Hamilton on top in Austria despite protest over his Mercedes

first_imgLewis Hamilton began his quest for a record-equalling seventh world title by topping the times Friday as Formula One roared back with a full day’s practice and an official technical protest of his Mercedes car at the belated season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. Back in black: Lewis Hamilton steers his car to the day’s top time Three months after the cancelled traditional curtain-raiser in Australia, and six months on from the last race, it was business as usual from the dominant newly-repainted ‘black arrows’ Mercedes men with Valtteri Bottas completing a familiar one-two as the sport re-ignited after its longest off-season. “It’s great to be back,” said Hamilton, who is seeking to draw level with seven-time champion Michael Schumacher in the record books. “It’s been a long time coming, so it feels great to feel the new car for the first time since February. “It’s quite a big difference to the one we got to test at Silverstone and I don’t remember what I was like in February, to be honest. It was so long ago.”Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Lampard, Ancelotti call for VAR ‘reflection‘“For a long time, we’ve been planning for the livery change for the car, for the (driver) suit change and I have also designed my helmet in black,” said Hamilton, speaking on a video released on social media.“Normally, my helmet is white, my suit is white and obviously the car is in silver. This is why – it’s the whole reason that the helmet has changed its colour and the suit and the car.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 House on the hill: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action“So we’ll take it with a pinch of salt, try to improve the car tonight and come back with it tomorrow.”Hamilton, in commanding form in both the morning and afternoon sessions, was quickest in one minute and 4.304 seconds to lead Bottas by 0.197 seconds and third-placed Sergio Perez, in Racing Point’s ‘pink Mercedes’, by 0.657.Sebastian Vettel, in his last season with Ferrari, was fourth for the Italian outfit ahead of McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo of Renault and Lando Norris of McLaren.Lance Stroll, in the second Racing Point, modelled on the hugely-successful 2019 title-winning Mercedes, was seventh ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari and his future team-mate Carlos Sainz of McLaren.Verstappen revealed afterwards that his performance was heavily curtailed by running with a broken front wing shortly before his Red Bull team confirmed, on a day of hectic action, that they have lodged an official protest over Mercedes’ controversial dual-axis steering (DAS) system.The system allows drivers to adjust the toe angle of the car by pushing or pulling the steering wheel in the cockpit.It was used by both Mercedes drivers on Friday when the teams all carried the sport’s ‘We Race As One’ pro-diversity message on their cars.The long-awaited track action brought an end to Formula One’s longest break following the lifting of lockdown restrictions in Europe caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.Hamilton, who has been an outspoken supporter of the campaign for equality and diversity since the death of American George Floyd last month, revealed a statement Black Lives Matter helmet before climbing into his Mercedes.His Mercedes W11 car was also running in revised new black livery, instead of the team’s traditional silver, with a message to ‘End Racism’ on the halo.center_img Hamilton said he would take his initial supremacy over his competitors “with a pinch of salt” after a performance that appeared to send a message to his rivals and a power boost to the Black Lives Matter movement that he and his team have embraced and supported. “What’s positive is the car felt good today,” he said. “It definitely feels like in general, compared to last year, we have continued to improve it and that is a positive.” Speaking before rivals Red Bull protested officially at Mercedes’ innovative new steering system, he added that it was difficult to say if he had an edge over his rivals after just one day. “That’s difficult to say – it’s definitely looking good, but you can never take too much from practice and, if you look at some of the other teams, they were maybe down on power modes or up on power modes or fuel or whatever it may be. – ‘Pinch of salt’ – Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live In8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Ways Drones Are Shaping Our FutureYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Showlast_img read more

Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson receives Hall of Fame induction news on live TV

first_imgJimmy Johnson’s long-overdue arrival at the Pro Football Hall of Fame happened in front of millions of viewers Sunday night during the Packers-Seahawks divisional playoff game.In place of the typical Sunday night dramas, Fox’s halftime show — which features the former Cowboys and University of Miami head coach as an analyis — broke the news that Johnson would be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, the home of the Hall of Fame. Johnson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He is best known for his stint as the head ball coach with the Miami Hurricanes, winning a National Championship in 1987 and putting the U on the map as a powerhouse football program.The remainder of the 15-person Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020, which in total will consist of 20 members, will be revealed Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 a.m. ET live during “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network.On Saturday, CBS Sports studio analyst and former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher got the same treatment. Incredible moment.Legendary @dallascowboys coach @JimmyJohnson finds out live on TV he is the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame! pic.twitter.com/GK3jlSlWRz— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) January 13, 2020But Johnson wasn’t the only one with tears streaming down his face: Troy Aikman, his former QB and current color analyst for Fox, learned the news at the same time as everyone else. Aikman was in the Fox booth in Green Bay when cameras cut to him.Iso-cam on Aikman. It looks like he was maybe surprised by it too? pic.twitter.com/NX9hpgDhFu— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 13, 2020Johnson spent five years with the Cowboys from 1989-93, winning two Super Bowls with Big D in 1992 and 1993. Dallas hasn’t won a Super Bowl since. Johnson replaced legendary Cowboys coach Tom Landry and confusingly still hasn’t been honored as part of Dallas’ Ring of Honor. After two years away from head coaching, Johnson returned to the sidelines with the Dolphins in 1996 and helped the Fins make it to the playoffs in three of the next four years before his retirement.last_img read more