After 740 races and 16 world titles, Williams family affair comes to an end

first_imgThe racing Williams family ended their association with Formula One on Sunday with an understated result at the Italian Grand Prix that reflected their recent fortunes and a pledge from one of their drivers to “drive like hell to honor the name”.After 740 races, 114 victories, 128 pole positions and 16 world championship titles, team founder Frank Williams and his daughter Claire, who had been running the team as deputy team principal, severed their connection.Their departure, following the team’s sale to the American investment group Dorilton Capital, also marked the end of an era for F1 as Williams were the last team in the sport under British ownership. On track, Canadian rookie Nicholas Latifi finished just outside the points in 11th position while Briton George Russell was 14thBoth gave heartfelt tributes to the Williams family from their cars on team radio during the slow-down laps after the race. Claire, who had grown up as part of the team and knew little other than motor racing, was given the pre-race task of waving Latifi out of the garage.”Great job Claire,” said the team.  Topics :center_img She admitted she found her final day on the pit-wall at the Italian Grand Prix was emotional.”Everyone in the team,” she posted on social media.”It’s been my greatest pleasure and my biggest honor to work with you. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.”Her father founded the team in 1977 and, together with technical director Patrick Head, built it from humble beginnings into a slick outfit regarded as serial winners before finding it impossible to compete and beat major car manufacturer teams in the 21st century.The team’s last win was at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix, a weekend remembered also for a fire in their garage as they celebrated after the race.On Sunday, after two seasons in which they finished bottom of the constructors championship, the team self-effacingly drew attention to their budget limitations, compared to richer rivals like Mercedes, Renault, Red Bull and Ferrari, by producing a home-made ‘thank you’ card made of cardboard. Formula One managing director Ross Brawn, who was the technical and engineering force behind all seven of Michael Schumacher’s drivers’ titles with Benetton and Ferrari, started his career with Williams. On Sunday, he said: “In Williams, we are losing a family who have been part of Formula One for so long, but on the other hand it shows the trust and support for F1 that there is new investment coming in.”Russell said: “I wouldn’t be here today without Frank and Claire. They gave me my shot in F1, like that have done for so many drivers, engineers, mechanics and countless others over the years.”Than you for everything. We’ll keep driving like hell to honor the Williams name.”last_img read more

Chelsea add Watford’s Javi Gracia to three-man shortlist to replace Maurizio Sarri

first_imgChelsea add Watford’s Javi Gracia to three-man shortlist to replace Maurizio Sarri Gracia can aid Chelsea’s top-four push if his Watford side beat Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The Blues will drop out of the top four if Arsenal beat Watford on Monday night, though that is not the only reason Chelsea bosses will be watching the game with interest.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to the Daily Record, Chelsea’s decision-makers have been hugely impressed by the job Gracia has done at Vicarage Road, with the team on course for a seventh-place finish and already in the final of the FA Cup.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAs well as results on the pitch, Chelsea are particularly drawn to Gracia’s calm and understated manner off it – a marked contrast from some of the west Londoners’ recent managers.The Spaniard is also happy to be a head coach and they do not believe he will be as demanding in the transfer market as Sarri, who made requests to sign a number of high-level players both in the summer and winter. Sarri has struggled to win over fans in his first season in charge (Picture: Getty)Gracia is one of three names on Chelsea’s shortlist, with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and former Chelsea captain – now Derby County manager – Frank Lampard also in contention.Watford are believed to be open to letting Gracia leave if they receive a massive compensation fee, while Sarri is unfazed by the prospect of leaving Stamford Bridge after just one year and has reportedly been encouraging interest from Serie A side Roma.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment The Italian will come under increased scrutiny if Chelsea miss out on the top four (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri remains under pressure at Chelsea and could be replaced by Watford manager Javi Gracia, whose tenure in charge of the Hornets has impressed Stamford Bridges bosses.Sarri appeared to ease the pressure surrounding his future thanks to a string of improved results and the introduction of more youth players into his starting XI.However, defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday saw the side’s top-four hopes take a blow and he could be back in the firing line if Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League.center_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Apr 2019 2:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link753Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Two Sovereign stunners going under the hammer this weekend

first_img13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands.TWO spectacular Gold Coast mansions on the same street will go under the hammer this weekend.Both houses on the Sovereign Islands are among the standout properties being offered to the market.13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands is going under the hammer at 2.30pm.CoreLogic data revealed 47 homes went to auction on the Gold Coast last weekend with a clearance rate of 54.6 per cent, 14.1 per cent higher than the Sunshine Coast.Auctioneer Colin Banks said there was a new interest in the Sovereign Islands.“The Soveriegn Islands has always been a sought after place but with new builds in the area interest is picking up again,” he said.“Christmas was a very slow season for auctions, and January was a blitz so now the market is gradually picking up again very slowly.”Want to see more dream homes?  Here are a few we found earlier. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSummer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachMr Banks said a Clear Island Waters property he was set to auction tomorrow had already sold.“There is usually a 30 per cent chance of this happening on the Gold Coast but only for lower end homes.“The home I was going to call at Clear Island Waters was well in the $2 million price range.”Meanwhile, Ray White agent Edin Kara is taking 13 Royal Albert Cres to auction at 2.30pm13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands is going under the hammer at 2.30pmMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoStone feature walls a floating wooden staircase, curved walls and chandeliers are just some of the features in the five-bedroom house.13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands.Mr Kara said the home has views down the canal and a nature strip at the front for a sense of privacy.“It is located in one of the best streets the Sovereign Islands has to offer,” he said.Further up the street, perched between the newest homes on Sovereign Islands, is a five bedroom, five bathroom house at 76 Royal Albert Cres.With a 20m waterfront the contemporary home has striking tropical gardens.Professionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Chris Moyer said the house featured imported clay roof tiles from Italy, designed to give a rustic style.At Helensvale, 8 Edgewater place is being taken offered to the market at 2pm8 Edgewater Place HelensvaleDescribed by the owner Josephine Sverdioff as a home with royal history, the six-bedroom house is poised on a 804sq m block.“The story in the street is that 8 Edgewater was one of three homes owned by a Malaysian prince,” Mrs Sverdioff said.“The prince apparently stayed in house number 10 on holidays and the two houses either side of the mansion were for his staff, which were number 8 and number 14.”8 Edgewater Place Helensvalelast_img read more

River Rom Restoration Plans on Display

first_imgFinal plans for the £245,000 River Rom restoration project will be displayed at a launch event in Grenfell Park this weekend, the London Borough of Havering said in its latest announcement.The restoration, part of the River Catchment Project, aims to improve the physical condition of the River Rom, reduce the risk of flooding and provide ecological benefits.The project area will include Grenfell Park and parts of the Chase Local Nature Reserve.This restoration program forms part of the Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme which aims to deliver 26 projects in five years across Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Thurrock, Brentwood and areas of south-west Essex.The London Borough of Havering said in its statement that the meeting for the final plans for this very important restoration project will take place at Grenfell Park from 10am until 2pm on Saturday, September 15.last_img read more