Looking ahead to the 2016 Formula 1 season

Looking ahead to the 2016 Formula 1 season

With just days until the Australian GP begins in Melbourne, it’s time to start looking ahead to the 2016 Formula 1 season. Without our regular fix of high-speed, high-drama action, the off-season is a tricky time for us petrol heads. However, the world of Formula 1 has been decidedly active since the close of the 2015 season with new(ish) teams, new drivers and new rules and regulations. Very exciting times! If you haven’t been following the developments, fear not – we’ll cover the main highlights in this blog, as well as throw a few predictions into the ring. How will the technical changes impact the races? Substantial changes have been made to engine regulations over the break. Areas of the engine where no modifications were previously allowed have now been opened up to manufacturers. This is going to be a boost to both Renault and Honda, whose engines struggled for optimum performance in 2015 and a good thing for spectators wanting to see more competitive racing. Spectators will also be pleased that this is set to be a far noisier F1 season than in recent years due to changes to the cars’ exhausts as well as even more powerful engines (we’ve heard 1000 BHP talked about in motorsport circles). There are also changes to tyres and tyre selection. Pirelli have introduced a fifth tyre compound to their range of dry-weather rubber. Not only that, but Pirelli will nominate two sets of tyres for each race and one set for qualification. The remaining tyre selection will be down to the individual drivers, and it’ll be interesting to see how their...
Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan: Can Khan cause an upset?

Canelo Alvarez vs Amir Khan: Can Khan cause an upset?

Canelo vs Khan was made official last month, and the announcement of what looks set to be one of the biggest fights of the year shook the boxing world. The fight, set to take place at the relatively new T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas on May 7, caught a lot of fans off-guard as Canelo is a middleweight champion while Khan is a former welterweight champ. Seems like a mismatch, right? Also, just days before the fight was announced there were ever-growing reports of Khan fighting the undefeated Kell Brook in an all-English clash this summer. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – will the Mexican prevail? Canelo, the current WBC Middleweight Champion, has an impressive record of 46 wins (32 KO’s) and one defeat. The one defeat on his otherwise unblemished record was against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2013 where he lost on a unanimous points decision. Other than that sole defeat, Canelo has been a dominant force in the middleweight division in recent years, and he will be looking to continue the form he’s shown of late in defending his WBC title against Khan. The big hitting Mexican will be going into the bout with high hopes, and will feel quietly confident that he can beat the Englishman and retain his WBC title. Amir Khan – will he be the king on the night? Amir Khan has arguably been one of the biggest names in English boxing throughout the last decade and the fight against Canelo is potentially his biggest and most dangerous fight to date. His record stands at an impressive 31 wins, with 19 of those wins...
1966 and all that – is football success coming home?

1966 and all that – is football success coming home?

“50 YEARS OF HURT….. NEVER STOP ME DREAMING” Remember Frank Skinner and David Baddiel’s  England anthem “Football’s Coming Home” from 1996? It features the infamous line “30 years of hurt never stopped me dreaming”. Well,  it’s “50 years of hurt” now! England fans are still hurting, and their dreams of tournament success have faded as the failures pile up. It’s 50 years since the England football team won a major tournament but can we dare to dream of glory again in EURO2016? It has been a year of shocks in the Barclays Premier League with Leicester sitting at the top of the table after almost being relegated last season and the reigning champions Chelsea languishing in the bottom half. Remember when Denmark came off the beach to win EURO’92?  When Greece beat Portugal in their back yard to win the EURO title in 2004? Football is full or surprises, that’s for certain – don’t write off England just yet. “50 YEARS OF HURT….NEVER STOP ME DREAMING” England have a young team with some great emerging stars. Dele Alli, Ross Barkley and Harry Kane, in particular, are a trio of talent that may well come into their own in the summer. It’s possible that, for once, a lack of expectation on the part of England fans and the media may help the team by relieving the usual pressures that we traditionally pile on them prior to a tournament. Imagine if England were in a final or even in a semi-final (how many of us serial sufferers would settle for that!) and the excitement that would exude across the nation at home and on the road...