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17Nov/19

Force India not realising potential because of financial issues: Sergio Perez

first_imgForce India are fifth overall in the Formula One constructors’ standings, which Mexican driver Sergio Perez says is because of his team’s financial situation. He said that the situation is ‘critical’ and recognised that his own future remained uncertain.Co-owner and team principal Vijay Mallya is fighting an attempt by India to extradite him from Britain to face charges of fraud as a group of Indian banks seek to recover more than $1 billion of loans granted to his defunct Kingfisher Airlines.Force India’s chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer told Reuters in June that the team had suffered a cash squeeze through the European winter months but suggested that was easing.”At the moment the situation is critical,” Perez told reporters at the Hungarian Grand Prix, his language the starkest yet by a team insider.”There’s no secret that the financial problems have held the team back quite a bit.”When you look at the results, because Formula One is just about the results, we are fifth in the constructors’ championship and you cannot imagine the financial issues we’ve had so far. It just shows the potential this team has.”There has been some speculation in the F1 media that Canadian driver Lance Stroll’s billionaire father could be ready to invest in Force India, or even take control, with his son then moving to the team from Williams.Perez said he remained in a good position with several options.”Obviously we all want to be driving in the top two teams, Ferrari or Mercedes, so obviously it’s very unlikely that I’ll have an opportunity there for the next years,” said the former McLaren driver.advertisement”So you have to look at where is the best option for your future, where you can show your talent.”I’ve been for the last two years the best of the rest (outside the top three teams) in the drivers’ championship. I just want to see what’s possible for next year, which teams have a vacancy, and then decide.”Perez was seventh in the championship in 2016 and 2017, behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull drivers.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

16Nov/19

Let Woakes join Stokes and Foakes

first_imgDamon Albarn Jo Johnson … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Transport Topics Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share via Email Rail transport Brief letters Share on Twittercenter_img To slightly misquote Oscar Wilde, to lose one Johnson may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness (Blow for May as second Johnson brother quits over Brexit proposals, 10 November).George SteelLiverpool • Martin Kettle writes about how the British cultural cringe before the US affects journalists and broadcasters (Journal, 9 November). Could he by any chance be referring to the first nine pages of Thursday’s Guardian on the US midterm elections?Keith OwenExeter• Laurence Binyon’s poem is doubly misquoted (Letters, 10 November). He wrote “Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn”, meaning hold in contempt. The incorrect “condemn” has a very different meaning.Stephen GroveTotnes, Devon• The “striker” who caught reader AJ Mullay’s notice on the memorial roll of the old North British Railway at Waverley station (Letters, 10 November) would have been a blacksmith’s assistant. They were the men at the heavy end of the trade who used sledgehammers on red-hot forgings held and shaped by the blacksmith. Your striker would almost have certainly worked at the now-defunct Cowlairs workshops of the NBR sited in Glasgow’s east end.David WalshRedcar, Cleveland • I notice Damon Albarn, in John Harris’s article in G2 (9 November), is pictured wearing a London borough council donkey jacket. Now that’s what I call cultural appropriation!Robert BradyIsleworth, Middlesex• Now that Stokes and Foakes are in form for England (Sport, 9 November), surely it is time that Woakes rejoined the starting XI?Dr Peter B BakerPrestwood, Buckinghamshire • Join the debate – email [email protected]• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters• Do you have a photo you’d like to share with Guardian readers? Click here to upload it and we’ll publish the best submissions in the letters spread of our print edition letters Boris Johnson England cricket team Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Poetry Share on Pinterest Share on Messengerlast_img read more