Formula 1 and MotoGP returned to the fray over the weekend, and there was plenty of excitement away from the track too…
F1 gets off to a flying start
With rain hindering proceedings on Friday, and the new qualifying format proving to be a dismal failure on Saturday, things were not looking too positive ahead of Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Luckily race day proved to be a huge success, with the 2016 campaign kicking off in style.
While a Mercedes 1-2 may suggest that it was a case of ‘same old, same old’ in Melbourne, Nico Rosberg’s victory was a hard-fought affair in which Ferrari showed they might be able to give the Silver Arrows a run for their money this year.
Further down the field, Red Bull looked stronger than they did last season, and Haas F1 made a terrific start to life in the fast lane with Romain Grosjean coming home in sixth.
There was disappointment for Rio Haryanto on his F1 debut, with the Indonesian driver forced to retire due to a mechanical problem. After a promising performance in qualifying, Haryanto was not having the best of races before he ended up parked in the garage. Manor were quick to shoulder responsibility for the 23-year-old’s retirement, with team chief Dave Ryan saying: “We let him down today”.
Fernando Alonso’s high-speed crash at Albert Park provided a hairy moment, with the Spaniard’s McLaren flipping after making contact with the back of Esteban Gutierrez’s Manor.
Alonso walked away from the incident shaken, but without injury. With all the talk of halos being introduced, it’s good to know that safety is already at an incredible level, as the below images show just how heavy Alonso’s crash was.
Local lad wins the derby
Marcus Rashford’s remarkable rise to prominence continued on Sunday as the teenager scored the winner in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over cross-city rivals City.
What is sure to have made the moment even more special for Rashford is that he’s Manchester through and through. The striker was born in a district in the south of Manchester and joined the Red Devils’ youth system at the age of seven.
18y 141d – Marcus Rashford is the youngest scorer in a Manchester derby in Premier League history (18 years 141 days). Fledgling. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 20, 2016
Ominous signs as Lorenzo wins in Qatar
Jorge Lorenzo picked up where he left off in the 2015 MotoGP campaign in Sunday’s season-opener in Qatar, claiming top spot on the podium in dominating fashion.
Andrea Iannone may feel he could have won if he had not ended up in the gravel, but Lorenzo showed good pace throughout in Qatar and is once again set to be a force to be reckoned with.
Djokovic’s dominance continues
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) March 20, 2016
Novak Djokovic claimed his fifth title at Indian Wells on Sunday, making light work of Milos Raonic in the tournament finale.
The world number one continues to sweep all before him and as we edge toward the clay-court season, Djokovic must feel he has his best chance yet and securing a maiden French Open title. One certainly wouldn’t bet against the Serb at this point.
Records fly in the LPGA
Sei Young Kim walked away with the JTBC Founders Cup trophy and a few records too. The South Korean claimed a five-shot victory at the Wildfire Golf Club, and her 72-hole total of 27-under equalled Annika Sorenstam’s LPGA Tour scoring record.
Kim’s final round score of 10-under-par 62 also matched the tournament record, a mark that had only been set on Thursday by Mi Hyang Lee.
You shot -15? That’s T23.
-20 you say? 3rd place.
-22? You lost by FIVE SHOTS!
— Adam Shadoff (@FOX35Adam) March 21, 2016