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Ricciardo relieved to be handed the hot seat

September 15th, 2019 | Posted by admin in 上海性息 - (Comments Off on Ricciardo relieved to be handed the hot seat)

The 24-year-old Australian faced a barrage of questions at the Italian Grand Prix as he faced the world’s media for the first time since Red Bull announced he would partner triple champion Sebastian Vettel next year.


Championship leader Vettel may have four titles by 2014 while Ricciardo, who replaces departing compatriot Mark Webber, has yet to appear on a Formula One podium in his third season in the sport.

If he was feeling the heat, he hid it well.

“I think it’s a bit of a relief now that there’s no more speculation and no more dodging questions and all the rest of it,” the ever-smiling driver told a news conference at Monza. “Everyone knows what’s happening, including me. It’s nice. It’s something to look forward to.”

Ricciardo’s appointment came as no surprise, with Red Bull trusting in the same supply chain that saw Vettel promoted from Toro Rosso at the end of 2008, but he said he was still not told until last week.

Team principal Christian Horner told reporters that Ricciardo was simply the best candidate “for the medium and the longer term.”

He indicated also that anyone suspecting the new man would pose less of a challenge to Vettel than Webber, whose relationship with the German has been more than frosty, should reserve judgement.


“Daniel really deserves a chance. He’s a seriously quick driver, he’s a young guy and behind that broad smile he’s got a determination about him. There’s no reason at all why he can’t do a super job next year,” said Horner.

“He’s an intelligent lad. He’s demonstrated he’s capable of winning championships in lower formulae, he’s won races in all the categories he’s been involved in bar Formula One so far. It’s a calculated risk that we’ve taken but he’s got all the attributes of being a star of the future.”

Horner said money had not been a factor in the driver decision and nor had the Australian won them over with his character.

“You can have the best character in the world, but if you’re not quick it doesn’t help,” he said.

Vettel, still only 26 years old but with 31 career wins to his credit already, would not be drawn on whether he expected to get on better with Ricciardo than Webber, who is 10 years older than him.

“Whatever I say makes the relationship I currently have with Mark sound bad,” said Vettel. “We (him and Webber) are not best friends, yes…but equally we respect each other on the track as racing drivers

“(Ricciardo) is a different guy. I don’t know him yet that well. I don’t want to marry him so I don’t have to be best friends with him. But I think we’ll get along with each other.”

He also reserved judgement on his team mate’s potential.

“It is difficult to say because at the moment he is not in a car that allows him to score points regularly and race in the area where we race,” he said.

“People probably have the opinion that drivers that are in let’s say an average car and maybe somewhere in the midfield are generally not on the same level as the drivers at the front.

“I think on average that is probably the case, but how do you get to step up if you never get a chance? It’s a great time for him,” said the champion.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Alison Wildey)

Facebook in privacy row with new policy

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Facebook is drawing fire from privacy activists after unveiling a new policy that could turn users’ data and pictures into advertising.


The new plan would “dramatically expand the use of personal information for advertising purposes,” said a letter this week to the US Federal Trade Commission by six privacy organisations.

The letter said the changes violate a 2011 consent order with the US watchdog agency and urged the FTC to “act to enforce its order.”

If the changes take effect, the letter said, “Facebook users who reasonably believed that their images and content would not be used for commercial purposes without their consent will now find their pictures showing up on the pages of their friends endorsing the products of Facebook’s advertisers.”

“Remarkably, their images could even be used by Facebook to endorse products that the user does not like or even use,” added the letter from the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog and three other groups.

Facebook unveiled the changes as part of a settlement of a class action suit over the use of user names and images in so-called “sponsored stories.”

According to the letter, Facebook’s existing policy allows its users to limit how their name and profile picture may be associated with advertising.

Under the newly proposed policy, Facebook says, “You give us permission to use your name, profile picture, content, and information in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content.”

Activists say this allowed Facebook to turn virtually all user data into advertising.

“Facebook has long played fast and loose with users’ data and relied on complex privacy settings to confuse its users, but these proposed changes go well beyond that,” said John Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s privacy director.

Also endorsing the letter were the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, US PIRG and Patient Privacy Rights.

Facebook officials point out that its policies haven’t changed, but have been clarified under the new language.

Mexico will amaze Formula One, says Perez

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The McLaren driver, who will be hoping to have a car capable of winning his home race after a lacklustre season for the British team this year, told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix that it would be huge.


A draft calendar circulated to teams before Sunday’s race at Monza had a record 21 rounds and Mexico listed for a November 9 date, the week before the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, subject to track approval.

“I’m very excited. It’s not confirmed yet, it’s just a pre-calendar but I feel there are very big chances now of this happening,” Perez said.

“It will be great for my country, great for the sport. Formula One will be amazed how popular this grand prix can become…it will be huge for Formula One as a sport to go there.”

Mexico last hosted a grand prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 1992, when Nigel Mansell was triumphant for Williams who were a top team in those days.

They have scored just one point this season, however, and that is not the only way in which the sport’s landscape has changed with new venues like Russia and India opening up.

Last year’s inaugural race in Austin drew a strong Latin crowd from both sides of the border and Perez agreed having the two races together would be like having two home grands prix in succession with big crowds at both.

He said he had been kept abreast of developments in Mexico City and was there a few weeks ago to watch his brother race.

“I know how good the racetrack is,” Perez said. “Obviously they need to rebuild it but there is time enough. I really hope for the good of the sport and my country that it happens.”

The Mexican reckoned a few flat-out months of work would be required to upgrade the pit and paddock facilities but the layout was good.

“Looking at it, they have to change the pits to make them proper for Formula One, (improve) a few corners maybe and apart from that it’s just a matter of time what they can do,” he said. “But I think they don’t have to do big things for the racetrack to be ready.”

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

In-form U.S. confident of getting first win in Costa Rica

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Juergen Klinsmann’s U.


S. team have won their last 12 games, most recently coming from two goals behind to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in impressive fashion in a friendly in Sarajevo.

The winning streak includes the run to the Gold Cup title in July during which they beat Costa Rica 1-0 in East Hartford.

But the Americans have never won a qualifier in Costa Rica and the game has added spice following the controversial March encounter between the teams in Denver, Colorado.

That match was played in a blizzard with the field covered in snow throughout the second half and, after the Americans ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a Clint Dempsey goal, furious Costa Rica officials complained to FIFA with their coach Jorge Luis Pinto describing the game as “an embarrassment to football”.

Media reports suggest the Americans have been given a frosty reception in Costa Rica and there will be a hostile atmosphere awaiting them at the National Stadium in San Jose on Friday.

“The fans have a lot of passion. It seems they have a lot of hard feelings from the last game in the U.S., and they are really amped for Friday night,” said American midfielder Kyle Beckerman.

The United States are top of the qualifying group on 13 points from six games with Costa Rica two points behind and Mexico on eight points, Honduras seven and Panama six with Jamaica propping up the standings after two draws.


Four days after the Costa Rica clash, the U.S. host rivals Mexico in Columbus, Ohio and four points from those games could see Klinsmann’s team qualify with two matches to spare, although they may get through with fewer if other results go their way.

Traditionally, the Americans have looked for draws away and wins at home but there is a positive and confident mood in Klinsmann’s camp.

“I don’t think I’ve ever felt as confident about getting a result on one of these trips,” said forward Landon Donovan, who was the Gold Cup’s joint-top scorer with five goals, is back for what will be his first qualifier in over a year.

“We need to go in with the mindset that we absolutely can win this game, and that has to be the mentality,” he said.

“If we carry that energy and that belief on to the field Friday night, everyone is going to sense it on both teams and we have a real chance to do something special.”

Mexico started the campaign as favourites to top the group but, while unbeaten, have picked up just one win and five draws.

Honduras’s visit to the Azteca Stadium on Friday is thus a must-win game for Jose Manuel de la Torre’s team, who will be looking over their shoulders at Panama’s impressive rise.

Panama are at home to Jamaica, who have appointed Winfried Schaefer in a last-ditch attempt to turn around their campaign.

“It is a make-or-break fixture. We daren’t lose that one,” said Jamaica’s new German coach. “At the moment, we have maybe a 30 percent chance of making it to Brazil. If we beat Panama, that might become a 60 percent chance,” .

(Reporting by Simon Evans, Editing by Ken Ferris)

Clarke worried about team not captaincy

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Michael Clarke accepts his captaincy is under scrutiny following Australia’s failed Ashes campaign.


But Clarke insists his motivations for the one-day series against England are team-driven rather than worrying about how it reflects on him individually.

“When you’re captain you’re accountable, especially when you’re not performing well and your team’s losing, so I understand that,” Clarke said ahead of game one of the five-match series in Leeds on Friday.

“But more than that, me wanting to win this series has nothing to do with my captaincy.

“It’s about this team and where we’re at. We’re trying to move forward and improve in this format and get back to being the number one one-day team in the world.

“That’s why it’s important to win this series.”

While Australia’s 3-0 Ashes series loss was attributed by most to batting woes rather than Clarke’s leadership, he hasn’t been immune to criticism.

Test great Matthew Hayden said Clarke needed to take more responsibility and questioned whether he had been thrust into the role at too young an age.

Clarke, though, says he’s not bothered by critics of him or the team and he doesn’t need reminding of the challenges ahead.

“It (criticism) doesn’t bother me,” Clarke told AAP.

“The (Ashes) result bothers me, that bothers me a lot.

“I’m doing everything I can to help us turn that around.

“I was as disappointed as anyone that we didn’t have success and what people say doesn’t really bother me.

“It’s about trying to get better every day and the boys are working hard so I can’t ask any more.”

While the Australians are fifth in the Test rankings they remain a power in the 50-over game, ranked second behind India.

Clarke said it was time the team started producing consistent results away from home.

“Our most recent trips to the UK have not been successful in the short form of the game as well as the longer form of the game,” Clarke said.

“Let’s hope we can turn it around.”

The first game of the series at Headingley is in some doubt with heavy rain forecast across the UK on Friday.

Clarke seemed to be aware of the threat when asked by a British reporter if Australia would “put on a show” for the Leeds fans.

“If you guys can provide the weather, we’ll provide the cricket,” he said.