18 Jan
2020

Fernando Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alonso, whose first win came in the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix but who hasn’t won since the Spanish Grand Prix five years ago, says new challenges await.The former Ferrari star is known to be keen to complete the ‘Triple Crown’ of world Formula One champion, winning the 24 Hour Le Mans race and the Indy500 — he has achieved the first two of those aims.“Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner,” said Alonso.“I’m having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures.”McLaren — whose unpopular racing director Eric Boullier resigned in early July — issued a statement bordering on a eulogy to the Spaniard. “Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1,” said Zak Brown, McLaren Racing’s CEO in a statement.“His 17 years in the sport, as arguably the pre-eminent driver of his generation and undoubtedly an F1 great, have added another layer to Formula 1’s rich history.“There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his.”During his F1 career, Alonso has also claimed 22 pole positions and 97 podiums.In a heartfelt address, Alonso spoke of his life-long love of Formula One in a ‘letter’ to the sport posted on his Instagram account. Alonso — who in 2005 became the youngest ever Formula One world champion while driving for Renault before defending his title the following year — has garnered 44 points this season and is ninth in the drivers’ championship.Alonso went on to drive for McLaren for a year in 2007 followed by a return to Renault and then four years at Ferrari, before beginning his second spell with McLaren in 2015.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I have seen you (Formula One) changing, sometimes for good, others, in my opinion, for bad,” said Alonso, who on three occasions finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship while at Ferrari.“And this year, while still driving at my best, is how I want to remember you.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins McLaren’s Spanish driver Fernando Alonso attends the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 22, 2018 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVICTwo-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced on Tuesday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season after his recent struggles with underachieving McLaren.The 37-year-old Spaniard — who has 32 Grand Prix wins to his credit in 17 seasons — has become increasingly disenchanted with Formula One as the once all-powerful McLaren team have fallen way off the pace.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “When I barely knew how to walk, I ran straight towards your noise, your circuits, without knowing anything about you,” he said.“We had very good times, some unforgettable, others really bad. We have played together against incredible rivals. You played with me and I learned how to play with you too.“Every time I close my visor on my helmet, I feel your warm embrace, your energy, there is nothing like it.“But today, I have some other bigger challenges than those you can offer me.”Among those in the frame to replace Alonso is British teenager Lando Norris, who serves as McLaren’s reserve driver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ UP leader Molde praises young Lady Maroons, demands more from herself Alonso, whose best finish for McLaren so far was 10th in 2016, said he would carry on endeavouring to finish with a flourish.“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” said Alonso in a statement.“There are still several Grands Prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever.”He left the door slightly ajar, saying in a statement posted on the McLaren website he could return when it is “the right moment for me to be back in the series”, but the personal message on his Twitter account sounded like a farewell.‘Exploring new adventures’ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

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12 Jan
2020

Father, son charged for killing Mon Repos man

first_imgThe father and son who were arrested after they reportedly stabbed 23-year-old Brian Dwarka of Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD) to death were on Wednesday arraigned for the indictable offence of murder.Deceased: Brian DwarkaThe men – Suraj Singh, 50, and his son, Andrew Singh, 24, both of Lot 257 Third Street, Mon Repos – appeared before Magistrate Zamina Seepaul-Ally.They were remanded to prison and were expected to re-appear in court on June 28, 2018.Guyana Times had previously reported that on May 27, 2018, Dwarka was stabbed to death while he was attending a barbecue, a short distance away from his home.According to reports, Dwarka was in the company of his friends and cousins when an argument between him and Suraj Singh ensued.The middle-aged man, along with his son, allegedly approached Dwarka and his group, armed with knives.However, while his friends were able to escape, the 23-year-old Mon Repos resident attempted to jump over a fence, but was stabbed once to his chest.Dwarka fell into the yard and onto the ground; he was later picked up by his mother and other relatives and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The two suspects were apprehended – the father at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he reportedly lied to Police, stating that he was attacked and robbed and was sent for a medical, while the younger Singh was found hiding in a toilet in his home.last_img read more

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