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Formula 1 Qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit
Saturday November 2, 2013
Qualifying day was met with ups, downs, controversy and surprise.
After the race in Abu Dhabi there are only two races left in the Formula 1 season. The USGP in Austin Texas and the Brazil race.
The 2013 season is the swan song for the very likeable Mark Webber, who just made pole position by beating the time of teammate and red bull champion, Sebastian Vettel.
On the downside was fan favorite and 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton, who qualified fourth but was unable to finish Q3 because his car broke-down. The Mercedes driver is in a great position to take the number two or three spot on points, and help his team land in second place, in the constructors.
Abu Dhabi was not without controversy when the "iceman," Kimi Raikkonen, with Lotus F1 held a press conference to clear up rumors of trouble between him and team heads.
The usually shy Raikkonen said the issues were about money. He went on to say he had not been paid all year and he might not race on Sunday unless, something was worked out. This is Kimi’s last season with Lotus F1 because he made a deal with the Ferrari team and will drive for them next season.
The big surprise during qualifying was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who did not make it into the top ten. Alonso will be in 11th place on the starting grid, which has put his team chances of second place, in jeopardy.
Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News F1 updates.
It was a good day and, a bad day, for the Mercedes AMG team, in Hockenheim, Germany. Fans gasp with fear as Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton spun off the track and hit a wall at 250mph, taking the Brit out of qualifying. Hamilton was clearly shaken from the incident that was attributable to faulty brakes.
German teammate Nico Rosberg took pole position and is expected to win, but Lewis Hamilton is a master at conquering adversity. Rosberg is currently four championship points ahead of Hamilton, but stands to increase his lead to 29, after Sunday’s race. Sunday’s starting grid will be Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas with Williams-Martini racing, and his teammate, Felipe Massa.
Currently, there are four German drivers in Formula One, so the stands are expected to be full. Over the last four-years, the German superstar has been Red Bull driver, Sebastian Vettel. Now, Nico Rosberg, who was actually raised in Monaco, will have to battle fellow German and four times World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, for the hearts of the Germany fans.
Stay tuned to Xiro Xone F1 News and Sports for more details.
Fans appeared to have a great time in Hockenheim Sunday afternoon, when Formula One drivers, showed the motorsports world why they are the pinnacle of racing. In a 67-lap, party on the grid, it was non-stop action. There was a crash, contact, and over-taking of friends, and fellow teammates. But at the end of the day, there was the reward of a podium for three of the best drivers currently in Formula One. Mercedes AMG drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton lit the fuse of excitement in Australia, at the start of the season. And fans have lost sleep, waiting for the next race.
There cannot be enough said about Williams-Martini driver, Valtteri Bottas, coming in second and keeping Williams on the map.
In other track action: During the start of the race on turn one, Felipe Massa crashed after connecting with McLaren rookie, Magnussen. Sauber driver Adrian Sutil spun his car around and got stranded in the middle of the track. Fans and commentators were puzzled as to why the safety car was not deployed. The decision by track marshal’s to let it sit on the track for a lap, then send men out on foot to push it out of the way, was heavily criticized. Stranger than that, was the sudden burst of flames from the car of Daniil Kyvat.
Sahara Force India’s driver Nico Hulkenberg, had an impressive seventh place finish in front of his home crowd. While fellow German and 4-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, was one step away from a podium coming in fourth. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished fifth.
Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News and F1 Sports. Next race, Hungary
Definition of a Hero: "A hero deliberately & courageously overcomes obstacles for the benefit of others without regard to personal consequences. Conquered obstacles are the only qualifying credentials of heroes and a measure of one's true leadership."
Only a handful of people readily comes to mind as it pertains to Federally elected politicians in America today. Most, on both sides, are beholden Big Money Interest Groups and have forgotten their roots and what it is all about...representing "We The People!" Reps. Elijah Cummimgs, Bernie Sanders, Alan Greyson, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama are some I can think of quickly.
Where are the Republicans?
Long gone are the days of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ike Eisenhower, Nelson Rockerfeller and George Romney. They were stand out human beings that believed in themselves and inspired others to be better people. Hence, collectively we become better.
Why Do We Need Heroes?
Like it or not, we need people who inspire us as role models. Many of today's heroes are sports figures, movie/tv personalities and rock stars/rappers whose lives are filled with controversy as well as frequent appearances before a judge in our already over-crowded court rooms. American Justice has turned into a cruel joke. The Media plays a critical role in the direction of any culture and influences its values system. They've failed miserably! Where's today's Walter Kronkite?
In your honest opinions, who and where are our heroes in today's America?
Preview day at the Formula One track in Hoeckenheim, Germany is all abuzz with the news that, Merceses AMG driver Nico Rosberg has signed a news multi-year contract to stay with the team. German champion Sebastian Vettel, with Red Bull Formula One is a four time World Champion who won last year at Nubering. Although there are 3-German drivers that will be on the track, Vettel is currently the fan favorite for this weekend's race.
Stay tuned to Xiro Xone News and Xiro Xon F1 Sports
Sarae talks with Carlos Colón, Bilingual Personal Finance Coach at mpowered, about what you need to know to determine if you qualify for public service student loan forgiveness.
For more details about public service student loan forgiveness, visit studentaid.ed.gov/publicservice. To access the Employment Certification form to track your employment eligibibility (you will want to fill this out for each public service job you have while making qualifying payments), click here.
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On June 28th, 2014 Larisa Dannis ran the race of her life, placing 2nd overall female in The (grueling) Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. She was declared the Dark Horse, the unexpected threat to win.
6 years ago she was overweight, out of shape, and feeling very much lost. Today, she says she’s a gal with hopes of qualifying to run in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. Larisa set a personal best at The Boston Marathon this year finishing in 2:44:41, 33rd woman overall and first woman with a non-elite race bib!
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