race of such epic
proportions this weekend. But, if not, the event at the Circuit Gilles
Villeneuve often conjures up enthralling affairs.

Here, Sportsmail brings you all the necessary stats and facts ahead of the seventh race of the campaign.

Commemorative: Gilles Villeneuve, whom the Montreal track is named after, was tragically killed 30 years ago

Commemorative: Gilles Villeneuve, whom the Montreal track is named after, was tragically killed 30 years ago

Graphic guide

Click HERE for your lowdown on the circuit

Venue: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal

Circuit length: 4.361km/2.709miles

Laps: 70

Race distance: 305.270km/189.685miles

Lap record: 1min 13.622secs (Rubens Barrichello, 2004)

2011 winner: Jenson Button (McLaren)

2011 pole position: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1min 13.014secs

2011 fastest lap: Jenson Button (McLaren) 1min 16.956secs

Number of corners: 14 (6 left/8 right)

Tyre compounds to be used: soft/supersoft

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Bumpiness: very

Overtaking chance: into turns 10 and 13

Engine severity: medium

Brake wear severity: very high

Average lap speed: 193kph (120mph)

Full throttle per lap: 67 per cent

Gear changes per lap: 52 (race = 3640)

2011 winning strategy: 6 stops (Lap 8, 13 – drivethrough, 19, 35, 37, 51)

Total race pit stops: 72

Total 'normal' overtakes: 62

Total DRS overtakes: 17

No of safety cars deployed since 2002: 14

All smiles: The British star won last year's epic Canadian Grand Prix

All smiles: The British star won last year's epic Canadian Grand Prix

History was made in the last race in
Monaco as this season has now produced six winners from the opening six
grands prix – Button, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Vettel, Pastor
Maldonado and Mark Webber.

Overall, there have been eight different winners of the last eight, stretching back to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of last year.

This year there have also been five different drivers on pole, whilst six different have set the fastest lap.

Two of the past three races in Montreal have featured at least five different leaders.

The race has been won from pole three times in the past 10 years – compared to eight of the last 10 Monaco GPs.

Michael Schumacher holds the record
for most number of wins in Canada with seven. The 43-year-old, though,
has not even been on the podium now for a run of 46 races.

Five drivers won their first race at
this track: Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari, 1978); Thierry Boutsen,
(Williams, 1989); Jean Alesi (Ferrari, 1995); Lewis Hamilton (McLaren
2007) and Robert Kubica (BMW, 2008).

The race is renowned as a car-breaker as over the last 12 years there have been 93 retirements.

Canadian Grand Prix 2012: Free day scrapped amid fear of protests in Montreal

Canadian Grand Prix 'open doors' day scrapped amid fear of protests in Montreal

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12:03 GMT, 4 June 2012

Canadian Grand Prix organisers have cancelled a free access day for spectators at the Montreal Formula One circuit because of fears that student protesters will try to disrupt the event.

An official statement said there would be no Thursday 'Open Doors' day, an important and popular part of the build-up to Sunday's race.

Disruptive: There are fears student protesters will disrupt the race in Montreal

Disruptive: There are fears student protesters will disrupt the race in Montreal

'Following a serious examination of the situation, made necessary by public disruption threats and the difficulty to measure their precise validity, the organizers came to the conclusion that it is necessary to restrain the access to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve and precisely the F1 pit lane,' it said.

Francois Dumontier, president of the race, said the risks could not be ignored.

When it rains... Last year's Montreal Grand Prix saw showers throughout

When it rains… Last year's Montreal Grand Prix saw showers throughout

'One of our primary obligations is to ensure the comfort and the security of the participants and the spectators, something we will do as we open the turnstiles Friday morning, and again during the whole weekend,' he said.

'Considering the various disruption threats made public recently, the free admission and the naturally open character of the 'Open Doors' day revealed some risks that we could not neglect.

'Under these circumstances, cancelling the 'Open Doors' day was the only action we could take.'

Winner Mark Webber won in Monaco last month

Winner Mark Webber won in Monaco last month

The sometimes violent student strike began in mid-February after the Quebec provincial government announced plans to raise tuition fees.

Tourism is a major source of revenue for Montreal and the race attracted some 300,000 people last year according to the local tourism authority.

This would not be the first time an F1 event has been affected by protesters this season.

Protesters demanded that the Bahrain Grand Prix should be cancelled amid the unstable political situation in the region.

Controversially, the race went ahead and Sebastian Vettel won the race in April.

Mark Webber will be hoping to win back to back races, after his success in Monaco late in May.

David Beckham scores in front of record crowd in Canada

Record crowd see Beckham bend it into the top corner in Canada

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23:33 GMT, 12 May 2012

David Beckham wowed a record crowd in Canada with a trademark free kick to earn MLS champions Los Angeles Galaxy a vital point.

The 37-year-old midfielder bent in a
free kick in the 62nd minute to secure a 1-1 draw against
the Montreal Impact on Saturday in front of 60,860 fans – the largest
crowd for a professional football match in Canada.

Bend it like: David Beckham fires in a trademark free kick

Bend it like: David Beckham fires in a trademark free kick

Net buster: Montreal keeper Donovan Ricketts is beaten by Beckham rocket

Net buster: Montreal keeper Donovan Ricketts is beaten by Beckham rocket

There was a mix of boos and cheers each time Beckham played the ball, even when he scored on one of his trademark free kicks that curled inside the right post from 23 yards.

Beckham's second goal of the season came six minutes after he was shown an yellow card for an elbow to the face of Felipe Martins.

Davy Arnaud had scored for Montreal in the second minute.

Hot shot: Beckham celebrates

Hot shot: Beckham celebrates

Crowd pleaser: Beckham was a big hit with the locals

Crowd pleaser: Beckham was a big hit with the locals

2012 F1 Calendar: Dates and times of the 20 races

2012 Formula One calendar: Full details of the 20 races

All 20 races will be exclusively live on Sky Sports. An asterisk will indicate which grands prix are being shown live on the BBC. All times are UK.

Australian Grand Prix (Melbourne)

Date: March 16-18
Circuit Name: Albert Park
Number of Laps: 58
Lap Record: 1:24.125 – M Schumacher (2004)
Qualifying: 06:00
Race: 06:00

Malaysia Grand Prix (Kuala Lumpar)

Date: March 23-25
Circuit Name: Sepang International Circuit
Number of Laps: 56
Lap Record: 1:34.223 – JP Montoya (2004)
Qualifying: 08:00
Race: 09:00

Champagne moment: Vettel won last year's Malaysian Grand Prix

Champagne moment: Vettel won last year's Malaysian Grand Prix

Chinese Grand Prix (Shanghai)*

Date: April 13-15
Circuit Name: Shanghai International Circuit
Number of Laps: 56
Lap Record: 1:32.238 – M Schumacher (2004)
Qualifying: 07:00
Race: 08:00

Bahrain Grand Prix (Sakhir)

Date: 20-22 April
Circuit Name: Bahrain International Circuit
Number of Laps: 56
Lap Record: 1:30.252 – M Schumacher (2004)
Qualifying: 12:00
Race: 13:00

Spanish Grand Prix (Catalunya)*

Date: 11-13 May
Circuit Name: Circuit de Catalunya
Number of Laps: 66
Lap Record: 1:21.670 – K Raikkonen (2008)
Qualifying: 12:00
Race: 13:00

Jewel in the crown: The famous principality tops the list of must-win races for any grand prix driver

Jewel in the crown: The famous principality tops the list of must-win races for any grand prix driver

Monaco Grand Prix (Monte Carlo)*

Date: 24-27 May
Circuit Name: Circuit de Monaco
Number of Laps: 78
Lap Record: 1:14.439 – M Schumacher (2004)
Qualifying: 12:00
Race: 13:00

Canadian Grand Prix (Montreal)

Date: 8-10 June
Circuit Name: Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Number of Laps: 70
Lap Record: 1:13.622 – R Barrichello (2004)
Qualifying: 18:00
Race: 19:00

European Grand Prix (Valencia)*

Date: 22-24 June
Circuit Name: Valencia Street Circuit
Number of Laps: 57
Lap Record: 1:38.683 – T Glock (2009)
Qualifying: 13:00
Race: 13:00

Centre stage: Silverstone will play host to the 2012 British Grand Prix

Centre stage: Silverstone will play host to the 2012 British Grand Prix

British Grand Prix (Silverstone)*

Date: 6-8 July
Number of Laps: 52
Lap Record: 1:30.874 – F Alonso (2010)
Qualifying: 12:00
Race: 13:00

German Grand Prix (Hockenheim)

Date: 20-22 July
Circuit Name: Hockenheimring
Number of Laps: 67
Lap Record: 1:13.780 – K Raikkonen (2004)
Qualifying: 12:00
Race: 13:00

Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest)

Date: 27-29 July
Circuit Name: Hungaroring
Number of Laps: 70
Lap Record: 1:19.071 – M Schumacher (2004)
Qualifying: 13:00
Race: 13:00

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Belgian Grand Prix (Spa-Francorchamps)*

Date: 31 August-2 September
Circuit Name: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Number of Laps: 44
Lap Record: 1:45.108 – K Raikkonen (2004)
Qualifying: 12:00
Race: 13:00

Italian Grand Prix (Monza)

Date: 7-9 September
Circuit Name: Autodromo di Monza
Number of Laps: 53
Lap Record: 1:21.046 – R Barrichello (2004)
Qualifying: 12:00
Race: 13:00

Singapore Grand Prix (Singapore)*

Date: 21-23 September
Circuit Name: Marina Bay Street Circuit
Number of Laps: 61
Lap Record: 1:45.599 – K Raikkonen (2008)
Qualifying: 13:00
Race: 13:00

Thumbs up: Vettel celebrates his Monza victory in 2011

Thumbs up: Vettel celebrates his Monza victory in 2011

Japanese Grand Prix (Suzuka)

Date: 5-7 October
Number of Laps: 53
Lap Record: 1:31.540 – K. Raikkonen (2005)
Qualifying: 07:00
Race: 08:00

Korean Grand Prix (Yeongam)*

Date: 12-14 October
Circuit Name: Korea International Circuit
Number of Laps: 55
Lap Record: 1:39.605 – S Vettel (2011)
Qualifying: 07:00
Race: 08:00

Indian Grand Prix (Buddh)

Date: 26-28 October
Circuit Name: Buddh International Circuit
Number of Laps: 60
Lap Record: 1:27.249 – S Vettel (2011)
Qualifying: 09:30
Race: 09:30

On the Button: The McLaren man larking around ahead of last year's race

On the Button: The McLaren man larking around ahead of last year's race

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina)*

Date: 2-4 November
Number of Laps: 55
Lap Record: 1:40.279 – S Vettel (2009)
Qualifying: 13:00
Race: 13:00

United States Grand Prix (Austin)

Date: 16-18 November
Circuit Name: Circuit of The Americas
Number of Laps: 56
Lap Record: N/A
Qualifying: 19:00
Race: 19:00

Brazilian Grand Prix (Sao Paulo)*

Date: 23-25 November
Circuit Name: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
Number of Laps: 71
Lap Record: 1:11.473 – JP Montoya (2004)
Qualifying: 16:00
Race: 16:00