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Formula 1: McLaren to return to Mercedes engines from 2021 season

The McLaren Formula 1 team, who has used Renault engines since last year, will switch to Mercedes engines from the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season, the BBC reported on Friday, September 27, from the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.

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Formula 1: McLaren to return to Mercedes engines from 2021 season

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The McLaren Formula 1 team, who has used Renault engines since last year, will switch to Mercedes engines from the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season, the BBC reported on Friday, September 27, from the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.

The decision,reviving a partnership that previously ran from 1995 until the end of 2014, has been made as McLaren seek to return to competitiveness after a dip in fortunes in recent years.

“This agreement is an important step in our long-term plan to return to success in Formula 1,” said McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown.

Brown added, “Mercedes is the benchmark, both as a team and a power unit, so it is natural we would seek to secure a relationship with the company for the next phase of our journey.”

After the previous partnership completed, McLaren made an ill-fated switch to Honda which lasted for three years, then switched to Renault last year.

McLaren’s decision to return to Mercedes is based on two key factors – the Mercedes engine has been stronger than Renault’s since turbo-hybrid engines were introduced in 2014 and a customer supply with the German company is cheaper, BBC reported. 

“McLaren have been putting in place the building blocks of their revival over recent seasons, including impressive performances this season with Renault power,” said Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff.

“We hope that this new long-term agreement marks another milestone for McLaren as they aim to take the fight to the sport’s top teams, including our Mercedes works team.”

In reaction to the announcement Renault F1 boss, Cyril Abiteboul, said, “Since our partnership began, McLaren has gone from ninth to fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship.

“We can therefore consider this a very successful relationship. However, while looking beyond the terms of the current contract, which concludes at the end of 2020, it was apparent that Renault and McLaren have different ambitions for the future,” he added.

McLaren’s move to Mercedes in 2021 will leave Renault with only one team using its engines – its own factory team.

Whereas, Mercedes supplies its factory team as well as Racing Point and Williams – and now McLaren from 2021. Ferrari supplies Alfa Romeo and Haas in addition to its own works team.

Honda now supplies Red Bull and their junior team Toro Rosso.

The last time McLaren won a Grand Prix was in Brazil 2012 with Jenson Button driving the Mercedes powered MP4-27.

McLaren powered by Mercedes won 77 times during a successful F1 partnership that began in the mid-nineties and delivered three drivers’ titles, a couple with Mika Hakkinen in 1998-1999 and one with Lewis Hamilton in 2008.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Gautam Gambhir explains why he doesn’t smile

Gautam Gambhir said he is not in the entertainment industry neither he is a Bollywood actor, he is a cricketer, and his job is to win matches and create a winning atmosphere in dressing room.

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Gautam Gambhir explains why he doesn’t smile

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor has received many criticisms for not smiling and always keeping his game face on. The former India opener is known for his aggressive expressions, and he has responded to this with a bold statement.

R. Ashwin interviewed Gautam Gambhir recently where he asked him that asks why he doesn’t smiles. The former Indian cricketer said that he doesn’t understand when people talk about him not smiling, laughing, and always being intense, grumpy, and looking like he is walking on the edge with his game face on. Gambhir said, people don’t come to watch him smile, they come to watch their team win. He said that the kind of profession they are in, he can’t help but work with this attitude in the industry.

The World Cup winner said he is not in the entertainment industry neither he is a Bollywood actor, he is a cricketer, and his job is to win matches and create a winning atmosphere in dressing room. He said he has all the rights to fight for himself, fight for his teammates, and do every possible thing within the spirit of the game to try and defeat the opponent team.

The KKR mentor said continued saying that people say he is too hard and plays in a certain way. He does because it helps him perform to the best of his abilities. He said it’s his characteristic because he is obsessed with winning, and that’s the problem, Gambhir said.

Fans on social media have reacted to this interview by saying this winning mentality is the best quality of Gautam Gambhir, as he always tries his best, and that’s why he is the No. 1 among Indian local coaches. Many users praised Gambhir for his winning attitude towards the game and how professional he is.

Under Gambhir’s mentorship, KKR will play for a spot in the final when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 1 today at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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CSK official reveals MS Dhoni’s plan on retirement

CSK was eliminated from IPL 2024 after a defeat by Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final league match on Saturday.

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The former captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), MS Dhoni, hasn’t yet announced his retirement plan or whether he plans to continue his career in the IPL, but a CSK official has revealed a message Dhoni gave to the management.

CSK was eliminated from IPL 2024 after a defeat by Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final league match on Saturday. Both teams had 14 points each, but due to a higher net-run rate, RCB led by Faf du Plessis qualified for the playoffs. CSK fans were sad not only about the defeat of their team but also about the fact that they might see MS Dhoni for the last time in the IPL. However, a CSK official has revealed that he hasn’t commented on his potential retirement.

The unnamed CSK official revealed that Dhoni has requested that the team management hold off on any decisions regarding his retirement for a few months. He said that Dhoni himself hasn’t reached a conclusion and might be considering another season.

The official also mentioned that Dhoni felt comfortable with his running between the wickets during the IPL, a key concern for some fans regarding his age. Additionally, the introduction of the impact player rule in IPL 2024 might influence Dhoni’s decision. This rule allows teams to bring in a substitute player during the second strategic break, potentially offering Dhoni a more specific role within the team that is less physically demanding.

With Dhoni maintaining his silence and the possibility of the ‘Impact Player’ rule working in his favour, CSK fans might not have seen the last of their beloved captain just yet. The official said that the management would wait for Dhoni’s message on the topic and added that MS Dhoni has always had the best interests of the team in mind.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Rohit Sharma did not mince his words as he targeted Star Sports following the viral video clip where he spoke about his chat with Abhishek Nayar.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday slammed Star Sports for recording and broadcasting his private conversation. Sharma took to his social media platform on X and posted that in spite of asking Star Sports to not record his conversation; it was recorded and was also then broadcasted on air, which he referred to as a breach of his privacy.

This comes after a video featuring Rohit Sharma and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Abhishek Nayar went viral on social media platforms where Sharma is seen contemplating his future with the Mumbai Indians team. The former Mumbai Indians captain said, the lives of cricketers have become so intrusive that cameras are now recording every step and conversation they are having in privacy with their friends and colleagues, at training or on match days.

Sharma expressed his concern over the need to get exclusive content which is focused only on views and engagement will have a negative impact on the trust between the cricketers, fans, and cricket.

The post has gone viral on X with 2.2 million views, 2700 comments, 13000 retweets and 73000 likes which are only increasing. Large number of Rohit Sharma fans and cricket enthusiasts commented on the social media post. One X user Archer said that he was surprised on the post by Rohit Sharma and did not see it coming. He added that it was great of Rohit Sharma for calling this out.

One X user Prateek wrote finally captain had to speak against TRP mafia star sports.

Another cricket enthusiast did not agree with Rohit Sharma and wrote that he hardly gave any content with his batting as a result they had to do this.

One Rohit Sharma fan Ayush felt Star Sports should feel shameful for what they have done.

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