SportsNet - April 2012

F1 Bahrain GP: Red Bull, Vettel takes First Win of 2012

on April 22 2012 1:27 PM
F1 Bahrain GP: Red Bull, Vettel takes First Win of 2012

After a very disappointing start to the season, Red Bull's fortunes sure have turned.

Sebastian Vettel was visibly relived as he stood at top of the podium while the German national anthem played at the ceremony. Team Manager, Christian Horner, was also elated at the team's first pole position and win of the current season.

Vettel drove a dominate race in the desert island, that it even looked like he pushed his car, the RB8 chassis affectionately named Abbey, to its very limits because no sooner had he taken the win he park it at the end of the Pit Lane. Team mate Mark Webber placed 4th resulting in engine supplier, Renault, having the first four places being won on their RS27 engine.

Lotus also had a great race with both of its drivers completing the podium. "Iceman" Kimi Räikkönen took second tailing Vettel by only 3.3 s. Räikkönen took the position about half-way through the race after his team mate, Romain Grosjean, move over to allow his faster team mate a shot at  Vettel. This marks Kimi's first podium since his return from his Rallying stint and Romain's first in Formula One.

TORRES SUSPENSION: Shanahan Lays Down the Law, But What Does it Mean?

on April 22 2012 1:06 PM
TORRES SUSPENSION: Shanahan Lays Down the Law, But What Does it Mean?

After waiting several days to see just how hard Brendan Shanahan would come down on Raffi Torres for his latest on-ice indiscretion, the hockey community seems to be split on the 25-game penalty announced on Saturday. 

Some feel Torres more than deserves the lengthy suspension given his history and the severity of his crimes, while others feel this is another example of the inconsistency of penalties given out by Shanahan (see Weber, Shea).  Nobody seems to doubt the sentence, just the way at which it was arrived and how it compares to others.  What might be more important, however, is whether this penalty ends up being a one-off, or if it's the NHL's way of finally laying down the law when it comes to head shots and other cheap hits.

F1: Bahrain Qualifying; Return of Finger Boy Vettel.

on April 21 2012 9:14 AM
F1: Bahrain Qualifying; Return of Finger Boy Vettel.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel shows that even though he did not make Q3 in China, he fights back with an impressive run that gets him his first pole position for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. Vettel drove the perfect lap to snatch the pole from McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who was only .098 s slower.

            The Red Bull of Mark Webber and Hamilton's team mate, Jenson Button, complete the first two rows on the grid. Toro Rosso's Daniel Riccardo will start 6th after a great lap, but Mercedes and China Grand Prix winner, Nico Rosberg, only gets P5 at .4 s behind the leader, Vettel, which could stem from a break lock up going into Turn 10 of the Bahrain International Circuit.

            Ferrari and Force India decide to conserve their tyres for the race by not running Fernando Alonso, P9, and Paul di Resta, P10, respectively.

            Williams' Pastor Maldonado will be penalized 5 grid places after qualifying 17th and will start 22nd.

            Seven- time World Champion, Michael Schumacher, was surprisingly elimination in Q1 due to mechanical problems that prevented him from making any improvements to his time.

F1: Bahrain Friday Free Practice Summary

on April 20 2012 2:55 PM
F1: Bahrain Friday Free Practice Summary

After much controversy surrounding the FIA decision to go ahead with the Bahrain Grand Prix, despite pressure to cancel, Friday's free practices went on without incident. The Force India Team chose miss the Second practice on the grounds of "logistical reasons" but the decision could stem from a car carrying Force India Team members was delayed by a petrol bomb (Molotov cocktail) attack.

Paul Hembery, Director Pirelli F1, predicts that tyre degradation will play a key role in race strategy with team opt-ting for the harder grey-striped compound, with a longer tyre life, instead of the yellow softer Option tyres,. The track exhibited its lack of grip when Timo Glock, Marussia, spun out in the first turn, and a couple of drivers like Lotus' Romain Grosjean and Sauber's Sergio Pérez ran wide on Turn 10.

LIVERPOOL NEWS: Damien Comolli's Departure a Step in the Right Direction?

on April 20 2012 1:44 PM
LIVERPOOL NEWS: Damien Comolli's Departure a Step in the Right Direction?

It has been over a week now since Damien Comolli left Liverpool by 'mutual consent' and there has been time for the dust to settle.

But was it really the right move for Fenway Sports Group to get rid of their erstwhile Director of Football Strategy?

Opinions over the Frenchman's involvement in transfer dealings vary. Kenny Dalglish has claimed publicly that all the transfers the team made last summer were of his own choosing, and that Comolli merely facilitated the players arrival at the club, although his remit when he was appointed in Nov. 2010 was to oversee the recruitment of new players, so it is unlikely that he had no involvement at all.

Even if his role contained no advice on players, he was tasked with bringing them into the club, and while players like Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, and Andy Carroll are finally starting to show some promising signs of development on the pitch, the fact that Liverpool paid approximately £75 million for the trio, when they could have added them for about £45 million, is astounding.