TOP News

Sport: Nico Rosberg makes scary admission as he discusses 'crazy' and 'dangerous' Saudi GP track

Khashoggi's fiancee urges Justin Bieber to cancel Saudi performance

  Khashoggi's fiancee urges Justin Bieber to cancel Saudi performance Khashoggi's fiancee urges Justin Bieber to cancel Saudi performance(Reuters) - The woman who was engaged to marry Jamal Khashoggi has asked singer Justin Bieber to cancel his scheduled Dec. 5 performance in Saudi Arabia's second-largest city Jeddah, urging him to not perform for the slain Saudi journalist's "murderers.

Nico Rosberg has conceded that he is happy to not be involved in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Sunday, suggesting that the track is 'completely nuts' and 'dangerous'. The former Mercedes driver, who retired in 2016, told fans his thoughts on the new track in Jeddah during a YouTube video.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has the chance to win the 2021 World Championship if various outcomes fall in his favour during Sunday's race.

But Rosberg has expressed concerns about the circuit, on which Charles Leclerc has already had an accident, and quipped that he is glad to no longer be racing.

Overtaking records in F1: most overtakes in a race, by a driver and more

  Overtaking records in F1: most overtakes in a race, by a driver and more Which F1 race saw the most overtakes? And which driver has done the most overtaking? These are the stats that matter.Not necessarily. Who could argue that watching Daniel Ricciardo cling on to win the Monaco Grand Prix in 2018 despite losing a chunk of power wasn’t compelling? The same could be said of Lewis Hamilton’s victory in the principality 12 months later, long after he’d radioed in to say his tyres were dead.

The 36-year-old begins his new video by saying: "it's Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It's a new track. I've just done a few laps on the simulator. Believe me, this track is completely nuts."

He continues: "It's so fast, there is no run-off. There is a corner at the back where you're doing eighth gear and you downshift into seventh, and the corner is almost flat. On the right, there is a wall.

"This is going to be nuts. It is so crazy. And, honestly, this is so crazy that I am happy not to be in the car for this race weekend.

JUST IN: Charles Leclerc destroys his Ferrari in horror crash during practice

Nico Rosberg © YOUTUBE / NICO ROSBERG Nico Rosberg

"This looks high, high risk. It is one of those times when I am like: 'Ha, I'm good [to not take part]'.

"I'm not in the car and it will be exciting to see how they will all get on."

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff expecting Red Bull tensions to flare up again at Saudi Arabia GP

  Mercedes boss Toto Wolff expecting Red Bull tensions to flare up again at Saudi Arabia GP MERCEDES and Red Bull have been at each other's throats on and off the track in recent weeks.Tensions between Mercedes and Red Bull initially boiled over at the British Grand Prix after Hamilton was deemed to have pushed Verstappen into the barriers at high speed on the opening lap.

The 2016 World Champion then takes fans on a few laps of the track on his simulator.

During a later Q&A session, he adds: "This is the ultimate challenge. This is dangerous, proper dangerous.

"The problem is, when you start going, it's just so dusty and the sand is there, so it's so slippery.

"You just have to build up to it, slowly but surely. You just have to find your rhythm and don't make any mistakes.

"It's an insane challenge."

Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc walked away unhurt following a horror crash in practice ahead of Sunday.

With just minutes left of the hour-long session, Leclerc lost control of the rear of the car and landed heavily into the wall at high speed.

Leclerc was sent to the medical centre for further assessments but was later released.

DON'T MISS...

O'Sullivan gets photographer ejected over UK Championship incident

Link

Charles Leclerc destroys his Ferrari in horror crash during practice

Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021: Time, TV and title permutations

  Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2021: Time, TV and title permutations Here's everything you need to know ahead of Formula 1's inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend.Circuit officials have been racing to get the track ready on time for Formula 1’s arrival – having started construction only eight months ago – but reassurances have been made that the high-speed street circuit will be ready come the weekend.

Link

Mercedes' Toto Wolff issues statement on controversial deal

F1 calendar © EXPRESS SPORT F1 calendar

The Ferrari driver had previously raised concern about the track.

He said: "On paper it looks like it's not going to be one of our best tracks because obviously very long straights and a very high-speed track, but on the other hand it's a city track so anything can happen.

"Hopefully as drivers we can make the difference and yes, I am just really looking forward to tomorrow to try this track for the first time.

"There are a lot of DRS zones and they are very, very long.

"I think one-third of the track is with DRS so I don't think that overtaking is going to be extremely difficult like we are used to on a city track.

"But I definitely believe it is going to be a very challenging track for us drivers, a very high-speed [layout] with the walls so obviously no room for mistakes so it is going to be a tricky one but I'm looking forward to it."

Suspect in killing of Saudi journalist arrested in France .
PARIS (AP) — A suspect in the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested Tuesday in France, according to a French judicial official. The official said the suspect was being held on the basis of a Turkish arrest warrant. He requested not being named in accordance with the French justice system’s customary practices. French radio RTL said the Saudi national, Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi, was arrested at the Roissy airport near Paris as he was trying to board a flight to Riyadh.Al-Otaibi was one of over a dozen Saudi officials sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2018 over Khashoggi’s killing and dismemberment at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

See also