The Inside Line: Pokemon GO in F1?

Sport360 staff 20/09/2016
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Singapore GP

With Jenson Button’s help, we’ve cracked the perfect idea to bring younger audiences to Formula One races – install Pokemon Go monsters at every Grand Prix!

Maybe they’re already working on this and decided to live test in Singapore on the perfect target audience, Max Verstappen.

Yes, we are referring to the ‘Godzilla’ on track.

Although, this novel idea of ours may lead to more jaywalkers on track – like the marshal in Singapore (but seriously, shouldn’t the FIA be penalised for this incident?) – after encountering the Hulk at the start of the race on Sunday, young Verstappen did have the perfect teenage weekend.

Nico Rosberg won in Singapore, but the race went down to the wire. In an attempt to bring Lewis Hamilton back on the podium, did Mercedes jeopardize Rosberg’s win? What if the situations were reversed? There’d be carnage!

It was also Rosberg’s 200th Formula One start – and another driver’s 300th, tune in to find out who.

As the Drivers’ Championship battle continues, we’re not taking sides yet – six races or nearly 1/3rd of the season yet remaining. But Ferrari, what were they thinking? Or were they thinking at all?

After being butted off the podium, maybe Kimi Raikkonen tipped the Singapore cops about Maurizio Arrivabene’s cigarette butt, we think.

Ferrari praised Raikkonen’s race as a ‘World Champion’ effort, but they didn’t act like a World Champion team. We don’t blame them though; it’s been nearly a decade since their last crown.

While we missed Raikkonen’s uncomfortable waving on the podium and the mumbling, the Iceman did get some overtaking practice in Singapore along with some opportunity for to play his radio classics.

We thank Red Bull Racing for allowing us to enjoy the Max Verstappen vs Daniil Kvyat battle on-track without issuing team orders. Although, we were almost certain to hear back a ‘NO’ had they instructed Kvyat to move over.

In some ways, did this ‘personal’ battle help Kvyat get some closure on the unceremonious demotion? Let’s hope so.

And of course, thank you to Red Bull Racing for livening up the last 14 laps of the race with a well though of tyre strategy for Daniel Ricciardo, who is increasingly becoming our choice for the ‘Driver of the Season’ and should’ve won ‘Driver of the Day’ in Singapore.

We are impressed by Niki Lauda’s humour, top marks for his comeback to Max Verstappen on their ongoing “psychiatrist” banter.

A new but expected power struggle seems to be brewing in Formula 1 between Bernie Eccelstone and Chase Carey, which way will things go? Carey’s biggest short-term task will be to retain Fernando Alonso after 2017.

In the meanwhile, we’re happy to enjoy some hilarious jokes at Mr. Chase Carey’s expense. Are we the first ones to do so?

NASCAR has named a race ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ will Formula 1 ever get so cool?

And if it ever thinks of doing so, let’s call the Singapore Grand Prix night race the ‘The Dark Night’! Finally, we congratulate Alex Zanardi, a true champion and remember one of our greatest – Keep Fighting Michael! Tune in!

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RATED: Every Abu Dhabi Grand Prix music line-up

Sport360 staff 20/09/2016

This year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will see Chemical Brothers (Friday), Lionel Richie (Saturday) and Rihanna (Sunday) take to the stage, making it a weekend of top action on and off of the track.

The Grand Prix, which is Formula One’s showpiece event, has had no shortage of famous faces from the music world perform in the past.

From Jay-Z to Sir Paul McCartney to Eminem – Rihanna is the latest in a long list of big names to sing in the UAE capital.

Here, Sport360 takes a look at the previous acts to have lit up the stage at the Yas Marina Circuit.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2015

Performers: Enrique Iglesias, Blur, Florence and the Machine

Line-up Rating: 6/10 – Had he not been riding the wave of a big comeback hit, Enrique would have seemed a left-field choice, while Blur appealed to nostalgic 1990s Britpop lovers and Florence and the Machine cranked up the volume.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2014

Performers: The Who, Pharrell Williams, Armin Van Buuren

Line-up Rating: 8/10 – A mix of old and the new, with The Who rolling back the years to their 1970s heyday while superstar Pharrell oozed class as the main showpiece act.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2013

Performers: Jay-Z, Muse, Depeche Mode

Line-up Rating: 9/10 – Muse’s big-stage appeal made them the perfect act to line-up in the UAE capital and rapper Jay-Z ensured it was a memorable weekend.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2012

Performers: Eminem, Kylie Minogue, Nickelback

Line-up Rating: 8/10 – Past his peak, fans were more interested in Eminem’s classics than his modern material but it was good to see the cult rapper on stage. Kylie and Nickelback were also crowd-pleasers, performing their repertoire of hits.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2011

Performers: Britney Spears, Sir Paul McCartney

Line-up Rating: 8/10 – The Beatles legend is always a huge draw and seemed to enjoy his time on stage in Abu Dhabi, while Britney Spears entertained a jam-packed crowd on the second night.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2010

Performers: Prince, Linkin Park, Kanye West

Line-up Rating: 9/10 – The late, great Prince rolled back the years with a vintage display and American rockers Linkin Park literally lifted the roof. But Kanye West proved the most spectacular.

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2009

Performers: Aerosmith, Beyonce

Line-up Rating: 9/10 – Cult rock band Aerosmith’s big hits went down well, however Beyonce stole the limelight with a flawless display.

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Lionel Richie to headline Abu Dhabi GP Saturday night

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Pop legend Richie was confirmed as the headliner at an event at Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday, completing a star-studded line-up for this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The after-race concerts at the du Arena are for race ticket holders only, with tickets still available at Virgin Megastore’s 12 outlets throughout the Middle East as well as in all Etihad Shops, online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800.

Richie’s Abu Dhabi slot will be the UAE leg of his All The Hits World Tour, with the singer set to belt out classics from his back catalogue including ‘Hello’ and ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’.

“The announcement of today’s Saturday night artist completes another really strong line-up for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,” Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said.

“With something for everyone, it underlines our effort to always improve and build so our Grand Prix stays one of the best in the F1 calendar.  Of course, it remains a huge event for the region and we look forward to another sell-out and exciting F1 weekend.”

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