Alonso’s new McLaren loses wheel to start Formula One testing

Fernando Alonso of McLaren walks away from his car after a tire fell off during testing. (Reuters)
Updated 26 February 2018

Alonso’s new McLaren loses wheel to start Formula One testing

BARCELONA, Spain: Fernando Alonso made an inauspicious start to the Formula One season on Monday, going off the track and losing a wheel on his new McLaren on the first day of testing.
Alonso was about to complete his seventh lap when his car went into the gravel on the final turn at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where it lost the right back wheel.
The session was stopped for a few minutes while a crew hauled the damaged McLaren onto a flatbed truck and drove it back to the pit lane.
The two-time world champion finished 15th in the drivers’ standings last year after earning points in only five of the 20 races.
McLaren is hoping to rebound this year after changing to Renault engines following three problem-plagued campaigns with Honda.
Force India, Toro Rosso and Haas unveiled their new cars shortly before testing started in Barcelona.
Testing runs until Thursday. A second four-day session will be held from March 6-9.
The season-opening Australia GP is on March 25.


Lebanese footballer dies of bullet wound

Updated 18 September 2020

Lebanese footballer dies of bullet wound

  • Mohamed Atwi, 32, played as a midfielder for a number of Lebanese clubs and won the national league three times with Beirut’s Ansar, his club for almost a decade
  • Tributes poured in for the player, who was also capped three times for his country

BEIRUT: A prominent Lebanese footballer has died of a bullet wound sustained last month during a funeral for one of the victims of the Beirut port blast, his club said Friday.
Mohamed Atwi, 32, played as a midfielder for a number of Lebanese clubs and won the national league three times with Beirut’s Ansar, his club for almost a decade.
“A sad day for sport... a great loss for Lebanese football,” Wael Chehayeb, an official with his latest club Al-Akhaa Al-Ahly, posted on social media.
Tributes poured in for the player, who was also capped three times for his country.
Atwi was hit in the head by a bullet as he walked on a street in a Beirut neighborhood last month.
Initial reports suggested he was struck by a falling bullet fired in the air from a nearby procession mourning one of the firefighters killed in the August 4 port explosion.
Atwi’s family however has demanded a full investigation into the circumstances of his death, over which no arrests have been made.
Shooting in the air for celebrations and funerals is common in Lebanon despite recurring injuries from falling bullets.