Sunday October 28, 2012
Vettel on India pole as Red Bull dominate GREATER NOIDA, India - (Reuters) - Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel roared to pole position at the Indian Grand Prix yesterday as Red Bull flexed their muscles with a third successive one-two sweep in qualifying for today’s race. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, Vettel’s closest challenger and six points behind the 25-year-old German with four races remaining including today’s, starts fifth at the Buddh International Circuit. “All in all it was a great weekend so far. No problems with the car. The boys have been pushing extremely hard,” grinned Vettel, his title momentum seemingly unstoppable, after beating Webber by 0.044 seconds. “You know the races these days, you know that a lot of things can happen, I don’t think that means a lot,” he cautioned of his advantage over Alonso. Vettel won from pole in the inaugural Indian race last year and looked comfortable again on a hot and hazy afternoon at the track south of Delhi, chalking up his fifth pole of the season and 35th of his career. The double champion completed just 13 laps to Alonso’s 21 and Hamilton’s 23 and, unless some misfortune halts him in his tracks, can be expected to run away with a fourth successive win today. He was joined on the front row by Australian team mate Mark Webber, who might have snatched pole for the second race in a row but for a mistake on turn three. It was the first time Red Bull have managed a hat-trick of front row sweeps. “On the last corner, I got a little on the Astroturf on the exit and didn’t have the cleanest run to the line, but I’m driving the car,” Webber said. “I was surprised to end up second, to be honest.” TWO BY TWO
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, their championship hopes all but over already, qualified third and fourth respectively with the top three teams lining up in pairs. “We weren’t quick enough to be ahead of these guys. But we can definitely challenge them in the race. Our race pace is just as good as theirs,” Hamilton said. Alonso will line up alongside Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa on the third row. The Spaniard, a double champion like Vettel, refused to be downcast about his place on the grid or concede that his title hopes were ebbing away after he ceded the lead at the previous race in South Korea. “I think it’s more challenging for us now but I remain 100 percent confident that we will fight for this championship and we will win it,” he told reporters in the Ferrari hospitality area. “I still think that we can take some good points tomorrow and hopefully more points than Sebastian and in the next races hopefully be a little bit more competitive. “The first target is to finish in front of them (Red Bull) tomorrow and I think we have chances to do it.” Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen, who is third overall but 48 points adrift of Vettel, qualified seventh for Lotus at a circuit the 2007 champion has yet to race on having been absent for the past two years. Mexican Sergio Perez qualified eighth for Sauber, a boost for Indian-born team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, with Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado ninth for Williams after being fastest in the first phase of qualifying. Narain Karthikeyan, the only Indian in the race, will start on the back row for strugglers HRT. His time was just 0.001 slower than Spanish team mate Pedro de la Rosa, however.
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the third practice session of the Indian F1 Grand Prix. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Busta on board for Enterprise T20 KO tourney
Guyana Beverage Inc. Managing Director Robert Selman hands over the cheque to the club Secretary Jitlall Jowharrilall. Sharing the moment are GBI staff members and Club officials. The Guyana Beverage Inc. has once again given their support to Enterprise Sports Club by sponsoring their Twenty20 knock-out competition which is expected to get cracking from November 4. Among the teams slated to take part in the East Coast Demerara competition are
Enterprise Busta Sports Club, Lusignan, Better Hope, Enmore, Buxton and Ogle. At a simple ceremony last week at the Company’s Head Office at Diamond, East Bank Demerara, Managing Director Robert Selman said his entity is elated to sponsor the tournament since it has been
successful over the years noting that they will maintain support. Selman said that they will look at the possibilities of sponsoring evening games in 2013. Club Secretary Jitlall Jowharrilall expressed appreciation to Selman and the Company for their
commitment and partnership over the years promising that this year’s competition would be successful. Fans on the East Coast were also encouraged to come out in their numbers to support the respective teams when c o m p e t i t i o n g e t s underway.
Late Arteta goal gives Arsenal win over QPR LONDON - (Reuters) - A late Mikel Arteta goal ended some determined resistance from Queens Park Rangers as Arsenal beat the Premier League’s bottom club 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Arteta struck from close range after 84 minutes soon after Rangers’ Stephane Mbia had been sent off. The win halted Arsenal’s
run of two successive defeats to Norwich City in the Premier League and Schalke 04 in the Champions League over the last seven days. Arsenal moved into fourth place while QPR are still without a win in their opening nine league games. Reading and Fulham shared the points in a six-goal thriller at the Madejski Stadium which left the home
Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta (left) scores against Queens Park Rangers during their English Premier League soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London October 27, 2012. REUTERS/ Toby Melville
side still looking for their first win of the season. Dimitar Berbatov looked to have scored Fulham’s winner two minutes from time before Hal Robson-Kanu earned Reading a point. Wigan Athletic beat West Ham United 2-1 with Ivan Ramis and James McArthur scoring for the home side before James Tomkins scored a late
consolation for the Hammers. Aston Villa drew 1-1 with Norwich City at Villa Park where Villa were reduced to 10 men when Joe Bennett was sent off early in the second half. Stoke City and Sunderland dew 0-0. Champions Manchester City edged Swansea City at the Etihad off of a Carlos Tevez strike.