Next Associated Press SochiSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 19:06 IST Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after finishing 1st at Russian GP. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLewis Hamilton finished in a Mercedes one-two in RussiaWith this win, Hamilton stretched his lead to 73 points in drivers’ championshipFerrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third as his teammate Sebastian Vettel retired on 28th lapLewis Hamilton coasted to a comfortable victory and led a Mercedes one-two finish at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday to tighten his grip on a sixth World Championship.In a calamitous few laps for Ferrari, the Italian team threw away a possible one-two finish of its own after Sebastian Vettel broke down and Charles Leclerc dropped from first to third.Valtteri Bottas followed team-mate Hamilton home at the Sochi Autodrome as Mercedes secured the full quota of points. Hamilton now leads Bottas in the championship by 73 points with just 130 remaining. Leclerc is 107 points behind the British driver.Max Verstappen finished fourth ahead of Red Bull team-mate Alex Albon, who started last after he crashed out during qualifying.Ferrari had already got themselves into a needless mess before Vettel retired with an engine failure on lap 28.Vettel got the jump on pole-sitter Leclerc on the long drag down to the second corner but a curious pre-race arrangement had Leclerc calling for the roles to be reversed.It appears that the team had agreed that if Vettel benefited from Leclerc’s slipstream and moved ahead of the Frenchman off the start line, he would have to concede the position.Ferrari were on the radio to tell Vettel to let Leclerc by, but the four-time world champion resisted the order.Leclerc protested over the radio.”You put me behind and I respected everything,” he said. “We will talk later.”The Ferrari pit wall were on to Vettel again, but again the German refused to let his teammate pass, fearing that he would be exposed to Hamilton in third place if he slowed down.advertisementLeclerc was the first to stop on lap 22, but instead of calling in Vettel the next time around Vettel was left on old tires as his teammate put in several fast laps on his fresh tires.Four laps after Leclerc pitted, Vettel was eventually called in and by the time he emerged he had fallen behind his teammate and into second place.Just moments later disaster struck as Vettel broke down with an engine failure.It was then to get worse for the Scuderia. With Vettel’s broken down machine in a precarious position, the virtual safety car was deployed to slow down the field, allowing Hamilton, who had yet to pit, a free stop for tires and the lead of the race.Leclerc, meanwhile, declined to blame the team or his teammate for the mid-race drama.”I will always trust the team but the tactic was me giving the slipstream and for us to be one-two, which happened, but then I don’t know. I need to speak to the team to know the situation better.”Standing in the drivers’ championshipLewis Hamilton 322Valtteri Bottas 249Charles Leclerc 215Max Verstappen 212Sebastian Vettel 194Also Read | Russian GP: Charles Leclerc emulates Michael Schumacher with 4th pole in a rowAlso Read | Great job, really happy for you: Hamilton congratulates Vettel for Singapore GP winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Russian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two finish to end Ferrari’s 3-race winning runLewis Hamilton’s closest rival and Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas took second place, with Hamilton also banking an extra point for the fastest lap.advertisement
by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 3, 2017 9:40 am MDT Last Updated May 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX pulled lower by metals and materials stocks as U.S. Fed leaves rates unchanged TORONTO – Falling metals and materials stocks pulled the Toronto stock market moderately lower Wednesday, while the U.S. central bank announced it was leaving its key interest rate unchanged.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 76.51 points to 15,543.14, with all major sectors registering declines.On the corporate front, shares of Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) fell nearly 12 per cent or 91 cents to $6.84 after the troubled mortgage lender postponed the release of its financial results until May 11. The company had been scheduled to release the figures Wednesday.A number of other big companies reported earnings.The owner of the Toronto Star newspaper and other media operations reported a $24.4 million loss in its most recent quarter as it continued to deal with declining advertising revenue. The loss was an improvement from last year when the comparable losses were more than twice as big. Shares of Torstar (TSX:TS.B) shed more than nine per cent, or 16 cents, to $1.50.Loblaw (TSX:L), Canada’s biggest grocery and drug store retailer, reported $230 million in net earnings, up from $193 million in the same quarter last year. Its shares were barely changed, down 0.17 per cent or a penny to $76.86.Trading action was more muted in New York, as the Nasdaq composite index dropped 22.82 points to 6,072.55, a day after it hit a record on gains from technology stocks.The broader-based S&P 500 shed 3.04 points to 2,388.13, while the Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 8.01 points to 20,957.90.As expected, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it was leaving interest rates unchanged this month.The central bank had modestly raised its benchmark short-term rate in December and March, with most economists expecting it to do so again when it next meets in mid-June.It signalled that the Fed expects the U.S. economy to be resilient and that more hikes can be justified for this year.“It’s pretty much of what we had thought was going to happen,” said Colin Cieszynski, chief market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.“The Fed didn’t really say much and they’re just kind of leaving all their options open. They didn’t make any hints on June or when they may start cutting back their balance sheet.”In the currency market, the average value for the Canadian dollar was 72.92 cents US, up 0.03 of a cent from Tuesday.Commodities were mixed with the June crude contract ahead 16 cents at US$47.82 per barrel, while the June natural gas contract gained three cents at US$3.23 per mmBTU.The June gold contract pulled back $8.50 at US$1,248.50 an ounce and the July copper contract was down nine cents at US$2.54 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.