What a strange headline to read today coming from an already turbulent part of the world. As crime issues continue in Rio de Janeiro with the Summer Olympic Games nearing, signs around the densely-populated city speak of unsafe conditions for visitors at a time when Rio is hanging on to hope of being a great host city.
And now the new story coming out of Brazil is that wife of Bernie Ecclestone, F1 supremo and head of Formula One Management, has been informed her mom’s been kidnapped and held for ransom. What’s going on down there in Brazil, anyway? Supposedly Fabiana Flosi’s mother, Aparecida Schunk, was kidnapped this past Friday and a $36.5 million dollar ransom is demanded from her captors.
OK, so $36.5 million in ransom? What’s the extra half million dollars in ransom for anyway? And what’s really going to happen to Schunck ahead of the Olympic Games? This must be a super-tense time in Brazil and surely international security forces are converging on this city to make preparations for the arrival of the world’s athletes to the world’s biggest competition stage. Could this be to Ms. Schunck’s advantage and hasten the capture of her captor(s)?
Also, Bernie Ecclestone, a man filled with brazen quotes about motor racing, a “woman’s place” in motorsport, and generally a headline-inventing machine of a human being, has not yet commented publicly.
Here’s hoping that the next time we hear from him he has good news to tell.
This is just an absolutely insane and scary video of just how deadly lightning can be. Take a look at this video out of Chicago and think about your parents always telling you to never hide under a tree in a storm.
Yeah, that’s really good advice right about now…
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
I should have started my day with this one instead of almost being completely through the work day. Hope this helps send love out to all those in the world – we need it and we need to share in it.
Wishing you a great day – and night.
Lewis Hamilton continues his upward climb against Nico Rosberg in the World Championship yesterday at the GP of Hungary. He’s got the lead now and wrestling it away from him is going to be a tough task.
Hamilton got the lead at the beginning of the race and was much too dominant to let Rosberg back into the picture. He trailed by 1 point going into the weekend and now leads by 6 against a struggling Nico.
Good ole’ Fernando Alonso hindered Hamilton in Saturday’s Q3 qualifying session after the Spaniard spun while just ahead of Hamilton as the checkers flew on the session. Meanwhile, Nico took full advantage of his last qualifying run to edge ahead of Hamilton for P1, only to lose it at turn 1 on Sunday.
Who can stop Hamilton right now beside Nico? Not sure, as Lewis is driving with tons of confidence and Nico hasn’t really had his measure lately. Nevertheless, Nico has had a great season so far and if he can dig deep in qualifying runs, he may just be able to keep the rest of this season tight for the top spot in the Mercedes intra-team battle.
Jackson Wink MMA took another crushing blow with Holly Holm’s loss at UFC on Fox in Chicago this past weekend. Valentina Shevchenko bounced up from a first round knockdown by Holm, who connected on a ferociously fast left-right-left of punches that never really surfaced again for the duration of the fight.
Video link for highlight courtesy of YouTube
The ever-humble Holly stated that it was her own performance, and not her training, that led to the unanimous 49-46 four-rounds-to-one decision that Shevchenko truly earned on Saturday night.
Opinion: Holm was tentative after letting her hands fly in that first round and was easy for Shevchenko to figure out for the remaining 4 rounds. Holly does not seem to show the same rage in the ring that, say, Amanda Nunes shows, but has all the skills and conditioning to unleash hell on whatever opponent she comes up against.
See Holly Holm v. Ronda Rousey for more on that…
Regardless of what anybody thinks of Lenny Fresquez, Holm’s manager, if Holly is truly the one making decisions as to who she fights, then she needs to believe that she can come out and bomb on whomever she comes up against. Why not ask to be lined up with Rousey/Tate for the big money rematches there. She can also be “Humble Holly” and take whatever fight the UFC throws at here, regardless of money. Either way, she has TO WIN that next fight if she stays within the top 10 of WMMA bantamweight division.
Always a fan of Holly and hoping that she takes her own advice and makes the mental adjustments that get her psyche in line with her amazing skills and fitness.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. #blessedmonday
Toto Wolff tells the media that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have been warned about the possible consequences that another on-track collision could bring. One of those consequences is a race ban…
Could you imagine the fallout from Hamilton’s crazy fans if Mercedes were to actually pull him from a race? Report’s out that the Mercedes AMG Petronas team have given their drivers each a final warning that another contact and crash could see Hamilton or Rosberg suspended for a subsequent race.
Not sure if Rosberg has fans that would foam at the mouth if he ever got pulled, but seems Hamilton has that kind of support and the F1 world would be turned on its head over something like this. What would the Prost/Senna battle looked like if Ron Dennis had actually suspended one of them for blocking or crashing into each other as they fought to keep the other behind?
For a driver, F1 competition starts with your teammate, no matter which team you drive for. Beat your teammate and be favored amongst the team you drive for. Then you take on the rest of the grid. Suspending a driver for trying to stand their ground in an intra-team rivalry is a hard line to cross for any team, especially one that has completely dominated the last few seasons of the current engine regs in F1.
Teams can only go so far in telling their drivers “to behave.” But when they stick them in the corner to punish them while their teammate gets to drive (and gain a points advantage), I’m not sure if any team could justify that. Then again, perhaps these drivers will give Mercedes a reason to test this punishment as they duke it out for the top spot in the Drivers Championship this year.
Thanks to Autosport for the report.