Motor racing: Spectacular Alonso crash proves worth of halo

Motor racing: Spectacular Alonso crash proves worth of halo

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc crash at the first corner on August 26. (REUTERS)   SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, August 26 (Reuters): Fernando Alonso crashed spectacularly out of the Belgian Grand Prix at the start on Sunday with his McLaren flying over the top of Charles Leclerc’s Sauber.   Nobody was hurt in the incident […]

Motor racing: Raikkonen keeps Ferrari on top in Belgian GP practice

Motor racing: Raikkonen keeps Ferrari on top in Belgian GP practice

Ferrari engineers with Kimi Raikkonen’s car during practice on August 24 (REUTERS)   SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, August 24 (Reuters): Spa veteran Kimi Raikkonen kept Ferrari on top of the Belgian Grand Prix practice timesheets on Friday, just ahead of Formula One world championship leader Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.   Finnish driver Raikkonen, four times a winner at […]

Motor racing: Red Bull deny approach to Alonso for 2019

Motor racing: Red Bull deny approach to Alonso for 2019

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, august 24 (Reuters): Red Bull have denied making an offer to McLaren’s Fernando Alonso as they sought a replacement for Australian Daniel Ricciardo.   Double world champion Alonso, who has announced he is leaving Formula One at the end of the season, told reporters on Thursday at the Belgian Grand Prix that he […]

Motor racing: We are still Force India, says new team boss

Motor racing: We are still Force India, says new team boss

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, August 24 (Reuters): Force India fans should continue to refer to the Formula One team by its old name despite the outfit’s rebirth as a new mid-season entry with no Indian involvement, boss Otmar Szafnauer said on Friday.   The governing FIA announced on Thursday that Sahara Force India had become Racing Point […]

Motor racing: Ricciardo wanted ‘change of scenery’, Verstappen unconvinced

Motor racing: Ricciardo wanted ‘change of scenery’, Verstappen unconvinced

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso during a press conference ahead of the Belgian. (REUTERS)   SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, August 23 (Reuters): Daniel Ricciardo has justified his surprise decision to leave Red Bull for Renault next year by saying he simply needed a change of scenery – but team mate […]

Motor racing: Ocon has faith in Mercedes to resolve his future

Motor racing: Ocon has faith in Mercedes to resolve his future

Force India’s Esteban Ocon ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix on August 23 (REUTERS)   SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, August 23 (Reuters): French Formula One driver Esteban Ocon put his faith in his management and Mercedes on Thursday after an expected move from Force India to Renault was scuppered by Australian Daniel Ricciardo.   The 21-year-old Mercedes protege […]

World Cup 2018: Belgium overpower tired England to secure third place

World Cup 2018: Belgium overpower tired England to secure third place

Belgium players celebrate with their medals after Third Place Play Off match with England at Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia on July 14. (REUTERS/Lee Smith)   ST PETERSBURG, July 14 (Reuters):  Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup and […]

Belgium third in World Cup after 2-0 win over England

Belgium third in World Cup after 2-0 win over England

England’s Harry Kane and Belgium’s Mousa Dembele embrace at the end of the match. (REUTERS/Henry Romero)   ST PETERSBURG, July 14 (Reuters):  Belgium finished third in the World Cup, their best-ever performance, when they beat England 2-0 with an early Thomas Meunier goal and a breakaway finished by Eden Hazard in Saturday’s playoff between the […]

‘France were lucky,’ Belgian PM tells Macron

‘France were lucky,’ Belgian PM tells Macron

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel speaks with the media as he arrives at the Alliance’s headquarters ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium on  July 11.(REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi)   BRUSSELS, July 11 (Reuters): The Belgian prime minister told French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday that France had been very fortunate to beat Belgium and reach the […]

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

National tensions simmer ahead of Belgium-France World Cup semi-final

The general view Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg Russia during training on July 9. REUTERS/Michael Dalder Photo)   PARIS/BRUSSELS, July 10 (Reuters): It’s a showdown between “Asterix” and “Tintin”. Les Bleus (The Blues) versus Les Diables Rouges (The Red Devils). France against Belgium. The World Cup equivalent of a local derby, with a heavy dose […]

World Cup 2018: Factbox – France vs. Belgium

World Cup 2018: Factbox – France vs. Belgium

  Reuters   Belgium and France meet in the World Cup semi-final at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday. It will be only the second semi-final appearance for Belgium, but for France, it is a sixth. Where: Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg Capacity: 68,134 When: Tuesday, July 10, 21:00 local (1800 GMT) Referee: Uruguayan Andres Cunha […]