Nico Hulkenberg says there’s no way to “force” being comfortable with his new team and car at this early point of their relationship. The veteran German racer makes his full-time racing return with Haas in 2023, having worked as a ‘super-sub’ for the Racing Point/Aston Martin team between 2020 and ’22. Hulkenberg previously raced in F1 between 2010 and 2019, sitting out the 2011 season after being dropped by Williams, but finally got his chance to make his return with Haas as the American-based squad weighed up their options to replace Mick Schumacher. Confirmed in the seat during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Hulkenberg made his Haas debut at the post-season tyre test on the Tuesday following the race. Completing 110 laps on the day, Hulkenberg finished 19th of the 24 runners, and spoke afterwards of feeling some ‘human degradation’ during the test as he came to terms with the physical demands of an F1 car after his last appearance as a sub at Aston Martin at the Saudi … [Read more...] about Nico Hulkenberg: Getting comfortable with Haas car cannot be rushed
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BEIRUT (AP) — When Syrian rebels attacked a hideout in mid-October in the southern Syrian village of Jassem, they had no idea that a militant commander who was killed in the operation was the leader of the Islamic State group. Syrian opposition activists and state media apparently did not know that the man killed was IS leader Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi and identified him as Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Iraqi. The operation lasted two days and started on Oct. 14, the day after a bombing on a bus in a suburb of the capital Damascus. That attack killed 18 Syrian soldiers and wounded at least 27 others. Syrian state media at the time reported that authorities received information that IS members have hideouts in the northern neighborhoods of Jassem, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Damascus. In the operation, Syrian troops were joined with former rebels who had reconciled with the government in 2018 and were allowed to stay and keep their weapons in the southern province … [Read more...] about Syrian rebels did not know Iraqi militant killed was IS head
The Houston Rockets ' hopes of making a leap toward playoff contention look slimmer by the week as we roll through the 2022-23 season. Head coach Stephen Silas' squad dropped their 16th game of the season on Wednesday, a listless 120-100 affair in which Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić nearly put up a triple-double in 28 minutes. The Rockets were among the NBA's best teams less than a half decade ago. Reaching those heights again now feels like a distant fantasy. So, what are the biggest problems facing the Rockets—and what hope can we have for the franchise's future? Let's address the situation in our latest mailbag. When will we no longer be the worst team in the NBA? – Phillip Mueller The 2022-23 Rockets aren’t presently the single worst team in the NBA, with that honor going to Eastern Conference also-rans in Detroit and Orlando. But the spirit of Phillip's question remains fair. Houston should be favored to finish with the West’s worst record , and even passing … [Read more...] about Houston Rockets mailbag: What is the path back to contention?
Otmar Szafnauer says the F1 paddock used to joke that if Charles Whiting ever left his role as race director, the sport would need “at least three people” to replace him. Turned out that was the truth. Whiting was Formula 1’s long-time race director, a man respected by everyone in the paddock and one who knew his job inside and out. He played a massive role contributing towards improving safety standards, such as the introduction of Halo, as well as the inclusion of the HANS device and front and side impact structures. He sadly passed away on the eve of the 2019 season, F1 journalist Adam Cooper described him as the “perfect man for the difficult role of referee”. How much Formula 1 would miss him came to pass in the ensuing years. The Briton’s role went to Michael Masi, a tenure that was blighted by strange decisions but none more perplexing that his decision to allow only some of the lapped cars between race leader Lewis Hamilton and P2’s Max Verstappen to unlap … [Read more...] about Otmar Szafnauer on the Charlie Whiting joke that turned out to be true
Listen to this article Morgan has spent 11 seasons in the BTCC, 10 of them with his family’s Ciceley Motorsport operation, which announced its pull-out from the series on Monday in order to focus on historic racing. But, as predicted by Motorsport.com on Monday , Morgan is to race as part of an expanded four-car line-up at WSR. The Sunbury team supplied Ciceley with two newly built BMW 3 Series machines prior to the 2021 season, and these will return to WSR, which has also acquired one of Ciceley’s TBL entrants’ licences in order to increase its squad to four. “We’re just going to run one of them,” WSR boss Dick Bennetts told Motorsport.com about the Ciceley BMWs. “We’re gearing up to go from three to four cars, but we won’t be gearing up to go to five. “No doubt the phone will start ringing tonight or tomorrow once people know we’ve got them.” And Bennetts also quipped: “I’ve asked Motorbase if they’re interested, because they want a rear-wheel-drive car for … [Read more...] about Morgan joins BMW squad WSR for 2023 BTCC season
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 CHATHAM, Va. - The land came first, 5,557 acres of forest purchased two years after the Revolutionary War by a Virginia slaveholder and future congressman. The mansion came next - a symbol of fortune and power built by enslaved workers, who spent seven years assembling the stately home brick by brick until it was finally finished in 1825. "It's been occupied by a Walter Coles and his wife ever since then," says the latest Walter Coles - the fifth of that name - as he sits in the same parlor his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather all sat in before him, recounting the history of Coles Hill as his predecessors look down from portraits on all four walls. Coles, 84, is one of countless Americans who still benefit from the wealth accumulated by America's 18th- and 19th-century slaveholders. And his … [Read more...] about Their wealth was built on slavery. Now a new fortune lies underground.