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|March 2-8, 2021|
Could Sprint Races could demerit Grand Prix?
Before Formula 1 even existed Grand Prix Racing was already a thing, it has existed for over a century. The concept of a “Grand Prix” is exactly to emphasize on the importance of that particular race vis-à-vis other races that can exist at the same venue or country but that do not enjoy the same status.
There have been non-Grand Prix Formula One competitions throughout history, the last time being the “Formula One Indoor Trophy” at the Bologna Motor Show in 1996, which was actually not a race itself but a knockout competition. The last proper “race” was the 1983 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch.
So having races other than the “Grand Prix” on the same calendar has shown not to demerit the value of a Grand Prix, however the catch is that non-Grand Prix races have not counted towards the World Championship.
Formula 1 is debating the idea -and teams are backing it (Autosport)- of having potentially points-scoring Sprint Races on the same Grand Prix weekends as the other Championship races, and at the same track. It is fine that Formula 1 is attempting to do tweak and innovate. The Bahrain outer layout was a a successful venture last year. But the main concern -which has also been expressed by driver Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)- is: would it demerit the value of winning?
Winning a Grand Prix is not a trivial endeavor and the fact that Formula 1 races have been exclusively World Championship races, this has increased the mysticism and sublime feelings of winning a Grand Prix, hence why it was so special for Pierre Gasly (FRA, Alpha Tauri) or Sergio Pérez (MEX. Racing Point) to win last year with their medium-sized teams.
The most likely is that Sprint Races will follow a similar fashion in terms of sorting results to Sprint races, except that they would potentially trivialize winning. If every race had a sprint race, what would be so special about watching Lewis Hamilton (ENG) win 30 times a year instead of 15 times? And then, if these races are races then the wins should be recorded as such, but then the historical records would just be distorted.
New ideas sound good and maybe it’s worth giving them a try, but some degree of agnosticism is also good as well. If these sprint races are just meant to be in lieu qualifying sessions, without podiums and points, then it could all be fine.
|Five things to know from last week|
- KO of the year!? Óscar Valdez (MEX) delivered a fulminating KO against Miguel Berchelt (MEX) to take the WBC Super Featherweight title, in what might be the KO of the year. He was not only impressive due to his single-hand KO: he totally dominated in the fight. Watch the highlights (Top Rank)
- Canelo – a class of his own. Saúl Álvarez (MEX) made Avni Yildirim (TUR) retire after 3 rounds in their Super MIddleweight World Title match for the WBC and WBA belts. Álvarez, the world’s best Pound for Pound boxer, had to fight Yildirim as he was the mandatory challenger. His next rival will be the WBO Champion, Billy Joe Saunders (ENG). If he wins that fight, he will eye the full unification by challenging the IBF Champion. Watch the fight (TV Azteca).
- Collin Morikawa wins the WGC. Collin Morikawa (USA) doesn’t always win but when he does he makes it big. Last year he won the 2020 PGA Chamìonship and now won the World Golf Championships at the Concession (USA). He is the second player -the other one being Tiger Woods (USA)- that has won both tournaments before age 25. (Tournament highlights – European Tour).
- Mixed Ski Cross. Fanny Smith (SUI) extended her record as the winningest skier at the Ski Cross World Cups, by winning in Georgia. She also won the first ever mixed team event at the competition, alongside Jonas Lenherr (SUI). Watch the mixed team highlights (FIS).
- Repeat Parallel Champions. The Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom saw repeat winners at the World Championship: Dmitry Loginov (RUS) in the men’s division and Selina Jörg (DEU) in the women’s division. She became the first woman in 18 years that repeats the PGS gold. He had an exciting final where he fell for a bit but hs rival Fischnaller (ITA) also fell down – they crossed the line very close. Watch the men’s final (FIS).
- World Record. Grant Holloway (USA) broke the long standing 60 meters hurdle World Indoor Record at the World Athletics Indoor meet in Madrid (ESP), clocking 7.29 seconds. He has gone under 7.40 in seven races this year. Gudaf Tsegay (ETH) had also broken an indoor record, the 1500 women’s, in a Gold Level meet three weeks ago. Watch his race (World Athletics).
|GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK|
Gold: Therese Johaug
(Norway, Cross-Country Skiing)
By winning the Women’s 15km Skiathlon at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships she became the most successful skier of all time in this category, with a total of three golds, one silver and one bronze. This also represents her 12th World Title, which make her 5th of all time at the Nordic Skiing World Championships. She then went on to take the 10 km. today. Jonna Sundling (SWE) also had a great week, by taking gold in the Sprint Classic and Sprint Team competitions.
Watch the Skiathlon highlights (FIS)
Silver: Jarl-Magnus Riiber
(Nordic Combined Skiing, Norway)
He defended his 10km Normal Hill and Team Normal Hill World Championships at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Oberstdorf (DEU). These two more golds place him 6th in the all-time Nordic Combined World Championship medal tally.
Watch his 10km Normal Hill gold highlights (FIS)
Bronze: Johannes Høsflot Klæbo
(Norway, Cross-Country Skiing)
He successfully defended both his Individual Sprint and Team Sprint World Titles at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Germany. He continues to cement himself as one of the best sprinters of all-time.
Watch the highlights of his Individual Sprint gold (FIS)
|GLOBAL SPORTS AGENDA|
Ski Jumping, Cross Country Ski, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Alpine conclude and/or start their World Championships.
UFC has a big week, with three World Title fights in a single night. Israel Adesanya (NZL) will try to be simultaneous World Champion in two weights, something that Amanda Nunes (BRA) has already done. She is fighting as well.
The UCI World Tour saw Tadej Pogačar (SLO) win the UAE Tour. The World Tour now moves to Europe for the first classic races.
Claressa Shields (USA) -who has unified the Female Super Welterweight division in boxing- will try to keep her title against Marie Eve Dicaire (CAN).
FIS World Cup (AUT, SVK)
Domestic Cups (Final Copa do Brasil de Futebol Volta, Coupe de France Round of 32, etc.)
Domestic Leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A, Liga MX, Brasileirão Assaí, Barclays FA Women’s Super League, etc.)
Aussie Rules Football:
AFL Women’s Regular Season
GT World Challenge America (Sonoma, California x2)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (Las Vegas, Nevada)
NASCAR Cup (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Turismo Carretera – (Buenos Aires, ARG)
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars (Las Vegas, Nevada; Lewisburg, USA)
The Mint 400 (Nevada)
YONEX Swiss Open 2021
XXIX Championship of Russia. Super League – 2020-2021 Play-Offs
Serie Nacional de Béisbol de Cuba Semi-Finals
NBA Regular Season, All-Star Week
Basketball Champions League Americas Group Stage
Basketball Champions League Playoffs
Campeonato Parejas Clasificación Liguilla
Magic City Jai-Alai
Emakume Master Cup Quarterfinals
IBU World Cup (CZE)
WPBSA – BETVICTOR GIBRALTAR OPEN 2021
World Boxing Council, International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Association Super World Female Super Welter Titles – Claressa Shields (USA) vs Marie Eve Dicaire (CAN)
2019–21 ICC World Test Championship (Various)
T20 International: New Zealand vs Australia (x2)
Women’s T20I: New Zealand vs England (x3)
FIS World Championship (DEU)
World Loppet (SUI, RUS, SWE)
Unibet Premier League Night 5
Ladbrokes UK Open
CSI5*, Global Champions Tour/League (QAT)
Arena of Valor – RoV Pro League 2021 Summer
Arena of Valor – Arena of Glory Spring 2021
Call of Duty League 2021 – Stage 1
Clash Royale – No Tilt Worlds 2021
League of Legends Spring Seasons (LCK, LCS Spring, LEC, LPL)
PUBG Mobile PUBG Global Invitational.S 2021
Quake Pro League Season 2: Stage 2
Dota Pro Circuit Major
CounterStrike – ESL Pro League Season 13
FIE Grand Prix (HUN)
Women’s FIH Pro League
Men’s FIH Pro League
FIS Freestyle Ski Moguls and Aerials World Championships (KAZ)
LPGA Drive On Championship presented by Volvik at Golden Ocala (USA)
PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard (USA)
2020–21 EHF Champions League group stage
Horse Racing (Flat):
Canterbury Stakes, Randwick Guineas, Newmarket Handicap, Australian Cup (AUS)
Indian Oaks (IND)
New Zealand Derby (NZL)
Maktoum Challenge R3, Jebel Hatta (UAE)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile, Santa Anita Handicap (USA)
SA Classic, SA Fillies Classic (ZAF)
Kontinental Hockey League Regular Season
NHL Regular Season
MASL Regular Season
Grand Slam (UZB)
Mixed Martial Arts:
UFC Light Heavyweight Championship – Jan Błachowicz (POL) vs Israel Adesanya (NZL)
UFC Bantamweight Championship – Petr Yan (RUS) vs Aljamain Sterling (USA)
UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship – Amanda Nunes (BRA) vs Megan Anderson (AUS)
Auto Race – Opening Memorial Grand Prix Race (Kawaguchi, JPN)
GNCC Racing (Palatka, USA)
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship (Daytona Beach, USA)
The Mint 400
World Cup Snow (USA)
Nordic Combined Ski:
World Championship (DEU)
Para Alpine Skiing:
La Molina 2021 WPAS World Cup
Para Sport World Cup (FRA)
Para Nordic Skiing:
Beijing 2021 World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup
Bogota 2021 Para Pow
WPSB World Cup (ESP)
APTA Winter Warrior Classic Women’s NRT
Santa Rita Abierto – High Goal
WPL – The Founders Cup
WPL – Palm Beach Open
WPT – Dubai Gold Cup
WPT – CV Whitney Cup
UCI World Tour – Strade Bianche (ITA), Paris–Nice (FRA)
UCI Women’s World Tour – Strade Bianche (ITA)
Super Rugby Aotearoa
Super Rugby AU
America’s Cup (NZL)
470 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (POR)
BMW SIM GT Cup
BMW SIM M2 CS Racing Cup
eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series
VCO ProSim SERIES
FIS World Championship (DEU)
World Championship Alpine (SLO)
World Cup Alpine (SLO)
World Cup SBX (GEO)
Red Bull Magnitude
ATP 500 Rotterdam Open (NED)
Ranking Series Matteo Pellicone (ITA)
Zlati Dinev Roydev (BUL)
*This agenda is based on official information at time of publication. All events are subject to change and/or cancellation.
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|Happiness: Alfredo Quintana|
Alfredo Quintana (POR), Portugal national team’s and Porto’s goalkeeper passed away following a sudden cardiac arrest during training, aged 32. This video from one year ago sees Quintana explain hoe he was living the happiest period of his life. This was a tragedy and it is moving to know that at least he was at peace in life.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts. To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.”
Tiger Woods (USA)
Winningest PGA Tour Player
After several players decided to use his typical Sunday colors at the WGC, in the same week in which he suffered a road accident that led to serious leg injuries.