Paul di Resta to test drive in Marrakesh for Formula E’s Jaguar

Scottish driver Paul di Resta had been rumored to be joining Williams F1, but will test drive in Morocco for Formula E outfit Jaguar on January 14. (Reuters)
Updated 03 January 2018
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Paul di Resta to test drive in Marrakesh for Formula E’s Jaguar

MARRAKESH: Paul di Resta has put to bed any plans that he will race with Williams in Formula 1 in the upcoming season, but the Scottish driver could soon be opening a new chapter of his racing career in Formula E with Jaguar.
Di Resta has drawn interest from the Formula E team, which will give the Scot a run in its car on January 14 in Marrakesh. The drive comes after the all-electric series’ second event next week.
Di Resta stood in for Felipe Massa at Williams in the Hungarian Grand Prix last summer, but it looks likely the team will choose between Russian Sergey Sirotkin and Polish driver Robert Kubica to take up the vacant seat for 2018.
Formula V8 3.5 winner Pietro Fittipaldi will also be on hand to test the Jaguar team’s electric charger.
“I am really looking forward to my first taste of Formula E and the Jaguar I-type 2,” said the Scot who will head to Morocco after completing this weekend’s test at Daytona with United Autosport, a prelude to the Rolex 24 in which di Resta will race at the end of the month.
“It is a perfect opportunity, at the right time of year to have a go. It will be an intensive day of testing in Marrakesh but I’m sure I can give some positive feedback to the team,” he added.


Juventus too good for Man Utd on Ronaldo’s return

Updated 24 October 2018
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Juventus too good for Man Utd on Ronaldo’s return

  • Paulo Dybala scored the winner on 17 minutes as the Italian champions opened up a five-point lead over United at the top of Group H
  • The hosts failed to threaten until Paul Pogba’s curling shot from outside the box hit the post 15 minutes from time

MANCHESTER: Cristiano Ronaldo emerged victorious again on his second return to Old Trafford, but this time did not get on the scoresheet as Juventus outclassed Manchester United to win 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Instead Ronaldo played a supporting role by helping set up Paulo Dybala’s winner on 17 minutes as the Italian champions opened up a five-point lead over United at the top of Group H.
Jose Mourinho’s men were handed a break before kick-off as Valencia’s 1-1 draw away to Young Boys means United still hold a two-point lead over the Spaniards, but a fourth defeat of the season will see speculation over Mourinho’s future increase once more.
But for a series of excellent saves from David de Gea, the margin of defeat could have been far greater too as any momentum United gained from fightbacks against Newcastle and Chelsea in recent weeks in the Premier League faded away against one of the favorites to win the Champions League.
Ronaldo was given a hero’s welcome on his previous visit to Old Trafford with Real Madrid in 2013 after scoring 118 goals for United in six seasons between 2003 and 2009 to help the Red Devils win three Premier League titles and the first of his five Champions Leagues.
The Portuguese’s early days as Juventus player since making the move to Italy from Madrid this summer have been overshadowed by a rape allegation made against him in the United States.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has strongly denied the allegation and been backed by his new club, who paid 112 million euros ($129 million) for the 33-year-old in July.
But the reception he received from the United faithful this time was far more muted with only a mild cheer raised when his name in the Juventus line-up was announced.
Ronaldo scored the winner in a contentious Champions League last-16 tie for Madrid five years ago, but this time played the role of provider for Dybala to be the match-winner.
His cross intended for Juan Cuadrado ricocheted kindly off Chris Smalling into the path of Dybala to sweep the ball past De Gea for his fourth goal in two Champions League games.
As Juventus dominated the rest of the first half, only De Gea stood in their way of killing the game off before the break.
The Spaniard flew to his right to save Joao Cancelo’s fiercely-struck shot then produced a fine double save to parry Ronaldo’s free-kick and swat away Blaise Matuidi’s follow-up effort.
Top scorer in this competition for the past six seasons, Ronaldo is still searching for his first Champions League goal for Juventus having been sent off after just 30 minutes of his European debut against Valencia and subsequently banned for a 3-0 victory over Young Boys.
He couldn’t have done much more with an effort that soared toward De Gea’s top corner seven minutes into the second half only to see the United ‘keeper produce a miraculous right-handed save.
Going behind brought out the best in Mourinho’s side against Newcastle and Chelsea to help ease the pressure on the manager.
But the hosts failed to threaten until Paul Pogba’s curling shot from outside the box hit the post 15 minutes from time.
Anthony Martial also tested Wojciech Szczesny late on but Juventus held out for a deserved victory.