30 March 2007
There are doubtless millions of people tuning into the World Cup cricket on television, and most of them will be wondering, as the cameras pan around the ground (mostly lingering on Sky's favourite image of a cleavage straining to remain inside a bikini) where all the spectators have gone, writes Martin Johnson in the Telegraph.
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Giles Mole writes in the Telegraph that the England and Wales Cricket Board have approved Yorkshire's signing of South African batsman Jacques Rudolph under the Kolpak ruling but the ECB unanimously condemned this type of application. Jacques Rudolph had earlier renounced his intention to play for South Africa in January so as to sign a three-year contract at Headingley without counting as an overseas player.
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26 March 2007
A real show of talent , would be when he faces , wet weather conditions or when he has tyre or machinery problems. The maturity of a F1 driver is shown , when he nurses an ailing car to a podium or a points finish.Lewis Hamilton , might be the pick of the rookies , he might possibly turn out to be the best driver on the grid as well at the end of the season, but let the racing speak for itself. Lewis has been fast , sometimes , outpacing his more illustrious team mate , but whether he has the maturity to win races and win a drivers championship will be tested over 16 more gruelling races. Till then let the hype , about Lewis being the drivers Champion be put on hold.
23 March 2007
Kimi Raikkonen, the Finnish driver , completed his first race for the Scuderia as winner. He won it comfortably , finishing almost 7 and a half seconds in front of reigning double world Champion , Fernando Alonso.
All was however not well , as the Finnish driver confirmed that he had had problems in communicating with his race engineer due to a problem with the Radio.
By the end of the race ,Mclaren would have known that they needed to work on a lot of things , if they were to catch up with the Scuderia and wipe out the second a lap difference in the fastest lap times. Mclaren however wouldn't want to hear what Kimi Raikkonen had to say when the race ended.
"We knew that our rhythm in the race was very competitive: I did not have to go to the limit, but maybe if the radio had worked I would have gone faster."
"On one occasion - just about ten laps before the end the race - I almost fell asleep! I got distracted, my concentration levels dropped a bit and I locked the wheels and took Turn Three slightly too wide: even without radio I knew that they were saying: 'Kimi, wake up!'
Kimi Raikkonen, normally taciturn might have just started playing mind games with the reigning world champion. The reports from Kimi Raikkonen after the Australian Grand prix must surely demoralise the Woking based team. With only one race gone, it will be interesting to see if Kimi was just letting off a lot of hot air to demoralise his rivals or the F2007 is indeed a class apart.
The top 8 in the drivers Championship after the first round are
Kimi Raikkonen - 10 Points
Fernando Alonso - 8 points
Lewis Hamilton - 6 points
Nick Heidfeld - 5 points
Giancarlo Fisichella - 4 points
Felipe Massa - 3 points
Nico Rosberg - 2 points
Ralf Schumacher - 1 point