Friday round of Mugello MotoGP

Friday's recap of Mugello MotoGP also covering Moto2, Moto3 and MotoE complete with full combined times and lots of pictures (Author: Gardener)

Mugello“I'm satisfied with the start of this weekend. It's undoubtedly an important race for us and we know it won't be easy to stay at the top, but I have an excellent RS-GP to work with. Even though Mugello is an old school track where you can overtake, qualifying will still be essential to set up a good race.” “I'm happy with this first day here at Mugello. It's my home Grand Prix, my feeling with the bike is very good and this afternoon we managed to work well in FP2. Tomorrow morning's two sessions are likely to come closest to race conditions, so they will be crucial to clarify the final details. On the other hand, it can rain in qualifying, but I'm sure that I can still be competitive in the wet. The bike works relatively well: in the afternoon we rode on preheated tires which I didn't have a good feeling on, but as soon as I put on the soft tire the feeling improved and I was able to start picking up my pace. I'm positive about tomorrow's qualifying, but we still have to work on the race pace. Racing at Mugello is always a lot of fun and at the moment we have a really competitive package, as shown by the fact that a lot of Ducati bikes were quick today. “Definitely a good day 1: we're pretty confident on the time attack, we made a step up in FP2 but I'm still not completely satisfied. We can work on the final sector, the engine braking and the feel of corner entry. “I'm quite happy: both the feel and the pace were there from the start, so we didn't make any major adjustments to the bike. It was really hot out there; I can't remember a day that was as hot as today in Mugello... We had a little more trouble with the tires than expected, but overall I'm happy. We didn't do everything right with our time attack, especially in sector three. At the moment we're in Q2, but I think a lot will improve tomorrow morning. I'm having trouble trusting the front end in the 'Arrabbiata' corners but other than that we're in good shape.” “A beautiful day at the Italian GP, ​​I really enjoyed it: riding here with MotoGP is super cool! We started well this morning, we made a step into FP2 and I'm happy. There are still a few points where I can improve and where I might lose a little too much, but I'm positive about tomorrow. Thanks to the team, they did a great job today and to Vale for coming back to the pits to give us all his support.” “I expected this to be a tough weekend, but in a different way and way. So we need to work on a solution to twist a little tighter. We need to find that little thing we're missing. I feel like we can make a big step and I think it's possible to fight for the front two rows or even the front row.” “It wasn't a great day, we're the fastest Honda but we're pretty far from the top and need to find something more. In the afternoon we worked hard to go faster even if the conditions made it quite difficult and we made some progress. Everyone in the team is working very hard to fix the issues and tomorrow's conditions could change the situation a lot. At the moment we are between the medium and the hard, everyone has different strengths and we need to understand what is best.” “In Free Practice 1 I went out and I could see I was struggling a lot so I focused focus more on finding the right line and understanding our limitations. Then in the afternoon, during FP2, we were able to take a step and push harder. Let's see what happens tomorrow, we still have to take a step but at the moment we are quite far from the top. We're having a hard time turning and driving here, but we'll see. Conditions are subject to change and a lot can still happen. We need to understand the bike balance for tomorrow and try to work on a few other things.” This morning FP1 was pretty good but this afternoon as the track temperature rose we struggled with lack of rear grip and the bike was unstable – so it was pretty tough overall. We'll try to improve the feel of the bike in FP3 in the morning and we definitely have good potential in the cooler conditions. We'll try to set a good lap time and make it into Q2.” “Today was pretty good because I had a good feeling with the bike and my pace was good from the morning. I just missed out on the top 10 which is a shame but I'll try to keep pushing tomorrow and I'm hoping for a few clean and fast laps without any mistakes.” I took it easy this morning to understand where I stand in terms of performance: and wow! Jokes aside, we struggled early in the day especially on corners as the bike was moving a lot. We improved in the afternoon but there is still a lot to do as this is a key area at this track.” “We worked really hard today. The aim was to test as many solutions as possible in order to then analyze the data and select the best technical package for qualifying. We now have to remain calm and work meticulously. “First day here in Mugello and I'm very happy with the steps we made today. We started the morning with a good feeling and pace, which is good at Mugello because it's always a track where you have to start with energy. In the afternoon we expected to struggle more with the rear of the bike in the hotter conditions, we had already seen that at Le Mans with the power and consistency of the rear. So that's what we have to focus on tomorrow, luckily it's looking colder on Sunday. We really need to focus on improving the bike in hot conditions and taking a step forward tomorrow.” I struggle quite often on a Friday, it's usually the day I struggle the most. But I have a great team behind me and I know they will find a solution and help me improve tomorrow. We need to find a way for me to stop the bike better and I'll try to take a step forward for FP3 and qualifying. I've been competitive here before so I'm confident.” I took to the track wearing different colors, those of Racing, and debuted what I would call PanigalMotoGP. I can't be particularly happy with what we did in free practice because after this morning's session, where we were fast, we had some difficulties in the afternoon. We still have to work well on the bike to correct the details that will allow me to be more effective tomorrow. The pace is still far from the top, but closer as we are in time attack. When I did the time attack it was much more difficult for me to drive well. I have to concentrate better and drive better tomorrow. I hope it's dry tomorrow so we can have a normal day.” “Overall today was a difficult Friday but we tried something that could help us. The gap to the front is still big, but we'll see if we can improve a little, also by comparing our data with that of the other Yamaha riders. “It was a hot day here in Mugello today. I really enjoyed riding the long straight on a MotoGP bike at full speed, it was definitely the fun part of the day. We're working hard to find solutions and we'll keep pushing tomorrow.” “It's really cool to be able to ride around Mugello on the MotoGP bike. It's such a crazy track, the straight is super fast. I really enjoyed driving here today. I got off to a pretty decent start this morning and I feel like I made a step in FP2 because I was a lot closer to the other guys. I have a pretty good feeling about the end of this Friday now. I know which direction we need to work in tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to getting FP3 going and just continuing to improve and keep having fun racing here at Mugello.” “During Free Practice 1 I had some issues with my hand which prevented me from riding the way I would like. If I use the soft tires to try to gain 1 second and go faster, I can't and end up doing similar times to medium tires. That's an issue we really need to focus on so I can hope to be closer to the front drivers. That being said, the straight at this track is incredible with over 300km/h and the start of the bike. With a MotoGP engine it feels so small.” It still needs work to make it work better. So I wasn't focused on time attack or sheer speed, but I'm delighted to be here in Mugello and to see Aleix competitive again.” Less than half a tenth decided Day 1 in a searing Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley over the top spot, with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) narrowly edged out local hero Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) as the two split Friday by just 0.049. Third place went to Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team), with Aprilia and Espargaro the only in attendance able to break a Ducati stranglehold on the top six as the two Italian factories battled on Friday. Behind the top six of an Aprilia leading five Ducatis, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Brad Binder was the only other non-Ducati rider in the top eight, the South African finishing seventh with a 1'46.439 . Rookie Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) impressed again in P8 while Championship leader Quartararo was ninth. With forecasts of possible rain on Saturday at Mugello, eyes will be on the sky overnight as Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) waits in 11th and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) in 12th. Rins and fellow Suzuki rider Joan Mir also both have work to do if they want to make Q2... Jake Dixon is in the box seat to get into Q2 at the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley after the Inde GASGAS Aspar Team rider the fastest was in Moto2 on the opening day of the action. While he couldn't improve in FP2 from his 1'51.966 from earlier on Friday at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, the mercury rose well into the 30s and few drivers went faster in the afternoon. Niccolo Antonelli (Monney VR46 Racing Team) completes the top ten overall after a big jump up. Day 1 at the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley saw Dennis Foggia (Leopard Racing) take on Jaume Masia (Red Bull KTM Ajo), with the former setting the benchmark in FP1, a time not beaten and Masia leading FP2 to the end Second overall for the day. Third was another FP1 lap by John McPhee (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team), the Brit completing Friday's top three. Championship leader Sergio Garcia (Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team) was seventh at the end of the afternoon with a 1'57.921 1st place, and the combined top 10 is rounded out by Bertelle with a 1:58.004 ahead of Riccardo Rossi (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Andrea Migno (Rivacold Sniper Team). Joel Kelso finished the first day of practice just inside the top 20. Two weeks ago he took the lead in the World Cup with a win in the second race at Le Mans and now has pole position for the two races at the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, who also set the pace for both training sessions. Alongside the Swiss rider on the front row in Italy will be two local heroes, with Kevin Zannoni (Ongetta Sic58 Squadracorse) qualifying second fastest and Mattia Casadei (Pons Racing 40) third, the latter making a clean front row start in 2022. From there it's been Le Mans podium finisher Niccolo Canepa (WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team) in seventh and Miquel Pons (LCR E-Team) in P8, but the Spaniard's best lap was abandoned after it was discovered that he has low tire pressures. Andrea Mantovani (WithU GRT RNF MotoE Team) therefore moves up, Alcoba in 10th.


Piers Morgan slammed for 'creepy' comments as Amanda Holden poses NAKED

Amanda Holden has posed nude on Instagram as she gives away £1million on her Heart FM breakfast show. Read more here (Author: Gardener)

Amanda HoldenAmanda Holden has posed nude on Instagram as she celebrated giving away £1million on her Heart FM breakfast show. And to celebrate, Amanda stripped off her gear! Ahead of the final, Amanda posed for pictures wearing nothing but white faux fur and more than 1,000 diamonds worth £1million. She shared the picture and a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram, and fans queued to comment. READ ALSO: Amanda Holden Under Fire As BGT Fans All File Same Complaint While most were speechless at the post, one person wasn't. And that person was Amanda's old pal Piers Morgan. He posted three flame emojis and then said, " [Crying with laughing face]." While he might not have commented on Amanda's naked body, some fans seemed to think he was. And as a result, they seemed a little maddened by Piers' comments. "That was pretty scary, wasn't it?" another posted. The rest of Amanda's fans filled the comments section with the flame emoji. READ ALSO: Netflix Fans Convinced The Cast Of 365 Days Is Having Real Sex "You look amazing Amanda," said another. Amanda shared details of her nude photoshoot and said her bling was always accompanied by a security guard. "A security guard was hovering nearby and they went after that picture with the ring and necklace within 10 minutes," she laughed. One fan quipped: "They dumped you when you were naked?


Amanda Holden and Ashley Roberts are leaving Heart Radio

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda, 51, cut a typically stylish figure for the outing as she donned a red long-sleeved sequined top with feathered cuffs. (Author: Gardener)

Amanda HoldenAmanda Holden and Ashley Roberts both looked incredible as they left Heart Radio after hosting their morning breakfast show on Friday. Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda, 51, cut a typically stylish figure for the outing as she donned a red long-sleeved sequined top with feathered cuffs. The presenter also opted for a pair of burgundy velvet trousers while cinching her waist with a matching belt. Amanda added height to her body with a pair of black heels and complemented her look with silver earrings. The star let her blonde tresses fall loosely over her shoulders and completed her outfit with a pair of sunglasses. The Pussycat Dolls singer presented leggy in a pair of black leather boots while also carrying a matching handbag. The singer styled her tresses in an updo and completed her outfit with a pair of sunglasses. During Friday's episode of Heart Breakfast, radio listener Paul Clymer was crowned Britain's newest millionaire live on air. The father of four from Kent won a life-changing £1,000,000 in the dramatic live final of Heart's Make Me A Millionaire, the biggest game on British radio, now in its third year. After his win, Paul said: “I came here for the experience, not thinking I was going to win. Paul is planning to take a holiday before he buys his currently rented family home in Kent or maybe somewhere abroad but for now they are taking time to think about it. Amanda added, "Heart's Make Me A Millionaire has captivated the nation for the past 15 weeks, culminating in the most spectacular grand finale at Heart Breakfast this morning. “Of course there can only be one winner and everyone at Heart is over the moon for Paul and his family. It was an honor to be a part of this life changing moment.”


Amanda Holden bares it all as she prepares for a special announcement

Amanda Holden is preparing for an amazing announcement, sharing the news that she posed nude and was only covered in a shag blanket (Author: Gardener)

Amanda HoldenAmanda Holden is known for her daring fashion and she proved it on Thursday when she posted a bold look as she resembled a classic Bond girl. WOW: Amanda Holden's lifelike £5,000 playhouse for daughters will blow your mind. The Heart Radio presenter posed completely nude, covering up in just a shaggy blanket and diamond necklace, as she revealed she was preparing for a stunning announcement regarding her radio show. In her caption, she explained: "So proud to be involved on the biggest day of the year for @thisisheart with the biggest award on UK radio." She then joked, "To celebrate I'm wearing over 1000 diamonds worth 1 million pounds! Heart listeners win tons of cash prizes during #HeartMakeMeAMillionnaire. "Tomorrow - Friday May 27th - one very lucky listener is going to be a MILLIONAIRE live on air!" And for any fans who were worried about the material she was wearing, Amanda then revealed, "Please come on off 6:30 a.m. to us. It could be radio but you can also watch live by downloading @globalplayer. Her post fueled her legions of fervent fans, with close friend Piers Morgan saying, "," and another gushed, "Holy shiii - you're stunning ma'am." A third joked, "I hope fur didn't tickle too much." while a fourth added, "OMG natural beauty." Many more hearts and flame emojis posted above the photo. Amanda always knows what to do when it comes to her fashion and last week she showed off her gym-toned legs in a super-chic textured skort with rhinestone buttons. Amanda is known for striking looks. WOW: Amanda Holden enjoys the sun in a beautiful bikini photo. Do you like this story? Email newsletters to get more stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.


Amanda Holden and Ashley Roberts look chic as they leave Heart FM

The blonde beauties, 50 and 41, looked sensational as they left Heart FM Studios in London on Thursday morning. (Author: Gardener)

Amanda HoldenAnd Amanda Holden, 51, and Ashley Roberts, 40, didn't disappoint as they left Heart FM Studios in London on Thursday morning looking typically chic. Britain's Got Talent host Amanda looked sensational in a fitted neon green Karen Millen dress with a thigh-high slit that revealed her gorgeous legs. Amanda strutted around the capital's Leicester Square in a pair of pointed silver heels with plastic trims. The I Can Hear Your Voice judge let her luscious locks fall loosely to her shoulders and shielded her eyes behind chic cat-eye sunglasses. Amanda was holding a copy of Ant & Dec's latest book after they were guests on their radio show earlier this morning. The former Cutting It actress gave her 1.8million Instagram followers a closer look at her stylish look and snapped a snap with the hosts of her BGT. Singer Ashley looked just as gorgeous in a black pinafore dress by Forever Unique that showed off her toned legs. The slim bustier emphasized the star's fantastic figure when she chose to wear it over a statement pink Serena Bute shirt. The star carried her belongings in a small chic leather bag and shielded her eyes from the May weather behind square-rimmed sunglasses. Ashley wore her blonde locks back in a low ponytail while loose strands framed her beautiful face. Using a glamorous makeup palette, the radio host added a little extra height with a pair of black patent heels. The blonde beauty later shared a hilarious snap to her Instagram Stories as she posed in wild positions in front of a floor-length mirror. Later, Britain's Kate Garraway was seen by Good Morning leaving the building after her presenting duties at Smooth Radio. Kate cut a casual figure in a white blouse with a ruffle detail, which she wore with flared slate jeans. The star let her blonde tresses fall in a relaxed bob and wore minimal makeup to show off her youthful complexion.


Amanda Holden, 51, flaunts a tiny frame and timeless figure in a low-cut dress

Britain's Got Talent favorite Amanda Holden has shown off her incredible figure while donning a tight lime green dress. The star showed off her pins and was fresh in no time (Author: Gardener)

Amanda HoldenAmanda Holden, 51, flaunts her tiny physique and timeless figure in a fitted cutout dress Britain's Got Talent favorite Amanda Holden has shown off her incredible figure while donning a fitted lime green dress. Get the best of celebrity gossip with the Daily Star Showbiz newsletterSomething went wrong, please try again later. Thank you for subscribing!We have more newslettersShow meAmanda Holden showed off her tiny frame and endless needles in a gorgeous lime green midi dress. At Heart Breakfast Studios, the radio presenter and Britain's Got Talent jury member once again flaunted her incredible figure before presenting her daily show. The 51-year-old mother of two and successful TV businesswoman showed off her outfit of the day, looking stunning in a neon bodycon dress. Amanda had one hand on her hip and one leg in front of the other as she pulled up a storm for the camera and gave her outfit details to her loyal legion of followers. Looking completely ageless, Amanda showed off her amazing figure in a lime green dress. Karen Millen as designer label of the dress Skin color and light hair. The lime green mid-length pencil dress features a daring V-neckline and alluring cut-out detailing at the front, just below the sternum. Amanda often shows off her outfits to her legion of fans. With studs on the sleeves and a slit on the skirt that runs up the leg, this dress lengthened her legs and helped Amanda achieve her ultra-long-legged portrayal. Amanda's lime green Karen Millen dress costs £199 and is described as sophisticated and seductive on the website. Amanda and Alan are set to star in a new BBC series together. For more Daily Star showbiz news, sign up for one of our newsletters here.


QS) CFO sells $546,625.85 in stock

Read QuantumScape Co. (NYSE:QS) CFO sells $546,625.85 in shares at ETF Daily News (Author: Gardener)

Read QuantumScape Co.(NYSE:QS - Get Rating) CFO Kevin Hettrich sold 46,285 shares of the stock in one transaction on Tuesday, May 17. Following the completion of the sale, the Chief Financial Officer now owns 542,074 shares of the Company, valued at approximately $6,401,893.94. Kevin Hettrich also recently made the following trades: * On Monday, April 4th, Kevin Hettrich sold 46,285 shares of QuantumScape. * On Wednesday, March 9th, Kevin Hettrich sold 46,285 shares of QuantumScape. The stock sold at an average price of $15.81 for a total value of $731,765.85. The stock sold at an average price of $15.81 for a total value of $731,765.85. The stock sold at an average price of $15.81 for a total value of $731,765.85. 8,443,144 shares of the company were traded compared to an average volume of 8,167,750. The company has a market cap of $5.29 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -19.94 and a beta of 7.90. The company has a debt to equity ratio of 0.03, a quick ratio of 48.57 and a current ratio of 48.57. QuantumScape (NYSE:QS - Get Rating) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 26th. The company reported earnings per share of ($0.21) for the quarter, missing analyst consensus estimates of ($0.17) by ($0.04). In the same quarter last year, the company made ($0.12) earnings per share. As a group, research analysts are forecasting that QuantumScape Co. will post -0.85 EPS for the year to date. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group began reporting on QuantumScape in a research note on Tuesday, March 29. They issued a "neutral" rating and a price target of $20.00 on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered its price target on QuantumScape to $27.00 from $40.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 22. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft began reporting on QuantumScape in a research note on Tuesday, April 12. They placed a “hold” rating and a price target of $20.00 on the stock. Morgan Stanley lowered its price target on QuantumScape to $30.00 from $40.00 and gave the stock an "equal weight" rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 23. Finally, on Wednesday, March 27th, Zacks Investment Research QuantumScape gave the stock a hold rating. Six equities analysts gave it a hold rating. Based on data from, the stock has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $23.33. Deutsche Bank AG increased its stake in QuantumScape by 100.6% in the third quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 2,823 shares of the company, valued at $69,000, after purchasing an additional 1,416 shares last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in QuantumScape by 67.3% in the third quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 19,628 shares of the company's stock valued at $482,000 after purchasing an additional 7,893 shares last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in QuantumScape by 47.1% in the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,827,223 shares of the company's stock valued at $192,078,000 after purchasing an additional 2,506,500 shares last quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc acquired a new interest in QuantumScape valued at approximately $397,000 during the third quarter. P. increased its stake in QuantumScape by 34.1% in the third quarter. Alliance Bernstein L.P. now owns 77,275 shares of the company's shares valued at $1,896,000 after purchasing an additional 19,655 shares last quarter. 25.68% of the shares are currently held by institutional investors.


Labor MP shares somber assessment of what happened to Britain at Boris Johnson's hands

"Our country deserves better and we won't get better until Boris Johnson is gone," said Peter Kyle. (Author: Gardener)

BritainLabor MP Peter Kyle did not hold back as he criticized the government during BBC Question Time (Photo: BBC Question Time/Getty) Labor MP Peter Kyle offered a sharp take on the issue when he appeared in the UK on Thursday night what happened to Britain led by Boris Johnson BBC Question Time. As Northern Ireland's shadow minister, Kyle in a minute-and-a-half speech attacked the Prime Minister for his handling of Partygate, the economy and the Northern Ireland Protocol. Kyle said, “A leader's first and only duty is to ensure that the culture as a whole is right and that the culture is delivering the results it needs to get there. He claimed the publication of the Sue Gray Report - the internal inquiry into Downing Street parties that took place during lockdown - proved Johnson was "lying, he's reckless and incompetent". The official blamed the "senior leadership" at the top of the government for the serial breach of Covid rules and Johnson said he took full responsibility for everything that happened - although he allegedly didn't realize how out of control these were Parties during a death turned pandemic. Kyle continued: "The reason this is so important is, when we look now at how our country is being run, the fact that our international reputation is being shredded, the fact that the protocol is not delivering and the negotiations are not The Northern Ireland Protocol, which the Prime Minister negotiated back in 2019, has resulted in a stalemate in Stormont this month. Unionists are refusing to sit in devolved government until Johnson steps in to prevent the country from feeling so disconnected from the rest of the UK. Kyle then pointed out: "There are almost seven million people waiting for treatment in the NHS, no more than here in Northern Ireland. He claimed this is all because of the person running the country. "So what we're seeing in the Sue Gray report, what we now know for certain, is actually having a massive impact on the behavior and functioning of our country's leader," Kyle said. "Our country deserves better and we won't get better until Boris Johnson is gone." The clip also surfaced hours after former Tory lead candidate Rory Stewart shredded the Prime Minister and his government on ITV's Good Morning Britain. Referring to the Treasury's new measures to ease the cost of living crisis (announced the day after the Gray report was published), Stewart suggested Downing Street was struggling. “The whole of Downing Street revolves around one thing, which is the Prime Minister's survival. "They sacrifice everything, the country, the party, their careers, to try and let that monstrous ego float around in No. 10." He said Johnson's ability to downplay mistakes makes you feel like a "damaged one." partners” but that these problems “pile up to make our country feel like Berlusconi's Italy”.


The £400 rebate on energy bills starts in October

Here is a breakdown of the cost of living (Author: Gardener)

400Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves 11 Downing Street as he heads to the House of Commons in London to make his Spring Declaration. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves 11 Downing Street as he heads to the House of Commons in London to make his Spring Declaration. Boris Johnson has announced a "big bazooka" living expenses package - and suggested Brits be tied down until next spring. After weeks of calls for more action, the Prime Minister sent his Chancellor Rishi Sunak to announce £15billion in support, a move he claims was not meant to distract from Partygate. Neither Downing Street nor the Treasury need to rule out further aid later as energy bills are expected to hit £2,800 a year in October. But Boris Johnson said: "We have to make it absolutely clear to people that it will be difficult and that the government cannot solve every problem." Most do not expect that until spring. Read more: Cornwall businessman urges second home owners to donate energy refunds Resolution Foundation's Mike Brewer said it was "a bold and well-targeted support package" but "households will still be under pressure in the year ahead". As of April, people in England in council tax bands A to D should have received a £150 rebate from their council tax. On July 6 the limit of what you can earn before paying Social Security will rise from £9,880 to £12,570 a year. It will exempt some of the low earners from paying the tax and save those who still pay £330 a year. First, National Insurance rose from 12% to 13.25% in April thanks to – you guessed it – Rishi Sunak. If you add the tax AND threshold increases together, only those earning less than £37,000 will be better off than they were before April. And they may not feel like celebrating - £30,000 earners are only £53 a year better off. Secondly, if you work but are on Universal Credit you will feel less help as for every pound you earn 55p in benefits will be 'tapered'. Models suggest a single parent will gain £16,000 and UC £27 a month from the threshold change, but £15 of that will be cut in Universal Credit. 8.3 million UK claimants of Universal Credit, Tax Credits, Pension Credit and Legacy Benefits will receive two payments of £325 each. If you take advantage of any of these benefits other than tax credits, your first payment will be in your bank account “from” July. The exact payment date is not yet confirmed and will likely depend on when you receive Universal Credit later in the month. Eligible beneficiaries must consume these benefits no later than May 25, 2022 to be eligible for the first of the two payments. The £650 is tax-free, does not count towards the benefit cap and has no impact on existing incentive awards. Those with tax credits will also receive two payments of £325. But theirs will take longer to arrive because they are managed by HMRC, not the DWP. It is understood that these are due in late summer or early autumn for the first payment and by Christmas for the second payment. £150 will go into the bank accounts of 6 million people for the following disability benefits: People must claim or apply (successfully later) for these benefits by 25 May. They are provided directly, are tax-exempt, do not count towards the benefit ceiling and have no impact on existing benefit commitments. The timing is yet to be determined as the DWP has yet to pass the necessary legislation to pay out the money. As we have explained, the one-off payment of £650 for beneficiaries goes into bank accounts in two lump sums of £325. There's no date yet for the second lump sum, but the government says it will arrive in the fall for those on Universal Credit, Pension Credit and most legacy debt. Again, those with tax credits will have to wait longer — the only guarantee is they'll get them by the end of the year. A £200 'buy now, pay later' rebate on all Brits' electricity bills from October 1 - which had to be paid back over five years - has been scrapped. Instead, all households will receive £400 off their electricity bills as a non-repayable subsidy from October. You will not receive the £400 credited to your account all at once. This occurs over a six month period from October to March. So if you pay by monthly direct debit, you might get £66.67 a month off your bill. It's a direct discount on your bills, not cash to spend. That means you'll likely find that your monthly bills are still higher than they were at the same time last year. Customers with prepayment meters will have the money credited to their meter or via a voucher. Retiree households receiving a winter fuel payment in November or December will receive a one-off pension payment of £300. Those payments, worth £2.5bn, will be paid alongside the winter fuel payment, which is worth between £100 and £300 for pensioners. In most pensioner households, payment is made by direct debit. Eligible are those aged 66 or older by September 19, although some retirees do not qualify for the winter fuel payment. Even if benefits and pensions are not being increased permanently now, as many have been calling for, there will be a substantial increase next year. The April 2022 increase was a meager 3.1%, below inflation as it was based on the September 2021 CPI figure. But in April 2023, the increase could be 10% above inflation. Rishi Sunak said he would stick to the plan pending review by the Labor and Pensions Minister. He said: "According to current projections, it is likely to be significantly higher than the projected inflation rate for next year." Mr Sunak also said the triple lockdown will return to the state pension - to ensure it increases by inflation, wages or 2.5%, whichever is highest. As a result, pensions should also rise by around 10%. Get the best stories about the things you love most, curated by us and delivered to your inbox every day.


Lewis Hamilton struggles while Charles Leclerc comes back in Monaco

Leclerc edged out Carlos Sainz in the other scarlet car by just 0.044s while the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and championship leader Max Verstappen finished third and fourth. (Author: Gardener)

Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton was just 12th in second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix while home favorite Charles Leclerc put in an impressive double practice session. Leclerc edged out Carlos Sainz in the other scarlet car by just 0.044s while the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and championship leader Max Verstappen finished third and fourth. Hamilton's revival in Barcelona a week ago could be short-lived after a disturbing day in which he was rocked in his bouncing Mercedes. Hamilton was 1.6 seconds behind Leclerc. Hamilton had complained earlier in the day about the porpoises on his choppy machine. At first, the 37-year-old said, "It's so bouncy out here mate." He later added, "I need elbow pads in that cockpit because it's so bouncy." Mercedes felt like most of the porpoise was eliminated too have struggles that have plagued their season so far so Hamilton's frustration will be a major cause for concern as they attempt to get their campaign back on track. ' Hamilton said. “Our car bounces a lot. It's a different jump than what we've experienced in the past, it's at low speed and the bumps in the track make it worse. “I fight with the car and doing a lap together is like holy crap. I don't remember ever having experienced anything like that before.” We'll have to work overnight to fix that and – as expected – we're not as quick as the Ferraris and Red Bulls. It feels like the car has potential to be up there but there are all these things that are holding us back at the moment - but we're not going to stop fighting almost a second behind his more famous teammate. Daniel Ricciardo's motley McLaren career took another turn for the worse in the pool chicane. Ricciardo's team-mate Lando Norris was withdrawn from his media engagements on Friday as he battles tonsillitis. The 22-year-old had been unwell since last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix and admitted he was having trouble sleeping, but Norris poked fun at his illness and ended the day in fifth place, six tenths adrift.