Dec 022016

A gunman took several people hostage at a travel agency in Paris, France.

paris police car

Paris travel office robbed, people taken hostages

Sources close to the French authorities announced that an armed man is holding several people in a travel office in southern Paris. According to preliminary information cited by Reuters, this is an armed robbery.

Intervention forces were deployed on the spot, and the incident does not appear to have any connection with terrorism.

The robber has reportedly seized seven people inside the travel agency, police said.

Police officials told the AFP that the robber is armed with a handgun.

Local police tweeted that an “Intervention under way in an armed robbery” and drivers should avoid the area of the Massena boulevard in the Porte d’Italie area in the south of the French capital.

Police are positioned at the site and a security perimeter has been established in the neighbourhood near the ring road around Paris.

This is not the first time the travel agency in question is robbed, since most customers are of Asian origin and use cash for transactions.

Dec 022016

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-Benz announced this afternoon his retirement from Formula 1 with immediate effect and the shocking news comes just days after he was crowned a world champion.

Nico Rosberg retirement

Nico Rosberg unveils shocking retirement (pic: Facebook)

The unexpected decision was explained by 31-year-old German driver in an open letter that was posted on both social media websites Facebook and Twitter:

Nico Rosberg retirement statement:
“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target.And now I’ve made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.

“This season, I tell you, it was so damn tough. I pushed like crazy in every area after the disappointments of the last two years; they fuelled my motivation to levels I had never experienced before. And of course that had an impact on the ones I love, too – it was a whole family effort of sacrifice, putting everything behind our target. I cannot find enough words to thank my wife Vivian; she has been incredible. She understood that this year was the big one, our opportunity to do it, and created the space for me to get full recovery between every race, looking after our daughter each night, taking over when things got tough and putting ourchampionship first.

“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became World Champion. On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life. I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from Nico’s management team), followed by Toto.

“The only thing that makes this decision in any way difficult for me is because I am putting my racing family into a toughsituation. But Toto understood. He knew straight away that I was completely convinced and that reassured me. My proudest achievement in racing will always be to have won the world championship with this incredible team of people,the Silver Arrows.

“Now, I’m just here to enjoy the moment. There is time tosavour the next weeks, to reflect on the season and to enjoy every experience that comes my way. After that, I will turn the next corner in my life and see what it has in store for me…”

Nico Rosberg won his first Formula One trophy last Sunday at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi after he finished second in the Grand Prix of the United Arab Emirates, behind his teammate Briton Lewis Hamilton who in turn ranked second in the 2016 overall driver standings, writes BBC.

Nico claimed the world title after his father Keke Rosberg (Finland) became a F1 world champion for Williams back in 1982.

The Rosbergs are the second family in which father and son claim the Formula 1 world trophy after the British Graham Hill (1968 Lotus) and his son Damon Hill (1996, Williams).

Nov 282016

Lewis Hamilton faces the risk of being suspended by his F1 team Mercedes-Benz because he deliberately disobeyed orders received during the last Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton

Lweis Hamilton (pic: wikimedia commons)

In the last laps of the race in Abu Dhabi, the Briton slowed down the pace in efforts to deny his teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg, a first world title. As a consequence, Rosberg was about to be caught up by Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, but fortunately he mananged to defend his 2nd position and thus preserve the leading position in the overall rankings.

Hamilton’s strategy could have given results, but aroused the wrath of Torger Christian “Toto” Wolff, the Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. Wolff was irritated by the fact that Hamilton undermined the public authority of team’s race managers after being urged several times to speed up and not jeopardize the stage victory.

Radio intervention (lap 51/55) between Mercedes’ technical director Paddy Lowe and Lewis Hamilton:

“Lewis, this is Paddy. We need you to pick up the pace to win this race”.

“I’m in the lead right now. I’m quite comfortable where I am”, answered Hamilton.

Hamilton applied his tricky strategy until the end of the race, even if it became apparent for him that he will lose world title in favor of Nico Rosberg. According to The Telegraph, Lewis Hamilton is likely to be fired because he violated team orders and created anarchy in Abu Dhabi. Pressed on whether Hamilton could face sanction or even suspension, Wolff replied: “Everything is possible.”

Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes is valued at 30 million pounds per year.

Photo credit: Dcnarad [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Nov 272016

Nico Rosberg ranked second in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last race of the 2016 Formula 1 season, and this result was enough for the German driver to win the world title, the first of his career. “The big loser” of the day was Lewis Hamilton, who, despite winning the contest in United Arab Emirates, ended the year on the second place in the overall standings.

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Nico Rosberg (pic: Wikimedia)

With this F1 world title, Nico Rosberg joined the select list of families – both father and son – who won the world crown in Formula One: – Keke Rosberg won in 1982. The short list features also Briton Damon Hill (Williams – 1996 ) and his father Graham Hill (1968 Lotus), writes BBC.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: F1 rankings:
1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes 1: 38: 04 013
2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes +00: 00 439
3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari 00: 00 843
4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – TAG Heuer 00: 01 685
5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – TAG Heuer 00: 05 315
6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari 00: 18.816
7. Nico Huelkenberg – Force India – Mercedes 00: 50.114
8. Sergio Perez – Force India – Mercedes 00: 58.776
9. Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes 00: 59.436
10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren 00: 59.896
11. Romain Grosjean – Haas – Ferrari 01: 16.777
12. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – Ferrari 01: 35.113
13. Esteban Ocon – Manor – Mercedes
14. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – Mercedes
15. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – Ferrari
16. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – Ferrari
17. Jolyon Palmer – Renault
Carlos Sainz Jr – Toro Rosso – Ferrari
Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – Ferrari
Jenson Button – McLaren
Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes
Kevin Magnussen – Renault.

Video: F1 2016 Abu Dhabi: Rosberg and Hamilton Post-Race Interview

About Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg is the son of Finn Keke Rosberg and german Sina. He was born just four days after his father Keke won the Detroit Grand Prix back in 1985.

Rosberg greu up in Monaco, where he now lives with his wife Vivian and daughter Alaia. He speaks five languages, but not Finnish, the native language of his father.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were teammates in the famous racing karting in 2000.

Nico Rosberg made his Formula 1 debut in 2006, in the Bahrain GP for the team Williams.

Rosberg joined Mercedes in 2010 when he had Michael Schumacher as a teammate. During that season, Nico gathered 142 points, while Schumacher just 72.

2016 Driver Standings Formula One:
1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes 385 points / champion
2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes 380
3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull 256
4. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari 212
5. Max Verstappen – Red Bull 204
6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari 186
7. Sergio Perez – Force India 101
8. Valtteri Bottas – Williams 85
9. Nico Huelkenberg – Force India 72
10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren 54
11. Felipe Massa – Williams 53
12. Carlos Sainz Jr – Toro Rosso 46
13. Romain Grosjean – 29th Haas
14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso 25
15. Jenson Button – McLaren 21
16. Kevin Magnussen – Renault 7
17. Felipe Nasr – Sauber 2
18. Jolyon Palmer – Renault 1
19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor 1
20. Stoffel VANDOORNE – McLaren 1
21. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas 0
22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber 0
23. Esteban Ocon – Manor 0
24. Rio Haryanto – Manor 0.

Constructors Rankings Formula One 2016:
1. Mercedes 765 points – world champion
2. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 468
3. Ferrari 398
4. Force India – Mercedes 173
5. Williams-Mercedes 138
6. McLaren 76
7. Toro Rosso – Ferrari 63
8. Haas – Ferrari 29
9. Renault 8
10. Sauber – Ferrari 2
11. Manor – Mercedes 1.

List of F1 world champions since 1990 until today:
2016 – Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
2015 – Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
2014 – Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
2013 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
2012 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
2011 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
2010 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
2009 – Jenson Button – Brawn
2008 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren
2007 – Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
2006 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2005 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2003 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2002 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2001 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2000 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
1999 – Mika Hakkinen – McLaren
1998 – Mika Hakkinen – McLaren
1997 – Jacques Villeneuve – Williams
1996 – Damon Hill – Williams
1995 – Michael Schumacher – Benetton
1994 – Michael Schumacher – Benetton
1993 – Alain Prost – Williams
1992 – Nigel Mansell – Williams
1991 – Ayrton Senna – McLaren
1990 – Ayrton Senna – McLaren

Most titles won in Formula 1:
7 – Schumacher
5 – Fangio
4 – Prost, Vettel
3 – Brabham, Stewart, Lauda, ​​Piquet, Senna, Hamilton
2 – Ascari, Graham Hill, Clark, Fittipaldi, Hakkinen, Alonso.
Photo credit: By AngMoKio (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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