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Carlos Sainz secures maiden F1 win at British GP as Zhou Guanyu survives dramatic crash

Carlos Sainz secured his first Formula One victory during a dramatic British Grand Prix on Sunday, in which Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu survived a bad crash on the first lap. (Author: Gardener)

Carlos SainzCarlos Sainz clinched his first Formula One win on Sunday during a dramatic British Grand Prix that saw Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu survive a bad crash on the first lap. The race had to be restarted after Zhou's car flipped upside down and struck a fence that had been cut down shortly after the start. It caused a long delay, but the driver was finally declared fit after an examination at the medical center. After the race restarted, Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez suffered damage to their cars and fell down the pecking order, allowing Ferrari's Sainz and Charles Leclerc to establish a strong lead. But a safety car ten laps from the end allowed Perez to re-establish contact and both he and Lewis Hamilton passed Leclerc in a thrilling end to the race to secure second and third places respectively. Sainz, who had also overtaken his team-mate after the safety car, had trouble holding back his emotions after crossing the finish line. "I don't know what to say, it was amazing," said an emotional Sainz after the race. "It wasn't easy, I had a lot of balance problems [...] but despite everything I kept my faith." Sainz crosses the finish line first and wins the British Grand Prix. There was plenty of excitement leading up to the race with a plethora of world stars lining the grid ahead of the start. Shortly after the start of the race, however, that excitement turned to nervousness after the big collision ended the first lap. Footage showed Zhou's Alfa Romeo being turned upside down in a dramatic incident also involving George Russell and Pierre Gasly. Zhou's car skidded headfirst across the track and then rolled over the tire barrier before crashing into the fence. During a nervous wait for news, medics attended to the Chinese driver and he was eventually carried to an ambulance after avoiding serious injury. Thank you everyone for your kind messages," Zhou tweeted after the crash. Williams Racing driver Alex Albon, who was involved in another accident as a result of the incident, was taken to Coventry Hospital for a precautionary check-up. After a long wait, the race started again with a standing start on the original grid positions - even though Verstappen overtook Sainz on the first start and Hamilton initially jumped from fifth to third place. Zhou Guanyu's car escaped serious injury after his car was turned upside down. The Ferrari and Red Bull cars battled for the top four, with Perez damaging his car and falling back into the field after a forced pit stop. Sainz initially did well to stop Verstappen but the Red Bull driver soon overtook and extended a familiar lead. After a pit stop and with his performance impaired, his race was practically over, to the delight of some at Silverstone who had taunted the driver over the weekend. When it looked like the two Ferraris were going to be flawless, the safety car squeezed the field back together allowing Perez and Hamilton to fight their way onto the podium. Sainz is hoping to follow up his first win in the sport with another in Austria next week.

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Ferrari's Carlos Sainz clinches first F1 win ahead of Pérez in dramatic British GP

Red Bull's Sergio Pérez was second and Lewis Hamilton third, while Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu avoided serious injury after a horrific crash at the start (Author: Gardener)

FerrariA first Formula One victory is unforgettable and Carlos Sainz will no doubt live to see his victory in a thrilling and dramatic British Grand Prix long into his old age. But this was also a race that will long live on for all who witnessed what is ranked as a classic of modern racing, hailed as "Formula 1 at its finest" by Lewis Hamilton, who claimed an immense, lively third place behind Red Bull secured Sergio Pérez in second place. After China's Guanyu Zhou made a remarkable escape from a massive accident in which the Halo cockpit protection device almost certainly saved his life, the record crowd of 142,000 spectators at Silverstone saw an absolutely bravura climax as the top 4 wheel to wheel in an all-out battle for the flag. Ferrari's Sainz only prevailed after a tough, unpredictable battle to seal his first victory in his 150th meeting. He becomes only the second Spaniard, alongside Fernando Alonso, to win an F1 race. Behind him, Pérez secured an unlikely second place, having meanwhile dropped to 16th, and Hamilton delivered one of his most determined performances to finish third, equaling his best result of the season. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was fourth, with Alpine's Alonso fifth. He now leads Pérez with 34 points and Leclerc with 43 points in the title fight. The old airfield with its fast, sweeping corners so popular with the drivers is a crucial enabler for them to race and this year they competed with each other with absolute abandon and there were periods when the race was in limbo , the winner was unknown. A mighty fight ensued, Hamilton acknowledged. "It was very reminiscent of the karting days, I think this is Formula 1 at its finest," he said. “Being able to follow and roll round after round like this is a testament to the direction we're in now. I was just grateful to be in the fight because I haven't fought that fight in a while.” The crowd roared their approval and for a time even dared to dream that Hamilton could pull off a win against all odds. Before that, though, there was the salutary reminder of the risks these gladiators are taking on Zhou's turn one crash on the first lap. The circuit fell silent as the race was immediately abandoned and the slow process of extricating him from his wrecked car began. In the restart, which was frenetic, Sainz, who had initially been passed by Verstappen, was much bolder and more aggressive, edging out the Dutchman while the front six riders went wheel to wheel on the opening lap. It set the tone, but Pérez had to pit early to get a new nose after sustaining damage in a clash with Leclerc, seemingly relegating him to the bottom places. Verstappen stayed with Sainz, who was pushed into an unforced error on Chapel's exit, and let the Dutchman take the lead on lap 10. Another cruise to the flag surely threatened the world champion? Verstappen slowed because he thought he had a puncture and had to pit. He retired but reported he still had an issue and the team said he lost rear bodywork and grip rather than a puncture and was unable to match the pace of the leaders. During the pit stops a bitter battle remained ahead, Leclerc's Sainz from Hamilton and with Ferrari, aware of the threat the Mercedes driver posed, Leclerc and Sainz alternated, with the Monegasque driver enjoying better balance and faster pace. The safety car was then called when Esteban Ocon pulled up on track and Sainz and Hamilton both pitted to take out the soft tire for a late attack. It was a pivotal moment when Ferrari decided to sidestep Leclerc to maintain track position. He left him on used hard tires in the final laps and set up a grandstand finish. With ten laps to go the sprint began and Leclerc and Sainz went wheel-to-wheel with the Spaniard taking the lead at Brooklands while Hamilton was passed by Pérez, who had slid seamlessly and almost unnoticed through the field as the pair competed furiously. Pérez then attacked Leclerc and Hamilton brilliantly ducked inside the pair on the final corner but couldn't hold the place when they came back at him at Village and he dropped back to fourth again. Pérez eventually put down a solid pass to Leclerc, whose tires couldn't keep up, and Hamilton looked to be next. The pair endured a thrilling head-to-head race through corner after corner until Hamilton finally made it through Stowe. "They were epic last laps," said Pérez. "Reminded me of the junior series when we're all racing and having a great time." It was epic and entertaining, describing exactly what was without a doubt the race of the year, one that will long be remembered.

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Sainz wins 1st career F1 race with British GP victory

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) -- Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first career Formula One race at... (Author: Gardener)

SainzFerrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain celebrates after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain celebrates after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steers his car during the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Track workers remove the car of Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou of China after a crash at the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit, in Silverstone, England, Sunday , 3rd July, 2022. Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou of China crashes during the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou falls from China b a at the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix a at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car followed by Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone , England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain, foreground, and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco steer their cars during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain receives a pit service during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the circuit of Silverstone in Silverstone, England, Sunday July 3, 2022. SILVERSTONE, England (AP) - Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first Formula One race of his career on Sunday with a win at the British Grand Prix - the so far r most dramatic race of this season. It started with a scary crash on the first lap and ended in intense wheel-to-wheel battles for the podium places. Sainz was in the lead with Charles Leclerc close behind and while Ferrari initially said they were "free to fight", the Italian team then asked Sainz to let Leclerc pass in order not to lose time against Lewis Hamilton. But a safety car came out and Ferrari brought Sainz into the pits for fresher, grippier soft tyres. Leclerc stayed on older, hard tires and Sainz soon passed his team-mate to regain the lead and take his first win in his 150th F1 start. "Today the victory feels a bit like a relief," said Sainz. "Honestly, I never stopped believing that dream would come true, even though this year was tough for me." He had finished second or third 11 times before winning and was frustratingly close behind at the final race in Canada Verstappen second. Sergio Pérez passed Hamilton and Leclerc after the restart to finish second behind Sainz. Hamilton was briefly second after passing both Pérez and Leclerc in a three-way, but he couldn't hold the position and fell back to fourth. Hamilton then stormed past Leclerc in a tough battle for third. He was also leading on Sunday for the first time this season. “I gave it my all,” said Hamilton, who finished third in Canada two weeks ago and was hoping for a comeback from Mercedes. The team hasn't been able to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari for wins this season, but an additional upgrade from the Mercedes ahead of this weekend showed promise. Leclerc was later seen being spoken to privately by Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto. Leclerc said he was "very, very disappointed" with the result and had discussed with Binotto why the team left him on old tyres. Max Verstappen, the defending F1 champion and current championship leader, fell out of the lead with damage to his Red Bull after driving over debris. Pérez said his race was a "great comeback" after falling backwards early in the race after damaging his front wing in the races against Leclerc and Verstappen. The race was almost immediately red flagged when a first turn crash resulted in Zhou and Alex Albon requiring medical attention. Zhou's car rolled upside down and cleared a tire barrier before hitting a fence. Pierre Gasly had bumped George Russell's Mercedes into Zhou's rear wheel and overturned the Chinese driver's Alfa Romeo. As the drivers tried to avoid this crash, Albon was thrown sideways against the pit wall. Russell, who abandoned his car to rush to Zhou's aid, was also unable to restart the race. A group of anti-oil industry protesters ran onto the track after the crash and sat down. After the race, Hamilton signaled his support for the protesters. Mercedes said Hamilton was not fully aware of the circumstances at the time and supported "their right to protest but not the method they have chosen which endangers their safety and that of others". Verstappen had overtaken Sainz on the original start but had to do it all over again when the race was restarted following the multi-car accident involving Zhou. Sainz stayed ahead on the second start but Verstappen took the lead on lap 10 when Sainz lost control and went off the track. Verstappen soon fell behind both Ferraris after reporting possible tire damage from debris. Verstappen said his car was "100% broken" with little grip, comparing it to "driving on ice", but his Red Bull team said it was safe to continue. The Dutch driver is unpopular with some British fans after a bitter rivalry with Hamilton for the title last year when the two crashed at Silverstone. Former champion Nelson Piquet used a racial slur and homophobic language to describe Hamilton, the only black F1 driver, in interviews from last year that drew wider attention this week. Verstappen is dating Piquet's daughter Kelly and has been criticized by fans for saying Piquet is not racist despite using "very abusive" language. Verstappen retains the championship lead but his lead over second-placed Pérez was reduced from 46 to 34 points as Sainz ended a run of six straight Red Bull wins. Leclerc is nine points behind Pérez in third. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso - with 32 race wins the only other Spanish driver besides Sainz to have won in F1 - finished fifth for Alpine in his best result of the season on Sunday. American Team Haas had their first double scoring since 2019 when Kevin Magnussen finished in 10th place.

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Three takeaways from British GP as Carlos Sainz claims exciting maiden F1 victory

Fans at Silverstone watched as the Ferrari driver held on to victory as a three-way battle erupted behind him late in the incident-riddled Grand Prix. (Author: Gardener)

BritishIt started with two massive wrecks that had fans gasping and watching in horror as Zhou Guanyu fell on his head before leaping over the barrier and Alex Albon was hospitalized on the first lap for an entirely separate wreck. Questions about Ferrari's strategy were raised again mid-race when the team told Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz they should go head to head first before the Monegasque would overtake the Spaniard for first. Then a safety car made an already exciting race even more interesting. Esteban Ocon came to a stop in Copse and triggered a safety car. A number of cars crashed into the pits but Leclerc stayed out on his hard tyres. Sainz, Sergio Pérez and Lewis Hamilton came out with fresh tires. Sainz then later overtook his team-mate to drive to his maiden Formula One win as a battle ensued between Leclerc, Pérez and Hamilton, with the latter two finishing second and third respectively. Sainz's former team-mate Lando Norris said: "It's about time Carlos won a race." Fernando Alonso hugged Sainz afterwards as the two are the only Spaniards to have won an F1 race. And for Sainz, who started his 150th F1 race on Sunday, a dream came true. “I had to stay in the race like I was trying and then suddenly the safety car gave me an opportunity to get back in. “You can imagine the nervousness of that safety car restart, knowing it was my chance and making it happen.” The Red Bull driver had a puncture early in the restart from a standing start, and later it turned out that it probably had rear body damage. He once said over the team radio: “The car is 100% broken. Meanwhile, Russell was consistent all season, becoming the only rider to finish inside the top five in every race up until his home grand prix on Sunday. He was involved in Zhou's wreck, but his DNF wasn't due to too much damage to the Mercedes car. With Verstappen out of the race, Sainz soon felt the pressure from his teammate, despite Leclerc having a damaged front wing. Sainz was eventually told the target lap time was one minute and 32.2 seconds and if he couldn't match it "we'll swap cars". He failed and Leclerc was let through while Hamilton raced behind the Ferrari duo. However, Sainz defended the use of team orders. “I gave myself the best chance I could to stay up front by pushing as much as I could, but to a point where I wrecked my front tire so badly that it made perfect sense for Charles to get through and I let it over him as quickly as possible, like the team told me to do,” said Sainz. Today is a good example of us making the race; We had two cars, first and second, before the safety car restart.” On Sunday, just a few races after the pitting snafu at Monaco, the Italian team employed an interesting pit strategy when Ocon pulled over and a safety car Car, a decision Ferrari team boss Mattie Binotto had no hesitation in defending. With 14 laps to go, the pit lane was buzzing as much of the field looked for new tyres. Leclerc, who was leading the race, stayed on his hard tires - the only rider left with them when the rest of the field emerged. Sainz was brought in for softs and Leclerc commented over the radio on how 'tough' it would be chasing cars on soft tires in the closing stages. Leclerc lost the lead to Sainz and was eventually passed by both Hamilton and Pérez, but not without a hell of a fight. Binotto said after the race it was "too close to stop them both" and Leclerc was left out as he had fresher tires and better track position. “And Carlos, if he had stopped and finished second he would have protected at least the first few corners where we knew it would have been a little more difficult to start on the hard. That was the reason we made the decision," said Binotto. "Then we hoped for more tire degradation on the soft tires to give Charles maybe three or four difficult laps initially but then recover later but the soft tires didn't deteriorate like we hoped." Binotto agreed that the team's strategy calls were "right and right every time" and the only possible mistake was Leclerc staying out. But the team boss was quick to praise the 24-year-old's race. The two were spotted chatting after the race and Binotto said Leclerc was "unlucky again". While Leclerc may have been disappointed with how the race went for him, he was quick to urge people to focus on Sainz's maiden F1 win. "I don't want the focus to be on my disappointing race but more on his incredible race win and of course a first win in Formula 1 is always very special. It's great for the team, it's great for Carlos. He's been building more and more confidence in the last few races and today he obviously showed it to be very happy for him.” If we're being honest, Mick Schumacher's Formula 1 career hasn't been an easy one. The 23-year-old hails from the pinnacle of racing and since joining Haas F1 in 2021, the team has driven at the back of the grid. That season, Schumacher missed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and recorded two downtimes in Monaco and Montreal (the latter due to engine problems). But by the time he got to Silverstone he had finished inside the top 15 in five of the six races he had finished. In comparison, last season he finished in the top 15 in just four races and recorded three DNFs in 22 competitions. After a career-best sixth place in F1 qualifying, he faltered during British Grand Prix qualifying and started 19th with his teammate in P17. The pair gradually worked their way up the grid and after a long few years, Haas F1 finally had a double score as Schumacher finished in the top 10 for the first time in his Formula One career. “I am very happy for the whole team to have scored twice today. We deserved it - it wasn't luck - we couldn't have asked for more from P17 and P19 to eighth and tenth," said team boss Günther Steiner in the team announcement. “The cars were fast, the guys did a good job, the pit stops were good so now we need to do a very good qualifying and a very good race and then we'll be back in the game.” The exciting best result of his career for the Germans was not only a close battle with reigning world champion Max Verstappen, but also overtaking a close friend – Sebastian Vettel. The Aston Martin driver said after the race: "I actually yelled in the car, 'Go, Mick!'" Some felt this went against the spirit of single-seater racing, while others feared it would hurt the drivers could cause visibility problems. But over time people started to support cockpit protection and Sunday's Grand Prix showed the importance of the addition after two wrecks in F2 and F1. Formula 2 drivers Roy Nissany and Dennis Hauger were involved in a serious collision earlier on Sunday and the halo arguably saved Nissan's life. But that wasn't the worst incident racing fans would experience at Silverstone. Later on Sunday, F1 drivers lined up on the grid ready to tackle Round 10. The lights went out and Verstappen pushed past Sainz to take the lead. However, disaster soon struck and the race was red flagged. Pierre Gasly was between Russell and Zhou but as the gap started to close the AlphaTauri driver withdrew. The Afla Romeo flipped upside down and slid across the track and gravel before rolling over the barriers. The safety fence in front of the grandstand was what stopped Zhou. Rookie and Williams driver Alex Albon, who was involved in a separate wreck, were both taken to the medical center. While the Williams driver was taken to the hospital for "health checks," Zhou was later discharged from the medical center and tweeted that he was O. Williams later Sunday afternoon said Albon had "been given the all-clear and been discharged from Coventry Hospital." The halo also saved Leclerc from serious injury during the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix and later protected Romain Grosjean in his fiery crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. While Sainz's first win and the halo saving Zhou understandably made some of the headlines of the British Grand Prix, it is worth highlighting why Russell did not finish. The Mercedes driver could be seen looking to the left as Zhou skidded across the track and without hesitation Russell jumped out of his car to run to the Alfa Romeo driver. After rolling over the barrier, Zhou got stuck between the metal fence and tire barriers, a narrow gap with no way out. Russell got back to his car but couldn't quite start the car, but I just wanted to check with my team." He explained that he told the marshals not to move it, but when he got back, "the car was stationary already on the bed and they said we couldn't restart." The 24-year-old said according to motorsport.com that there was no "show-stopping" damage. “So it's very frustrating because the car just went flat.

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Sainz snags exciting maiden F1 win

Fans at Silverstone watched as the Ferrari driver held on to victory as a three-way battle erupted behind him late in the incident-riddled Grand Prix. (Author: Gardener)

SilverstoneFans at Silverstone watched as the Ferrari driver held on to victory as a three-way battle erupted behind him late in the incident-riddled Grand Prix. It started with two massive wrecks that had fans gasping and watching in horror as Zhou Guanyu fell on his head before leaping over the barrier and Alex Albon was hospitalized on the first lap for an entirely separate wreck. Questions about Ferrari's strategy were raised again mid-race when the team told Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz they should go head to head first before the Monegasque would overtake the Spaniard for first. Then a safety car made an already exciting race even more interesting. Esteban Ocon came to a stop in Copse and triggered a safety car. A number of cars crashed into the pits but Leclerc stayed out on his hard tyres. Sainz, Sergio Pérez and Lewis Hamilton showed up with fresh tires. Sainz later overtook his team-mate to drive to his maiden Formula One win when a battle ensued between Leclerc, Pérez and Hamilton, with the latter two finishing second and third respectively. Sainz's former team-mate Lando Norris said: "It's about time Carlos won a race." Fernando Alonso hugged Sainz afterwards as the two are the only Spaniards to have won an F1 race. And for Sainz, who started his 150th F1 race on Sunday, a dream came true. “I had to stay in the race like I was trying and then suddenly the safety car gave me an opportunity to get back in. “You can imagine the nervousness of that safety car restart, knowing it was my chance and making it happen.” The Red Bull driver had a puncture early in the restart from a standing start, and later it turned out that it probably had rear body damage. He once said over the team radio: “The car is 100% broken. Meanwhile, Russell was consistent all season, becoming the only rider to finish inside the top five in every race up until his home grand prix on Sunday. He was involved in Zhou's wreck, but his DNF wasn't due to too much damage to the Mercedes car. With Verstappen out of the race, Sainz soon felt the pressure from his teammate, despite Leclerc having a damaged front wing. Sainz was eventually told the target lap time was one minute and 32.2 seconds and if he couldn't match it "we'll swap cars". He failed and Leclerc was let through while Hamilton raced behind the Ferrari duo. However, Sainz defended the use of team orders. “I gave myself the best chance I could to stay up front by pushing as much as I could, but to a point where I wrecked my front tire so badly that it made perfect sense for Charles to get through and I let it over him as quickly as possible, like the team told me to do,” said Sainz. Today is a good example of us making the race; We had two cars, first and second, before the safety car restart.” On Sunday, just a few races after the pitting snafu at Monaco, the Italian team employed an interesting pit strategy when Ocon pulled over and a safety car Car, a decision Ferrari team boss Mattie Binotto had no hesitation in defending. With 14 laps to go, the pit lane was buzzing as much of the field looked for new tyres. Leclerc, who was leading the race, stayed on his hard tires - the only rider left with them when the rest of the field emerged. Sainz was brought in for softs and Leclerc commented over the radio on how 'tough' it would be chasing cars on soft tires in the closing stages. Leclerc lost the lead to Sainz and was eventually passed by both Hamilton and Pérez, but not without a hell of a fight. Binotto said after the race it was "too close to stop them both" and Leclerc was left out as he had fresher tires and better track position. “And Carlos, if he had stopped and finished second he would have protected at least the first few corners where we knew it would have been a little more difficult to start on the hard. That was the reason we made the decision," said Binotto. "Then we hoped for more tire degradation on the soft tires to give Charles maybe three or four difficult laps initially but then recover later but the soft tires didn't deteriorate like we hoped." Binotto agreed that the team's strategy calls were "right and right every time" and the only possible mistake was Leclerc staying out. But the team boss was quick to praise the 24-year-old's race. The two were spotted chatting after the race and Binotto said Leclerc was "unlucky again". While Leclerc may have been disappointed with how the race went for him, he was quick to urge people to focus on Sainz's maiden F1 win. "I don't want the focus to be on my disappointing race but more on his incredible race win and of course a first win in Formula 1 is always very special. It's great for the team, it's great for Carlos. He's been building more and more confidence in the last few races and today he obviously showed it to be very happy for him.” If we're being honest, Mick Schumacher's Formula 1 career hasn't been an easy one. The 23-year-old hails from the pinnacle of racing and since joining Haas F1 in 2021, the team has driven at the back of the grid. That season, Schumacher missed the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and recorded two downtimes in Monaco and Montreal (the latter due to engine problems). But by the time he got to Silverstone he had finished inside the top 15 in five of the six races he had finished. In comparison, last season he finished in the top 15 in just four races and recorded three DNFs in 22 competitions. After a career-best sixth place in F1 qualifying, he faltered during British Grand Prix qualifying and started 19th with his teammate in P17. The pair gradually worked their way up the grid and after a long few years, Haas F1 finally had a double score as Schumacher finished in the top 10 for the first time in his Formula One career. “I am very happy for the whole team to have scored twice today. We deserved it - it wasn't luck - we couldn't have asked for more from P17 and P19 to eighth and tenth," said team boss Günther Steiner in the team announcement. “The cars were fast, the guys did a good job, the pit stops were good so now we need to do a very good qualifying and a very good race and then we'll be back in the game.” The exciting best result of his career for the Germans was not only a close battle with reigning world champion Max Verstappen, but also overtaking a close friend – Sebastian Vettel. The Aston Martin driver said after the race: "I actually yelled in the car, 'Go, Mick!'" Some felt this went against the spirit of single-seater racing, while others feared it would hurt the drivers could cause visibility problems. But over time people started to support cockpit protection and Sunday's Grand Prix showed the importance of the addition after two wrecks in F2 and F1. Formula 2 drivers Roy Nissany and Dennis Hauger were involved in a serious collision earlier on Sunday and the halo arguably saved Nissan's life. But that wasn't the worst incident racing fans would experience at Silverstone. Later on Sunday, F1 drivers lined up on the grid ready to tackle Round 10. The lights went out and Verstappen pushed past Sainz to take the lead. However, disaster soon struck and the race was red flagged. Pierre Gasly was between Russell and Zhou but as the gap started to close the AlphaTauri driver withdrew. The Afla Romeo flipped upside down and slid across the track and gravel before rolling over the barriers. The safety fence in front of the grandstand was what stopped Zhou. Rookie and Williams driver Alex Albon, who was involved in a separate wreck, were both taken to the medical center. While the Williams driver was taken to the hospital for "health checks," Zhou was later discharged from the medical center and tweeted that he was O. Williams later Sunday afternoon said Albon had "been given the all-clear and been discharged from Coventry Hospital." The halo also saved Leclerc from serious injury during the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix and later protected Romain Grosjean in his fiery crash at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. While Sainz's first win and the halo saving Zhou understandably made some of the headlines of the British Grand Prix, it is worth highlighting why Russell did not finish. The Mercedes driver could be seen looking to the left as Zhou skidded across the track and without hesitation Russell jumped out of his car to run to the Alfa Romeo driver. After rolling over the barrier, Zhou got stuck between the metal fence and tire barriers, a narrow gap with no way out. Russell got back to his car but couldn't quite start the car, but I just wanted to check with my team." He explained that he told the marshals not to move it, but when he got back, "the car was stationary already on the bed and they said we couldn't restart." The 24-year-old said according to motorsport.com that there was no "show-stopping" damage. “So it's very frustrating because the car just went flat.

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Brittney Griner of the WNBA stands before a Russian court

MOSCOW (AP) - American basketball star Brittney Griner was put on trial on Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest for possession of cannabis oil, when she returned to play for a Russian team in a case that was raging amid tense trials Relations between Moscow and Russia has developed Washington. (Author: Gardener)

Brittney GrinerMOSCOW (AP) - American basketball star Brittney Griner was put on trial on Friday, 4 1/2 months after her arrest for possession of cannabis oil, when she returned to play for a Russian team in a case that was raging amid tense trials Relations between Moscow and Russia has developed Washington. The first session of the trial, adjourned until July 7, featured the widest public interaction between Griner and reporters since the Phoenix Mercury Center and the double U. Police said they were carrying vape canisters of cannabis oil when they were inside prison was arrested airport. If convicted of large-scale drug trafficking, she faces up to ten years in prison. The state news agency Tass quoted Griner in court as saying that she understood the allegations against her. At a later date,” according to Mediazona, an independent news site known for its extensive coverage of high-profile court cases. Two witnesses were questioned by prosecutors: an airport customs officer, who spoke in open court, and an unidentified witness in a closed session. according to the state news agency RIA-Novosti. The trial was then adjourned, it said, when two other witnesses failed to appear. Alexander Boykov, a lawyer for Griner, said outside the court that he did not want to comment "on the details of the case and the charges against him" because it was too early. Boykov also told RIA-Novosti that she does sports and goes for walks in the detention area. Russian website Business FM said Griner, who sometimes smiled at reporters, said she wishes she could exercise more and that she struggles because she doesn't understand Russian. Alongside Mercury of the WNBA, she played in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg. S. Embassy in Moscow, was in court and said she spoke to Griner, who is "doing as well as can be expected in these difficult circumstances." "The Russian Federation wrongly arrested Brittney Griner," Rood said. "The practice of unlawful detention is unacceptable wherever it occurs and poses a threat to the security of all who travel, work and live abroad." Bringing US citizens home safely.” At a closed-door preliminary hearing on Monday, Griner's detention was extended by an additional six months, to December 20. Her case comes at an extraordinary low point in Moscow-Washington relations. Griner was arrested less than a week before Russia sent troops to Ukraine, adding to already high tensions between the two countries. S. then imposed far-reaching sanctions on Moscow, and Russia condemned the United States for supplying arms to Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday denied that politics played a role in Griner's arrest and prosecution. "The fact is that the famous athlete was arrested in possession of banned drugs containing narcotics," Peskov told reporters. "Given what I said, it can't be politically motivated," he added. Griner's supporters had held back in hopes of a quiet resolution until May, when the State Department ruled she was wrongly imprisoned and transferred oversight of her case to the President's special envoy for hostage affairs — effectively U. Griner's wife, Cherelle claimed President Joe Biden called for her release, calling her "a political pawn". Every time she is reminded that her teammate, her boyfriend, is unjustly imprisoned in another country," Phoenix Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard said Monday. Griner's supporters have sponsored a prisoner swap like the one in April that brought home Navy veteran Trevor Reed in exchange for a Russian pilot convicted of drug trafficking conspiracy. Russian news media have repeatedly raised speculation that she could be swapped out for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, nicknamed the "Dealer of Death," who is serving a 25-year sentence for conspiring to murder U. Russia has campaigned for Bout's release for years. But the wide discrepancy between Griner's case - which involves alleged possession of vape cartridges containing cannabis oil - and Bout's global trade in lethal weapons could make such a swap uncomfortable for the US. Others have suggested she could be traded alongside Paul Whelan, a former Navy and Security director who is serving a 16-year sentence on an espionage conviction that the U.

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Celtics are set to re-sign forward Sam Hauser on a three-year deal as the sniper could play a bigger role next season

The Celtics will hold Hauser, who shot 43 percent from 3-point range in both 26 NBA appearances and 10 G-League games last season. (Author: Gardener)

Sam HauserSam Hauser played 26 games for the Celtics last season and could be eyeing a bigger role next season. Second-year forward Sam Hauser has agreed a three-year deal with the Celtics worth about $6 million, a league source told the Globe on Sunday. The Celtics signed the Virginia sharpshooter to a two-way contract last summer, and in February the deal was converted to an NBA contract after a series of trades opened up multiple roster spots. Last week, Boston turned down Hauser's $1.6 million option for next season and made him a restricted free agent, making that multi-year deal possible. Hauser appeared in 26 games for the Celtics last season, averaging 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds while shooting 43.2 percent from the 3-point line. He also played in 10 games with Boston's G League affiliates, the Maine Celtics, averaging 16.9 points while scoring 43.3 percent of his 3-pointers. Internally, there is real optimism that Hauser can become a regular rotation player for the Celtics next season. The 6-foot-8 forward is expected to join Boston's Las Vegas Summer League roster this week. He fits in well in games he played earlier in the season when the boys were injured. So always in the right place, great team defender and knows how to use himself, his angles and a head man not only offensively but also defensively $13 million with Boston, and center Luke Kornet agreed to re-sign to a two-year deal. After Hauser's re-signing, Boston will have three remaining roster spots open, with JD Davison, second-round rookie draft pick, a strong candidate to fill one.

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Sam Hauser signs a three-year, $6 million deal with the Boston Celtics

The former Cavalier marksman has signed his first major NBA contract (Author: Gardener)

Sam HauserFormer Cavalier Sharpshooter Signs His First Major NBA Contract Sam Hauser has signed his first major NBA contract. Former Virginia men's basketball star Sam Hauser has reportedly signed a three-year, $6 million deal to return to the Boston Celtics, The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach first reported Sunday. After failing to be called up, Hauser spent the first half of his rookie season on a two-way deal with the Celtics before signing a standard NBA contract with the organization in February. Hauser appeared in 26 games, averaged 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game, and shot 43.2% from three and 46.0% from the field. He also played 10 G League games with the Maine Celtics, averaging 16.9 points per game and shooting 43.3% from beyond the arc. Himmelsbach reported that there is hope Sam Hauser can make a significant contribution for the Celtics next season as they attempt to retain their Eastern Conference title and return to the NBA Finals. The Celtics managed to pull off that trade without giving up any of their core stars or key role players, making them an early favorite to win the Eastern Conference again next season. If Hauser can give the Celtics quality minutes with reliable shots, their chances of returning to the Finals will be even better. Sam Hauser will now join the Celtics in the NBA Summer League, joining two other former UVA basketballers, Jay Huff (Lakers) and Trey Murphy (Pelicans). More Virginia men's basketball news and content: Virginia Men's Basketball on Sports Illustrated More Virginia sports news and content: Virginia Cavaliers on Sports Illustrated WATCH: Jay Huff throws two reverse dunks in NBA Summer League Three former Cavaliers play in the NBA Summer League

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Rate the Boston Celtics' trade for Malcolm Brogdon and deal for Danilo Gallinari

This is our take on what Boston has done so far. (Author: Gardener)

the Boston Celtics'The Boston Celtics made two big moves this week to bolster their bench and 2023 NBA Championship hopes, and managed to do both without giving up a ton of draft assets or key players in their appearance in the 2022 NBA Finals . Could they possibly have handled the team better using various team building tools that were available to them (and still are for now) than trading for Indiana Pacers point guard Malcolm Brogdon? Could they possibly be a better fit for their $6.5 million taxpayer mid-level exception (MLE), which saw them sign veteran forward Danilo Gallinari? The Celtics managed to secure the team a longstanding taxpayer goal or mid-level "mini" exemption of $6.5 million in former Atlanta Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari. The 13-season veteran has lost some of the mobility that got him playing as a winger earlier in his career, but has focused on his shooting and size to expand his ability to win at the NBA level by scoring reinvents himself as a big man. And at 6-foot-10, Gallinari has the size to hold his own against all but the strongest frontcourt players. Still, he's a bit defensive, but with the Celtics returning the NBA's top defense in the second half of the 2021-22 season, it shouldn't be hard to hide him in the regular season and will give Boston another option in the playoffs, although he'll be more of a drag in a seven-game streak. Could the Celtics have found a better option to help with the mini-MLE price point? Add in potential out-of-league health or issues and the fact that Gallinari actually wanted to be in Boston, and this deal looks even better. Is player option ideal for the Celtics? Probably not - but we're not going to argue about a potentially important signing for a title contender, which in hindsight might very well look like a bargain. The Boston Celtics fizzled out in the 2022 NBA Finals as their stars lost their legs after a grueling trek to the league's biggest stage, compounded by constant turnovers, poor late decision making and a lack of help from their development-focused bench. To remedy that, team president Brad Stevens traded a deep rotation with Daniel Theis, a promising young winger with Aaron Nesmith, and a trio of reserves who only play in garbage times with Nik Stauskas, Malik Fitts and Juwan Morgan, as well as a top-12 protected first-round pick 2023. Given that the team would likely have attempted to move away from Theis after signing Gallinari, the addition of a 6ft 5 player at Brogdon, who is point guard for a small ball in some lineups, features plays up front, Boston loads of opportunities to work with tactically. The 29-year-old brings well-established maturity and leadership to the team, as well as high-level playmaking and shooting, and despite recurring, nagging injury problems should help bolster the Celtics' need for high-level games so they can rest star wing Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum more. It also gives them a variety of rotation options to spell out the often-injured Marcus Smart and the sometimes cold-shooting Derrick White. Injury concerns and the size of Brogdon's current contract (about $67 million over 3 seasons) are the only things preventing a perfect assessment of the Celtics' trade for the Pacers ground general, but we still see this as a brilliant deal.

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What impact can we expect from the Boston Celtics adding Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari?

What impact can we expect from the Boston Celtics adding Indiana Pacers floor general Malcolm Brogdon and veteran forward Danilo Gallinari? The Celtics are clearly in win-now mode after all but two wins to secure their 20th place win (Author: Gardener)

Malcolm BrogdonWhat impact can we expect from the Boston Celtics adding Indiana Pacers floor general Malcolm Brogdon and veteran forward Danilo Gallinari? The Celtics are clearly in win-now mode, having come just two wins close to winning the 2022 NBA Championship. So it makes sense to invest in the team from the top down, and Boston did just that, using their mid-level taxpayer exception and a trade that cleared their bench of players who didn't see the floor in the finals had without giving up rotation players. Check out the clip embedded above to see what you've come to expect from Boston so far. Follow us on Facebook and watch the Celtics Lab podcast here. Should Malcolm Brogdon or Marcus Smart start for the Boston Celtics next season? Are the Boston Celtics favorites to win the 2023 NBA title after Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari deal? Celtics Lab 127: Boston goes for team building with Gallinari deal, Brogdon trade with Kory Waldron

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