Argentina v Brazil: Saudi Arabia to host Latin America’s fiercest rivalry next month

Messi and co will compete against Brazil in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
Updated 08 September 2018
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Argentina v Brazil: Saudi Arabia to host Latin America’s fiercest rivalry next month

  • The annual match between the two giants of South American football will be well attended by Saudi fans

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host a four-team international football tournament in early October, featuring Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and a fourth team to be named shortly, Turki Al-Sheikh, the head of the Kingdom's General Sports Authority, announced on Friday.
The tournament will include the 2018 Superclasico de las Americas (Super Derby of the Americas) the annual friendly match that pits Brazil against Argentina.
The sports authority has successfully organized a variety of sports and recreational competitions and events, including signing an extensive 10-year contract to bring WWE shows to Saudi Arabia on an annual basis.
Other events include the Saudi Super Cup, recently held in London, and the King Salman International Chess Cup, and the Riyadh International Marathon.
 


Hamilton looking to extend F1 lead at Singapore Grand Prix

Updated 20 September 2019

Hamilton looking to extend F1 lead at Singapore Grand Prix

  • Hamilton will be hoping for a repeat of the 2018 race here when he won comfortably from pole position to extend his championship lead

SINGAPORE: Lewis Hamilton aims to turn up the heat in his bid for a sixth Formula One championship at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver heads into Sunday’s race with a 63-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas.

As with last year’s race, drivers can expect sweltering heat and humidity. In addition to the heat, a thick haze has set in over the city-state with adviseries issued from the national government over “unhealthy” air conditions.

Hamilton will be hoping for a repeat of the 2018 race here when he won comfortably from pole position to extend his championship lead.

He was on a major roll entering last year’s GP, having won four of the past five races. While he already has eight wins this season, the British driver last won at the Hungarian GP in early August.

“The offset schedule and the climate make it a demanding weekend for the team,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said of the night race. “Temperatures in the garage can easily reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) or more with high humidity levels as well. It’s a tough environment to work in and it’s equally challenging for the drivers and the car itself.”

Hamilton has won here the last two years. A win on Sunday would move him a step closer to his third straight championship and sixth overall, moving him just one away from equaling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven titles.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc heads into Singapore having won the previous two races this season. After his first-ever F1 victory in Spa at the Belgian GP, the 21-year-old Leclerc became the first Ferrari driver to win the Italian GP since Fernando Alonso in 2010.

Leclerc, who is now fourth in the standings, finished ninth for Sauber here last year.

“Singapore is maybe the toughest track for us drivers physically, just because of the heat and the humidity,” Leclerc said. 

“After two positive weekends in Belgium and Italy, the race in Singapore doesn’t look as good on paper for us, because of the very different circuit layout, featuring lots of slow corners and fewer straights ... but we will give our all to have a
good result.”

The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) Marina Bay Street circuit is one of the hardest tracks for overtaking in F1, so whoever takes pole on Saturday will have the upper hand. The driver leading the field has won eight times in the past 10 years.