Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Wednesday morning. There are 23 days to go until Brexit Day, and still we have no deal. But if you need cheering up, here’s Sergio Ramos watching his team crash out of the European Cup. Truly heartwarming stuff. It’s also the first day of Lent: Which presumably means Theresa May is off the salt-and-vinegar crisps until the middle of next month. DRIVING THE DAY KNIFE CRIME SUMMIT: Sajid Javid will meet with the country’s most senior police officers today as the government scrambles to respond to the national panic over knife crime. The home secretary will host a roundtable discussion with chief constables from across England amidst growing demands for a further cash boost for stretched police forces. The Guardian has spoken to several chief constables who sound deeply unimpressed by Theresa May’s dubious attempt on … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Knife crime summit — Rights of Mann — Race to the bottom, pt 4,621
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With Fernando Alonso watching from the pits, British rookie driver Lando Norris set the fastest time in his McLaren on Tuesday to start the final week of preseason testing in Formula One. Norris' good run came on a relatively slow day for Mercedes and Ferrari, as both teams faced reliability issues. Norris is part of the new McLaren lineup that also includes Spaniard Carlos Sainz. They are replacing Stoffel Vandoorne and two-time world champion Alonso, who left F1 after four seasons with the English team. It has been a promising start for McLaren in 2019, with the team producing its best preseason performance in several years. It was able to run more laps in last week's sessions than in both weeks a year ago. It wasn't a trouble-free day for Norris, though, as he twice faced mechanical problems at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. "On the whole today was a good day, although we didn't get to do quite as much running as we wanted," Norris said. "We've improved the car slightly since last … [Read more...] about Formula 1: With Alonso watching, McLaren’s Norris fastest in F1 testing
It is Formula One legend Michael Schumacher’s 50th birthday today but it will be an occasion tinged with great sadness. The German continues to recover at home from the life-changing skiing accident that left him in a coma for a number of months, five years ago, writes Niamh O'Mahony.Schumacher hasn’t been seen in public since. Updates on his health are irregular, usually amplified and rehashed for effect as his legions of supporters wait on any grain of positive news. In this sad context, it’s easy to forget that very few men have had a greater impact on a sport that is better known today for its technology than its human talent.Introduced to motorsport’s elite category by Eddie Jordan, Schumacher’s traits — speed, intelligence, physical strength, determination, and ruthlessness — saw him dominate Formula One in a way that would eventually bring a raft of changes, including a new points-scoring system and qualifying format, in an attempt to … [Read more...] about Michael Schumacher at 50: Celebrating an unrivalled legacy on a day tinged with great sadness
Baku City Circuit (BCC) is pleased to announce that most recent Formula 1 race held in Baku has been selected as the best race of the 2018 season by some of the world’s most prestigious international media outlets including The Times (London) and The Guardian. As a result of its well-earned reputation as one of the most spectacular races on the calendar and the promise to always ‘expect the unexpected’, the third race weekend on Baku’s streets drew in a cumulative global TV audience of 83 million – making it one of the most viewed races of the year. According to research carried out by F1, 76% of spectators at the race confirmed they had a “very enjoyable” time. This is comfortably above the season average (70%) and gives the Baku circuit the 5th highest score of the season in that regard, close behind the race weekends in the United Kingdom (90%), Austria (85%), Brazil (81%) and Mexico (79%). F1 also reported that the third … [Read more...] about International Media Name Formula 1 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix as Best Race of the Season
What is it? The 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the season, taking place at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace or Interlagos as it is more commonly known. When is it? The race is today, so Sunday November 11. What time does it start? The race starts at 5.10pm GMT. What TV channel is it on? As ever, all the coverage is screened live on Sky Sports F1. Sky's qualifying coverage starts at 4pm GMT. Sky's race program begins at 3.30pm GMT on Sunday with On The Grid coverage from 4.30pm. Channel 4 also have highlights. Watch the Brazilian Grand Prix through Now TV with a Sky Sports day pass for £7.99. What happened in qualifying? Lewis Hamilton will start the first race of his championship parade from pole position after he avoided sanction for a near-miss during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. On virtually the identical piece of Interlagos tarmac where he passed Timo Glock to … [Read more...] about Brazilian Grand Prix 2018: What time does the race start today, what TV channel is it on and what are the odds?