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    Shocking moment car explodes at 306mph during NHRA Funny Car race leaving driver John Force in hospital

    RACING driver John Force has been hospitalized following a terrifying 306mph fireball crash.The 75-year-old was rushed from the track following the incident at an NHRA event in Virginia on Sunday.Drag racer John Force has walked away from a terrifying 306 mph crashCredit: X @ @JohnForce_FCForce’s engine exploded during an NHRA Funny Car race on SundayCredit: TSN sportsDrag race legend Force was behind the wheel of a PEAK Chevy Camaro as he took on Terry Haddock in a high-speed run.Force won the race after clocking an eye-watering 306.62 mph at Virginia Motorsports Park.As he crossed the line the engine on his Chevy exploded, per The Daily Mail.The force sent Force’s car spinning across the track in a ball of flame, coming to rest by a concrete barrier. Miraculously, the veteran driver walk away from the car under his own steam.”Force was alert and was examined onside by the NHRA Medical Team before being transported to a local medical facility for further evaluation,” an NHRA statement read.”He’s one tough son of a b***h, I know that. He’ll be back,” Force’s teammate Austin Prock told TSN Sports.”It’s just tough to see somebody go through that. I hope he’s all right. Most read in Motorsport”Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. I know he’ll be back.””Wow.. incredible he survived that and at 75. Lifting him up in my prayers,” wrote one stunned fan on X after seeing the footage. Meet Natalie Decker Lemke, the stunning Nascar star breaking down barriers whose motto is ‘this Barbie has Arthritis'”I absolutely love John Force and his great family race team!” said another. “It’s time, hang up your helmet. You’ve won everything. This should be it,” said a third. Force began his drag racing career in 1978 and is a 16-time NHRA champion.He has clocked a career-best speed of 337.16 mph and is the only driver in NHRA history to have won more than 10 championships in his division.Three weeks ago in New Hampshire, Force raced to his record 157th NHRA victory and second of the season.My dad’s going to be alright. Courtney ForceBack in 2007, the veteran racer suffered a broken ankle and dislocated wrist after being airlifted from a crash during the Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas.Force has three children who also compete in the race, with his daughter Courtney alongside him as he was taken to hospital on Sunday.”My dad’s going to be all right,” she told Competition Plus, via Nine News. READ MORE SUN STORIES”I was in the ambulance with him, holding his hand. “He’s one of the toughest people I know. He’ll bounce back like he always does.” More

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    Max Verstappen grins as he walks in on Lewis Hamilton napping in press conference room after Brit’s first podium of 2024

    MAX VERSTAPPEN poked fun at Lewis Hamilton after disrupting his nap at the end of the Spanish Grand Prix.Hamilton picked up his first podium of the season after finishing third behind Lando Norris and winner Verstappen.Max Verstappen interrupted Lewis Hamilton as he enjoyed a post-race napCredit: GettyVerstappen joked his rival was ‘getting old’Credit: GettyHamilton was listening to Bob Marley as he relaxedCredit: GettyThe Brit finished third behind winner Verstappen and Lando NorrisCredit: GettyAnd he clearly felt a little fatigued by his exploits as he took a chance for a bit of shut-eye ahead of the post-race press conference.Hamilton, 39, lay down on a sofa as he listened to Bob Marley to unwind from the race.But Verstappen interrupted his chill out session as he sat down to speak to press, causing Hamilton to sit up.The Dutchman then joked: “Oh, lovely. He’s clearly getting old… clearly getting a bit old. Get a massage.”READ MORE IN F1Hamilton chuckled in response before preparing himself to speak to members of the media.It was a positive day for the Brit who believes he and Mercedes are making progress as the season goes on.He said after the race: “It has been a good day, a solid weekend. “I have to say a big thank you to the team as they have been training so hard. The strategy and the pitstops were really on point.Most read in MotorsportBEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERS🏁 Complete F1 2024 race calendar – details on every Grand Prix and start time this year 🏁 “Unfortunately I got a really bad start and lost ground to the Ferraris so it was a battle to get back. “With a better start… I don’t know if we could have held on to the guys ahead but I don’t think we would have been as far behind.”Inside track on Hamilton’s lifeLEWIS HAMILTON has driven his way into pole position as Formula One’s most prolific winner.
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    Lando Norris apologises for ‘f***ing up start’ after coming second at Spanish GP as Hamilton lands first podium of 2024

    LEWIS HAMILTON toasted his first podium of the season as Max Verstappen showed everyone how it’s done once again.Seven-time world champion Hamilton finished in third place as Red Bull’s Verstappen snatched first place from Lando Norris who started in pole position.”Mega. What a great surprise to come here and get these points. We are making improvements. Let’s keep pushing. We are nearly there.” Lewis Hamilton is happy after finishing P3 💪— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) June 23, 2024

    Lewis Hamilton finished on the podium for the first time this seasonCredit: GettyLando Norris apologised to his team over his poor startCredit: GettyHamilton’s last podium came back in October 2023 when he finished second place in Mexico City.It was a week after he was disqualified from the US Grand Prix, where he also finished second, due to an illegal car.He said: “It’s a great surprise to come here and get these points. Let’s keep pushing, we’re nearly there.”Dutch driver Verstappen has now won three of the last four races to put the two-finger salute up to any shouts that his team were in crisis.READ MORE IN F1There was no messing out from George Russell in a dramatic start who soared into first place from fourth, dropping Norris to third while Verstappen stayed in second.Verstappen may as well have said “hold my beer” as he had seen enough and nipped back into first place on lap three.You could practically hear the groans echoing around the Barcelona circuit as any sign of a change from Verstappen’s dominance had been so short lived.CASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSThe Ferraris, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, closed in and nosed ahead of Hamilton and Russell who both pitted.Most read in SportBut Hamilton bulldozed down the inside of Sainz on lap 19 with the pair very nearly making contact, leaving the Spanish driver fuming.Lando Norris sheepishly admits he has ‘many girlfriends’ during lie detector test amid links to glam Portuguese modelNorris hit back strongly and the comeback was on as he breezed past Sainz for fourth before closing in on Hamilton and overtaking him for third on lap 32.The McLaren driver battled back and forth with Russell for second place on lap 35 before coming out on top.Norris was chipping away at Verstappen but a sluggish pit stop left him a whopping eight seconds behind Verstappen with 20 laps to go.Hamilton cut family ties by dancing around the outside of his Mercedes teammate Russell to take third place on lap 52. More

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    Lando Norris overcomes McLaren fire scare to snatch Spanish GP pole by 0.020 seconds before roaring ‘let’s go, baby!’

    LANDO NORRIS knocked Max Verstappen off his perch to toast pole position at the Barcelona Grand Prix.The British 24-year-old roared “let’s go baby” as he beat Verstappen by 0:020 seconds after overcoming a fire in McLaren’s motorhome on Saturday morning.Lando Norris claimed his second pole of the season in BarcelonaCredit: ReutersHe pipped Max Verstappen to first place by the slimmest of marginsCredit: ReutersLando Norris, centre, was evacuated from the team bus as a result of a fireWorld champion Verstappen settled for second place in his Red Bull while Lewis Hamilton beat his Mercedes team-mate Russell to line up in P3.Norris added: “It was pretty much a perfect lap, the whole thing went perfectly.“I’m super happy. It was one of the best pole positions I’ve ever had.”There was trouble in the Mercedes camp throughout with Russell fuming with the way Hamilton was prepping a lap late on in Q3.READ MORE IN F1He said: “What the **** was Lewis doing prepping that lap.”Hamilton, who toasted his first finish in the top three this season, said after the race: “I didn’t expect to be in for pole necessarily but every now and then there looked to be bits that had us close.”We have made huge steps forward and it is really down to every single individual back at the factory who is working on design, pushing in making the new parts we get to bring to these races.”Slowly the car is crafting into a racing machine with which we can hopefully fight the guys in front.Most read in Motorsport”George did a great job as well so hopefully tomorrow we can apply the pressure on the guys in front.”BEST FREE BET SIGN UP OFFERS FOR UK BOOKMAKERS🏁 Complete F1 2024 race calendar – details on every Grand Prix and start time this year 🏁 McLaren’s motorhome was evacuated on Saturday morning after a fire broke out above the kitchen leaving one McLaren team member in hospital “as a precaution”.Emergency services rushed to the scene in Barcelona after a suspected electrical fire leaving drivers Norris and Oscar Piastri evacuated as well as team personnel, guests and media.Charles Leclerc signs Ferrari contract extension as F1 star looks to end Max Verstappen’s dominanceMcLaren said in a statement: “This morning a fire was detected in our trackside Team Hub.”The team hub was evacuated of all staff and guests, and circuit emergency services attended the scene within minutes. The circuit emergency services and local fire department have since extinguished the fire.”One McLaren team member has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and all McLaren personnel and guests are accounted for.”We would like to thank all the marshals and emergency services for their quick and professional response. We would also like to thank Formula 1, the FIA and our competitors who have offered to help our team and guests this weekend.”Several fire engines attended the scene with firemen rushing into the motorhome with hoses to put out the fire, as well as ambulances.Two firemen were taken away in an ambulance for smoke inhalation checks.FP3 or qualifying was not impacted ahead of the chaos in the Paddock. More

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    Charles Leclerc in X-rated rant at Lando Norris caught live on Sky Sports as he escapes punishment for shock collision

    CHARLES LECLERC sparked controversy when he collided with Lando Norris and launched an X-rated rant live on Sky Sports.But the Ferrari ace escaped punishment after stewards reviewed the dramatic incident in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.Viewers were shocked to see and hear the incident as Charles Leclerc overtook Lando Norris before cutting back inside and hitting out verballyLeclerc seemed to think Brit Norris – who went on to take pole for Sunday’s race – was holding him back unfairly on the Barcelona track.Eventually the Monégasque driver overtook the 24-year-old’s McLaren as he entered turns 7/8.But Leclerc cut back sharply to the inside racing line – appearing to clip Norris’ wing mirror quite clearly.The 26-year-old was then heard saying: “F*****. I don’t understand why they did it.”READ MORE TOP STORIESThat’s thought to be his verdict on the tactics of Norris and his team.Stewards watched replays of the exchange – before “reprimanding” Leclerc but NOT giving him a grid penalty.Their statement read: “The Stewards heard from the driver of Car 16 (Charles Leclerc), the driver of Car 4 (Lando Norris), team representatives and reviewed video, team radio and in-car video evidence.”The driver of Car 16 stated that he got impeded by Car 4 into Turn 5 and that upset him.Most read in MotorsportLeclerc seemed frustrated before finally overtaking NorrisEURO 2024 FREE BETS AND OFFERS”He then had to abort his flying lap and contended that, while trying to get off the racing line before Turn 7, he misjudged the position of his car and made slight contact with Car 4.”Irrespective of any possible intent, the Stewards consider the move made by Car 16, whilst not being dangerous, to be erratic and therefore issue a driving reprimand in line with precedents.”🏁 Complete F1 2024 race calendar – details on every Grand Prix and start time this year 🏁 But fans on social media seemed to reckon Leclerc got off lightly.One demanded: “Weekend ban immediately.  Utterly disgraceful.”Another posted: “I have no idea what Leclerc has done this. No excuse.”Lando later rubbed salt into Leclerc’s wounds by nicking pole from F1 world champion and current table leader Max Verstappen.Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton out-qualified Mercedes team-mate George Russell for just the second occasion this year as they took third and fourth spots. F1 2025 gridHere are the confirmed driver line ups for the F1 2025 season so far:
    Red Bull: Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez
    Ferrari: Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes: George Russell and TBC
    McLaren: Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri
    Aston Martin: Fernando Alonso and TBC
    Williams: Alex Albon and TBC
    Sauber: Nico Hulkenberg and TBC
    Alpine: TBC x2
    RB: TBC x2
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    Emergency services rush to blaze at Spanish GP and McLaren hospitality suite evacuated after ‘fire in kitchen’

    A FIRE reportedly broke out in the kitchen of McLaren’s hospitality suite ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.Emergency services were called to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this morning ahead of the final practice session.Firefighters were called to a blaze at the Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaCredit: AFPThe McLaren team hub was evacuatedCredit: GettyIt is understood the fire started in the kitchen before the smoke spreadCredit: GettyMcLaren have confirmed no team members were injured in the fire that broke out at their hospitality area ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.Two fire personnel have been taken away to be treated for smoke inhalation, but their condition is not thought to be serious.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 22, 2024

    The blaze started inside with several fire engines and crews of firefighters arriving to get the chaos under control.An ambulance was also on the scene but McLaren confirmed no team members were injured. However, two people were taken away to be treated for smoke inhalation.But it is understood their condition is not serious.READ MORE ON F1Sky Sports News reported the incident related to a kitchen fire within the VIP area of the British-based team. The smoke spread to the top floor of the hospitality suite and therefore the entire building was evacuated. The fire was put out within minutes with extra security measures put in place.McLaren driver Lando Norris was pictured in his socks on the tarmac looking at the building – although it is unclear if the photo was taken before or after the evacuation.Most read in MotorsportCASINO SPECIAL – BEST CASINO WELCOME OFFERSMcLaren wrote on X: “This morning we evacuated our Team Hub paddock hospitality unit following a fire alert.”The team has been safely evacuated while the local fire brigade handle the issue.”Fears Lando Norris’ extreme fitness regime is UNSUSTAINABLE as F1 star’s workout and diet are revealed🏁 Complete F1 2024 race calendar – details on every Grand Prix and start time this year 🏁 Formula One made no reference to the incident on their own feed.Instead, they gave updates on third practice, which got underway at 11.30am – 12.30pm local time in Barcelona.Temperatures are set to peak at approximately 25C in the Spanish city today.Lewis Hamilton went quickest during Friday’s sessions as he looks to end his long wait for a race win – stretching back to December 2021.Qualifying takes place this afternoon with the race tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.And teams will know the importance of a strong performance in qualifying because 30 of the last 33 Spanish Grand Prix have been won by drivers starting on the front row – and 24 from pole. Max Verstappen is once again the runaway leader in the 2024 drivers’ championship – 56 points clear of Charles Leclerc with Norris seven further back in third. Firefighters tackled the blaze and put the fire outCredit: AFPTwo people were taken away to be treated after inhaling smokeCredit: Rex More

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    Michael Schumacher blackmail plot revealed as two arrested over plan to ‘extort millions’ from stricken F1 star’s family

    TWO men have been arrested over a chilling blackmail plot against the stricken family of iconic Formula One driver Michael Schumacher.German cops claim the pair of alleged criminals planned to extort millions from the Schumacher’s as part of the terrible ordeal.Two men have been arrested over a blackmail plot against iconic Formula One drive Michael Schumacher and his familyCredit: GettyMichael with his wife Corinna and their two children Mick and Gina-MariaCredit: NetflixMichael’s wife Corinna has been targeted by blackmailers in the past looking to extort millions from the stricken familyCredit: Getty Images – GettyThe two men from Wuppertal, Germany were caught on Wednesday and are waiting to be taken into court. The exact details around the failed extortion attempt are unknown.Wolf-Tilman Baumert, spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office, told BILD: “We are investigating a case of blackmail to the detriment of a celebrity and have executed arrest warrants in this case. “We cannot provide any further information at this time.”read more in SchumacherMichael, who hasn’t been seen or heard from for over a decade after a horror ski crash, has been looked after by his close-knit family since the accident.His inner circle is headed up by wife Corinna who has been targeted by fiends in the past.In 2016, a 25-year-old man known as Hüseyin B sent a threatening email to Corinna targeting the couple’s children. The mum-of-two quickly passed on the email to the police who swiftly tracked down the painter.Most read in MotorsportAfter being arrested, the thug was sent to court where a judge sentenced him for a year and nine months behind bars.The perpetrator was reportedly caught after he told Corinna to send him the money to his personal bank account – something the police easily traced back.At the hearing, judge Eberhard Hausch said: “To put it gently, putting your own account number there is not very smart.” Schuey’s family awarded £170k damages over AI-generated ‘chat with F1 star’In May, the Schumacher family were awarded £170,000 in compensation after a magazine published a fake AI-generated interview with the racing legend.German publication Die Aktuelle claimed to have secured a “world exclusive” with the severely injured Ferrari great last April despite Michael not being seen publicly since his 2013 skiing accident. In a two-page spread, promoted with a picture of Schumacher, it claimed the seven-time F1 champ had said “My life has totally changed”.The sickening bot even spoke about the racing hero’s physical condition, family and future recovery prospects.Another legal battle in 2016 was waged after German magazine Bunte reported the racing legend “could walk”.The court case led to a few small pieces of information being revealed, with Schumacher’s lawyers confirming he still couldn’t walk.Corinna also reportedly led the effort to hide a ghoulish photo of the F1 legend that was reportedly snapped and then smuggled out by a “friend” and offered around to news outlets for a whopping £1million.READ MORE SUN STORIESGerman prosecutors called the disgusting act a “violation of his personal range of life” and breach of privacy.Corinna reportedly demanded the cops take action, but the media outlet refused to reveal its source – and also claimed it never saw any of the images of Schumacher.What happened to Michael Schumacher?
    MICHAEL Schumacher’s life was hanging by a thread 10-years-ago as medics tried desperately to keep him alive after a tragic skiing crash that left him with horrific brain injuries.
    The F1 legend was given the best possible treatment as he was put into a medically induced coma, had his body temperature lowered and underwent hours of tricky operations on his brain.
    Back in 2013, the retired seven-time world champion, and his then 14-year-old son set off on the Combe de Saulire ski run in the exclusive French resort of Meribel.
    Footage from his helmet camera revealed he was not travelling at excessive speed when his skis struck a rock hidden beneath the snow.
    He catapulted forward 11.5ft and crashed into a boulder head first that split his helmet into two and left him needing to be airlifted to hospital for two life-saving operations.
    At one point his family were told to brace themselves for the worst case scenario as the situation was much worse than originally believed.
    At the time, medics said Schumacher was likely to stay in an induced coma for at least 48 hours as his body and mind recovered.
    But the coma ended up lasting 250 days – more than eight months.
    After he woke up in June 2014, he was discharged from hospital and sent to his home in Lake Geneva to get further treatment.
    Since then his wife Corinna and his inner circle of friends have expertly avoided almost anything leaking out about his health status.
    Only small amounts of information have been released including reports that Schumacher was in a wheelchair but can react to things around him.
    In 2019, it was said that Schumacher was set to undergo breakthrough stem cell therapy in a bid to regenerate and rebuild his nervous system.
    Renowned France cardiologist Dr Philippe Menasche, who had operated on him previously, was set to carry out the treatment that would see cells from his heart go to his brain.
    Following the treatment at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris, he was said to be “conscious”, although few other details were given about his state.

    Michael hasn’t been seen or heard from since his skiing accident in 2013Credit: AlamyThe two children were said to have been threatened in 2016 via an email by a 25-year-old blackmailerCredit: InstagramThe Schumacher family were awarded £170,000 in compensation after a magazine published a fake AI-generated interview with the racing legend More

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    Horror crash as car spins out of control and flips upside down on infamous corner at 70mph during Le Mans 24 hour race

    THE 24 hour crash at Le Mans was rocked by a horror crash with just six and a half hours of the race to go.Daniel Mancinelli, 35, found his Aston Martin swinging out of control on the infamous Indianapolis corner.Mancinelli’s car was sent veering offCredit: X @24hoursoflemansIt was sent into a spinCredit: X @24hoursoflemansThe barrier absorbed the full force of the crashCredit: X @24hoursoflemansThe car was flipped onto its roofCredit: X @24hoursoflemansThat saw the car swing round in a circle before slamming into the tyre wall.And the force of the impact saw the car flip upside down after the crash.Luckily Mancinelli was able to emerge from his hypercar unscathed.The crash ended any hope Aston Martin had of achieving a podium victory at the 24 hour race.READ MORE SPORTConcerned fans took to X to wish Mancinelli well.One fan wrote: “Glad the driver is ok ✅ #LEMANS24″Another said: “Hell of a surprise to the crew right behind the tire wall/fence! 😬”A third said: “Happy that the driver is o.k.”Most read in MotorsportThe crash snet debris flying everywhereCredit: X @24hoursoflemansCars had to narrowly avoid Mancinelli’s carCredit: X @24hoursoflemansA shocked team-mate looked on from the paddockCredit: X @24hoursoflemansEURO 2024 FREE BETS AND OFFERSAnd a fourth said: “Woooow! Damn!!”Mancinellu’s team-mate was also seen looking on with a concerned look from the paddoock.The Sun’s Ben Hunt reveals his five greatest Formula One Drivers Ever – with Michael Schumacher in between two BritsIndianapolis corner is known to be one of the most infamous at Le Mans.It’s known for its tricky entry which has to be entered at break-neck speeds, making crashes on this corner common.Inside track on Hamilton’s lifeLEWIS HAMILTON has driven his way into pole position as Formula One’s most prolific winner. More