7 July 2015
Weekend Sport Round-up: British GP, Murray, Froome and Women’s World Cup
Lewis Hamilton wins the British GP
Lewis Hamilton won the British GP for the third time on Sunday – eventually – after having to overcome a fast start from both Williams drivers as well as rain showers which struck Silverstone.
At the previous GP pundits complained about a lack of drama in F1, however this did not last long as it was the first time in a long while that a Mercedes car was not in the lead going into the first corner of the race, in fact they found themselves in 3rd and 4th place after a blistering start from the Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas. Hamilton had to wait until the first round of pitstops to regain the lead. He then built a lead of about six seconds over Massa, with Bottas narrowly keeping third place from Rosberg. However, rain which arrived on lap 36 of the 52-lap race switched the order around.
Rosberg seemed to come alive in the conditions and was able to pass both Williams cars in quick succession. He then closed up on Hamilton and briefly took the lead when the latter made his second stop on lap 43.
Hamilton switched to intermediate tyres and the rain suddenly intensified again – forcing Rosberg and the rest of the field to also pit – his timing proved perfect. Hamilton beamed “For the first time in my life I made the perfect choice on tyres” he continued “It’s always tricky for the guy out in the lead, but I think it’s the first time in my Formula 1 career I perfectly made the right choice as I could see the rain coming more”.
For those who watched on Sunday it was a race that got you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. It had drama, overtakes, collisions, rain, pressure strategy calls and this is why Silverstone itself proved it is one of the best circuits on the calender with a flowing and fast circuit. Who said F1 was boring!?
Talking points from Andy Murray’s win over Andreas Seppi at Wimbledon
Andy Murray overcame a mid-match wobble at Wimbledon to defeat Andreas Seppi 6-2 6-2 1-6 6-1 in the third round. The British No 1 has looked in red-hot form this week as he looks to repeat his title-winning heroics from two years ago and he made a storming start against the Italian on Centre Court on Saturday evening as he claimed the first two sets. Seppi had failed to win a single set during six consecutive losses to Murray in their previous meetings but there was a sudden shift in momentum at the start of the third set, which coincided with the Italian calling a medical time out. After receiving treatment for a leg injury at 2-1, Seppi emerged unhindered and completely unrecognisable as a Murray second serve flew out and gave away the break. Seppi held serve with ease and Murray, shaking his head in frustration at the change of ends, failed to recover his focus as his opponent found a whole new level to clinch a second break and then the third set 6-1.
One thing to take away from the match that Andy’ rivals will pick up on is that the Scot can switch off. After collecting the opening two sets with relative ease he seemed ready to seal a dominant win, only for Seppi to upset his concentration when he called for the trainer. Murray returned the favour, calling on the doctor in the fourth set to examine a shoulder complaint. This break gave him added time to regroup and he regained his focus and a foothold before taking the next six games. British fans should not worry, That mini-meltdown should not completely tarnish a polished performance from Murray over the first two sets. Good luck for the second week Andy, hopefully we see you on Centre Court come Sunday!
Tour de France 2015: Chris Froome gains time on rivals
Froome placed seventh on stage two, four seconds ahead of Alberto Contador in 13th and one minute 28 seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana. Team Sky’s Froome, champion in 2013, is up to 10th in the overall standings. Spanish two-time winner Contador, Italy’s defending champion Nibali and Colombian Quintana have been billed as Froome’s main rivals for overall victory at this year’s race.
This is a dream start for Froome who knows all about how important the first few days of the Tour are. Last year we was lying on the floor injured and out of the race at this point so surviving the first week is the priority, gaining time on rivals over the first 2 stages is a bonus.
USA hit 5 to win the Women’s World Cup
Carli Lloyd scored an incredible 13-minute hat-trick as the United States thrashed Japan to win their third Women’s World Cup title. In a repeat of the 2011 final, which Japan won on penalties the Nadeshiko could not live with their stronger and quicker opponents, who went 4-0 up when Lloyd scored an astonishing third from the halfway line. The pulsating finale to an entertaining tournament was the highest-scoring final in the tournament’s history, and matched the highest scoring men’s final, when Brazil defeated Sweden by the same scoreline in 1958.
The World cup has put women’s sport in the spotlight. It seems like the tournament has had more coverage than ever before and the quality of play and a final producing seven goals is quite simply thrilling football viewing. What would of happened if England had got to that final, would we be celebrating an England World Cup victory this week? Until next time…..