Wednesday 13 December 2017

Hamilton, Rosberg on final warning

Lewis Hamilton is on his final warning. Picture Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Lewis Hamilton is on his final warning. Picture Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images Newsdesk

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will remain free to race each other for the Formula One world championship despite their costly last lap collision in Austria, the team said yesterday.

So-called 'team orders,' with drivers told not to pass after a certain point of the race, could still be imposed as a last resort if they failed to respect strengthened 'Rules of Engagement'.

Rosberg leads Hamilton by 11 points after nine of 21 races.

Triple world champion Hamilton won at the Red Bull Ring last weekend, with Rosberg finishing fourth in a damaged car.

The title rivals had been nose-to-tail going into the final lap, colliding when Hamilton went round the outside of the German at turn two.


PHIL SIMMONS will return to Malahide with his West Indies team in September 2017 to play a one-day international against Ireland for the first time since ending his eight-year reign as the national side's coach.

The West Indies are the fourth Test-playing nation to confirm ODI fixtures with Ireland next summer.

England will host William Porterfield's team for the first time in early May while Bangladesh and New Zealand will take part in a tri-series in Dublin later in the same month.

"I had eight great years there as coach and winning trophies. It should be a great occasion," Simmons said.


IRISH hopes of a first European Amateur Team Championship triumph since 2008 were dashed yesterday as they suffered defeat to Italy in the quarter-finals over the challenging Chantilly course in France.

Having qualified for the match-play stages in sixth, Tony Goode's side were outdone 4.5-2.5 by the Italians; that means the highest they can finish now is fifth.

It was all square after the two morning foursomes, but the Italians took over in the singles, winning three of the five matches.


Conor FERGUSON claimed Ireland's second medal at the Junior European Swimming Championships in Hungary last night winning silver in the 100m backstroke final.

The 16-year-old Larne swimmer, who has a personal best of 54.41, was close to that time in last night's final, earning silver with 54.49.

Russia's Kliment Kolesnikov took gold by breaking the world junior record in a time of 53.65.

Elsewhere, bronze medallist Mona McSharry and Gerry Quinn progressed into the 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle finals respectively.

Irish Independent

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