England only need a draw from the upcoming Third Test at Old Trafford to retain the Ashes, but in reality they’ll be looking for another win as they work towards their first ever whitewash of Australia in a five-match series. The tourists were humiliated at Lord’s, losing by a massive margin of 347 runs, and their batting looks in disarray heading into this crucial match. In fact, if Australia don’t improve significantly then their best chance of not going 3-0 down is to pray for some traditional Manchester weather.
This is the second part of my look back at the current F1 season. In this article I will look at the races from Monaco through to Hungary, if you want to see my thoughts on the first five races then click on the link below.
We are now ten races into the Formula 1 season and there is now a four-week gap until the next race as the teams take their summer break, so this is a good time to look back at the season so far. I have split this into two articles – the first will look at the races from Australia to Spain, and the second will look at the races from Monaco to Hungary.
Lewis Hamilton took his first win for Mercedes with a superb performance at the Hungaroring. Kimi Raikkonen yet again used a different strategy to good effect, making one less stop than most of the others to take second, while Sebastien Vettel had to settle for third.
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England have recalled James Taylor, Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar for the third Test at Old Trafford, starting this Thursday. Steven Finn has surprisingly been dropped along with Graham Onions, but Kevin Pietersen keeps his place in the squad despite his calf injury.
Lewis Hamilton snatched a dramatic pole position from the clutches of Sebastien Vettel in the final few seconds of qualifying at the Hungaroring. The Mercedes driver sounded surprised by his own performance as he beat Vettel by 0.038 seconds, with Lotus’ Romain Grosjean strongly placed in third.
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Sweden: Norway and Germany will face each other in the final of the Women’s Euro 2013 Championship. Germany beat the hosts Sweden 1-0 in their semi-final while Norway had to go to penalties to beat Denmark. The two countries have had a monopoly on the championship since its inception, with Germany winning six times and Norway once.
After a three-week break the F1 circus heads to the Hungaroring for the tenth round of this year’s world championship. This is the last race before the summer break and Vettel will be looking to consolidate his lead after his win last time out at his home race in Germany. Meanwhile, his main championship rivals Raikkonen and Alonso will be hoping that the changes to the tyres for the rest of the season will work in their favour.
Red Bull have announced an agreement that will see the return of the Red Bull Ring, previously known as the A1 Ring, to the Formula 1 calendar for the 2014 season. The last race held there was in 2003, and since then the circuit has been bought by Austrian drinks company Red Bull and renovated, though the layout of the track is essentially the same as the last time F1 visited. With Austria joining the calendar for 2014 along with Russia and New Jersey, there will be 22 races next season if none of the current venues are dropped. Bernie Ecclestone and the teams have indicated in the past that a season should consist of no more than 20 tracks, so the question is, which venues are in danger of being kicked off the calendar?