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MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari on pole position for their home Italian Grand Prix with Formula One's fastest lap ever on Saturday.
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We started our ascent of Italy’s Stromboli volcano at dusk. It was a long, steady trek upwards, but not an exhausting one. At the crater’s rim, with fountains and bombs of glowing lava exploding into the night sky, we soon forgot the effort it had taken to get there. Going down, however, was unforgettably harder. The trail through the deep black sand blanketing the massive cone was impossible to follow by the paltry light of our helmet lamps. I had never witnessed my athletic...
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MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Danish driver Kevin Magnussen accused McLaren's Fernando Alonso of behaving 'like a god' during Italian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday and said he could not wait for the Spaniard to leave Formula One.
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Dakota Johnson looks stunning while making her red carpet entrance at the Suspiria premiere held during the 2018 Venice Film Festival on Saturday (September 1) at Sala Grande in Venice, Italy. The 28-year-old actress confirmed during a press conference at the festival that she indeed went to therapy after making the horror movie. “First of [...]
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Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini has rejoined Italy's squad for the Azzurri's opening Nations League matches against Poland and Portugal
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Chloe Moretz has made her red carpet arrival at the 2018 Venice Film Festival! The 21-year-old actress attended the Suspiria premiere on Saturday (September 1) at Sala Grande in Venice, Italy. Chloe wore a floral dress while walking the carpet alongside co-stars like Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton. Earlier in the day, she wore two [...]
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Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts walk the red carpet at the Suspiria premiere held during the 2018 Venice Film Festival on Saturday (September 1) at Sala Grande in Venice, Italy. Naomi is serving on the festival jury this year and fellow jury member Taika Waititi also was in attendance at the premiere. Models Barbara Palvin [...]
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Lady Gaga is overcome with love from fans as she leaves her hotel on Saturday afternoon (September 1) in Venice, Italy. The 32-year-old singer/actress looked super chic in a black velvet as she stepped out to do some shopping with boyfriend Christian Carino and her mom Cynthia. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Lady [...]
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(CNN)It was like a first date that had gone exceptionally well. Hungarian leader Viktor Orban and Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini spoke of a shared passion, exchanged compliments and promised to see each other again. After their rendezvous on Tuesday in Milan, the staunchly anti-migrant Orban described Salvini as his hero for refusing to allow rescued asylum-seekers, stuck on a boat, to set foot on Italian soil unless the European Union settled them elsewhere. Salvini facing investigation as migrants in Italy finally allowed to disembark Salvini said he hoped Tuesday was just the first of many more encounters with Orban to change Europe's destiny. The burgeoning relationship...
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28: Points scored by Toro Rosso-Honda so far in 2018. McLaren-Honda scored 30 in the whole of 2017.
Having won world titles, Honda returned to F1 to do it again. We get the inside line on what went wrong and how to fix it
Two days after the Hungarian Grand Prix, and the Hungaroring paddock is still bustling. Usually, the race between teams to pack up and head home after a grand prix is as competitive as the on-track action, but Hungary is different: most of the teams stay on at the circuit for an ultra-rare in-season test.
Walk through that paddock, dodging teams shuffling tyres or unpacking crates containing new parts for testing, and you’ll find a small cherry blossom, pristinely maintained and fully in bloom, positioned carefully right outside Honda’s hospitality unit.
It’s a bit of national symbolism: to the Japanese, sakura represent the beauty and fragility of life, a sign of renewal and a reminder of the fleeting nature of life.
There are more cherry blossoms inside the hospitality unit, alongside symbolic motifs: the dining tables have been finished with a river-style design and in the corner is a coffee table made from 50,000-year-old kauri wood. The unit is designed to house the 20 or so Honda engineers who attend each grand prix and the firm’s various guests, and the overall vibe is calm and peaceful – an incongruous contrast to the music loudly blaring from a multi-storey behemoth of a unit next door.
That would be the Red Bull Energy Station, a hospitality unit so large it takes 32 trucks to transport it to a race and travels with its own catering unit to feed the team who spend three days assembling it ahead of every grand prix.
Despite the differences, the occupants of those two hospitality units are now bound together. After three tortuously difficult years with McLaren ended in a messy public split, Honda has been supplying power units to Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s junior team, this year. Next year, Red Bull’s main team will also use Honda power.
The McLaren-Honda relationship started in 2015 amid huge expectations shaped by memories of their previous union, from 1988 until 1992, which netted four drivers’ and four constructors’ world championships. The reunion caused such hype that many overlooked the form of Honda’s works team, which sheepishly quit Formula 1 at the end of 2008 after a dismal showing.
Second time around, McLaren-Honda struggled from the start. By entering in 2015, Honda returned in the second year of the hugely complex current F1 powertrain regulations, which combine a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine with two hybrid systems (known as MGU-K and MGU-H). Having given Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Renault a one-year head start, Honda has been playing catch-up ever since – as McLaren driver Fernando Alonso’s frequent radio outbursts made clear. (The Spaniard at one point exclaimed: “I have never raced with less power in my life.”)
After three years of frustration, McLaren was prepared to forego the substantial sponsorship Honda provided the team with and look elsewhere, with Toro Rosso the Japanese firm’s only real option for 2018. Such were the doubts over Honda’s ability to produce competitive power that an earlier supply agreement with Sauber led to the Swiss team’s management being ousted before the deal was annulled.
The Toro Rosso deal seemed a major step back: since being bought by Red Bull 12 years ago, the Italian outfit has operated as the drink firm’s ‘B-team’ and, after entering the sport as Minardi in 1985, has won only a single race. Yet you sense the subsequent reduction in expectations has been somewhat cathartic for Honda’s staff, reflected in the tranquillity and calm that matches the furnishings of their paddock set-up.
That’s certainly the impression you get talking to Toyoharu Tanabe, who moved across from Honda’s successful IndyCar engine programme to serve as technical director of the F1 programme or this year. Asked if Toro Rosso has been easier to work with than McLaren, he demurely replies: “I have no experience working with McLaren.” Having exercised his easy get-out clause to a difficult question, he pauses. And then continues.
“But from my experience working with the [Toro Rosso] chassis team, they are very open and then…” Another pause. “We can discuss things in great detail. It’s easier for us to work with the team. We are comfortable.”
That’s the closest Tanabe comes to criticising McLaren. And he clearly doesn’t want to dwell on the past, or what went wrong. But there is an acknowledgement that Honda was caught out by the sheer complexity of the powertrain rules.
“Current Formula 1 is a little bit difficult,” he says, with an air of understatement. “It’s completely different from the previous era of F1 and the regulations are the most aggressive compared with other categories.
“For a manufacturer, the power unit has the MGU-K, MGU-H, internal combustion engine and a battery, and we need to make it a package. Each element requires very high technology and very high skills, so we need many engineers, extra engineers. Then you need to organise all those people, so that’s another big challenge.”
Tanabe also notes that the emphasis on simulation work in current F1, due to the shortage of on-track testing, is another area where Honda in lacking. “We have off-season tests, then first race, then it’s boom, boom, boom, boom,” he says. “We don’t have enough track test days compared with the previous era, so we need to improve our simulation work and our feedback from the factory. It’s very difficult to correlate between simulation and on-track results. Still we are learning.”
On track, the odd-couple Toro Rosso-Honda partnership has shown flashes of form. Despite the late deal putting the team behind (“We’ve had to work very hard” to catch up, says Tanabe), in Bahrain, the second race of the season, Pierre Gasly claimed a superb fourth place. That bettered the highest finish Honda managed in the previous three seasons with McLaren. Toro Rosso-Honda’s form has fluctuated since then, the team battling to emerge from F1’s crowded pack. Then in Hungary, the final race before F1’s summer break, Gasly secured another strong finish, in sixth.
Tanabe describes that Hungary result as “encouraging”, and that was best illustrated in qualifying: in difficult wet conditions, Gasly and team-mate Brendon Hartley qualified sixth and eighth respectively, sandwiching Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. According to Hartley, that result highlighted a real strength of the Honda engine.
“Since the first test this year, we’ve had perfect drivability: when I put the throttle down, I get the exact response I want from the engine,” he says. “That sounds like a simple thing, but when you have such a complex powertrain as a modern F1 car, it’s not straightforward – and we know other teams have more issues with this than we do. That really helped in Hungary.”
Hartley acknowledges “a lot of people wrote us off and thought we had no chance”. But he adds: “Everyone at Toro Rosso saw this as a huge opportunity to work one-on-one with one of the biggest manufacturers in the world. There have only been positives in the relationship so far.”
Despite the progress, it’s clear the Honda power unit is still not a match for rivals. Tanabe’s solution to this problem is admirably simple: “We have to try to close the gap and make more power.” He won’t specify how exactly Honda plans to achieve that but notes that “we are thinking”.
The reduced expectations of the Toro Rosso deal has enabled Honda to do that thinking in relative peace. Supplying both Red Bull teams means next year won’t be so quiet. Having four cars on the grid should enable Honda to develop quicker. “Theoretically, we will double the benefit,” says Tanabe. “But maybe Red Bull has a different philosophy for the car, which means not only double the benefit, but more than double.”
There will, assuredly, be more than double the pressure. Red Bull is a proven title-winning squad and has input from star designer Adrian Newey, a rising star driver in Verstappen and a firm belief that it has had the best chassis in F1 in recent years. Oh, and a history of outspoken criticism of current engine supplier Renault’s efforts. The level of pressure is likely to be as big as the oversized, 32-truck Red Bull Energy Station.
Still, Tanabe isn’t easily caught out making lofty predictions. Asked about targets with Red Bull, he simply says: “We will try to get a higher position but, at the moment, I cannot tell you exactly what our target is.” Then Tanabe pauses again. “We always challenge to get the win.”
*Q&A: Pierre Gasly, F1 Driver:*
Red Bull star Daniel Ricciardo’s shock switch to Renault for 2019 opened up a seat in one of F1’s top three teams, which has since been filled by 22-year-old Pierre Gasly, who has starred for Toro Rosso this year. We spoke to him before the move was confirmed.
*How’s your relationship with Honda?*
“The story has been amazing. In Super Formula [Japan’s equivalent to F2] last year, we fought for the title until the last race, and it’s great to continue that relationship this year. I learned a lot about the culture, and how to communicate with them.”
*Are you ready to move up to Red Bull?*
“That’s where I want to be – but, at the moment, I don’t think about it. The mentality that got me to F1 is just to focus on myself, and if I show my potential, then it will come one day. If I’m fast, I’ll get my chance, so I just need to make sure I’m fast.”
*How tough is F1, mentally and physically?*
“Physically, you need to do a lot, but it’s a sport where your mental strength is tested every day, and even more so in Red Bull.”
*If you had a Red Bull chassis, could you have won races this year?*
“Give me the chassis: I’ll try it and tell you! But if you want to know if Honda will have great races with Red Bull next year, then I’ll tell you yes. I’m pretty sure they’re going to win races.”
*HONDA’S F1 TRACK RECORD *
*HONDA R&D COMPANY 1964-1968:* Honda entered F1 with a full constructor team the year after its first road car went into production, with Richie Ginther taking its maiden victory in the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. John Surtees claimed another win in Italy in 1967, but the squad struggled to produce a consistently competitive chassis. It withdrew at the end of 1968, following the death of driver Jo Schlesser at Rouen.
*ENGINE SUPPLIER 1983-1992:* Honda returned to F1 in 1983 with the tiny Spirit squad and through the 1980s achieved plenty of success as a supplier, particularly with Williams, Lotus and McLaren. The high point was the 1988 season, the last in F1’s turbo era: using Honda engines, McLaren won 15 out of 16 races. Honda engines won 69 races during this period.
*ENGINE SUPPLIER 2000-2005:* Having maintained a presence in F1 with semi-works Mugen-Honda engines, the firm returned as a supplier with BAR in 2000, also supplying Jordan in 2001 and 2002. Although there were no wins, BAR did finish second to Ferrari in the 2004 constructors’ championship.
*HONDA RACING F1 2006-2008: *Honda bought the BAR squad for 2006 to become a full constructor. After a solid first season – highlighted by Jenson Button’s victory in Hungary – the team struggled badly in 2007 and 2008. With the firm in financial trouble, Honda sold up at the end of 2008. It was bought by Brawn GP, which, using Mercedes engines, won both titles in 2009.
*ENGINE SUPPLIER 2015-present:* Lured back to F1 by the hybrid turbocharged regs, Honda has struggled for both pace and reliability. In three seasons with McLaren, the highest finish it achieved was a fifth place. The Toro Rosso- Honda combo has scored five points finishes so far this year.
*Read more *
*Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: best of the F1 cars*
*Interview: Pierre Gasly on F1 and Red Bull Racing*
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CRISTIANO RONALDO will not get anywhere near the same amount of goals as he is used to get whilst at Real Madrid in Italy, claims Juventus legend Ciro Ferrera.
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(MENAFN - Gulf Times) A 54-year-old woman died on Saturday after another woman went on a stabbing spree at a museum in northern Italy, local media reported. Another three people w...
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She had returned to Pakistan two months back from Italy.
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The renewed violence came as Britain, France, Italy and the United States denounced the violence and warned that an escalation would hamper the political process in North African country.
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A robot submarine able to hunt and kill the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish devastating the Great Barrier Reef was unveiled by Australian researchers.
Scientists at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) said the robot, named the RangerBot and developed with a grant from Google, would serve as a "robo reef protector" for the vast World Heritage site off Australia's northeastern coast.
The RangerBot has an eight-hour battery life and computer vision capabilities allowing it to monitor and map reef areas at scales not previously possible. "RangerBot is the world's first underwater robotic system designed specifically for coral reef environments, using only robot-vision for real-time navigation, obstacle avoidance and complex science missions," said Matthew Dunbabin, the QUT professor who unveiled the submarine.
"This multi-function ocean drone can monitor a wide range of issues facing coral reefs including coral bleaching, water quality, pest species, pollution and siltation." Software will also enable the bot to detect crown-of-thorns starfish, which eat coral, and "instigate an injection which is fatal" to the predators, he said, adding that the injection is harmless for other reef creatures.
The starfish have proliferated in recent times due to pollution and agricultural runoff. The Great Barrier Reef, about the size of Japan or Italy, is reeling from two straight years of bleaching as sea temperatures rise because of climate change.
Experts have warned that the 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) long area could have suffered irreparable damage due to the combined effects of bleaching, damage from agricultural runoff and the impact of the crown-of-thorns starfish.
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The United States, France, Italy and Britain on Saturday condemned what they called an escalation of violence in and around the Libyan capital Tripoli.
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Xiaomi’s Redmi 6 series - Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A may include dual-VoLTE. The company teased this news on Twitter alongside a YouTube which states that it will launch three smartphones in India at on September 5.
However, it is likely that only the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A smartphones will feature Dual VoLTE and not the Redmi 6 Pro.
In terms of specifications, the Redmi 6 features a 5.45-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor, and will be available in two RAM variants – 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM. It also offers two storage variant options – 32GB and 64GB along with a microSD card for expandable storage. Running Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI, the device comes equipped with a dual camera set up – 12MP + 5MP sensors. It also features a 5MP front-facing camera. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, GPS/A-GPS and microUSB. A 3000mAh battery completes the package.
On the other hand, the Redmi 6A features a 5.45-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor, paired with 2GB RAM. It includes an internal storage of 16GB along with a microSD card for expandable storage. Running Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI, the device comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera along with a 5MP front-facing camera.
Founded in 2010, Xiaomi has been selling its affordable devices in large markets such as China and India, and is looking to make a foray into Europe, starting with France and Italy.
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MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - McLaren have recognised that they will have to wait until next season before the Formula One team's new technical director James Key will be able to start work.
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