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Charles Leclerc has thrown in the towel on F1 title hopes

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That has come off the back of a mixture of factors – unreliability, poor strategic calls by the team and the Monégasque’s own mistakes.

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Addressing whether his intensity was now the same as opposed to when he was firmly in the thick of the title battle, Leclerc gave an honest appraisal.

“I don’t know how many points there are between Max and I,” said Leclerc. “I stopped counting but it’s a lot of points.

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“We will take it race by race, see what’s possible, and if there’s a good surprise at the end of the year, good.

“But, obviously, looking at things the way they are now, realistically it’s extremely difficult to make it work.”

Crucially, Leclerc then added: “But there is still plenty to fight for, for the constructors’ championship, for second place in the championship.

Charles Leclerc has thrown in the towel on F1 title hopes

“In general, I’ll be pushing until the end.”

Leclerc’s latest blow to his chances arrived on Sunday in Belgium when a tear-off – ironically from Verstappen – forced him into an unscheduled pit stop after only three laps.

In addition, the tear-off knocked out a sensor in Leclerc’s F1-75 which resulted in him breaking the speed limit in the pit lane – by only one kilometre per hour – and incurring a five-second penalty that dropped him from fifth to sixth after the chequered flag.

Appreciating the unluckiness of the situation, and suggesting measures are taken in the future to avert a repeat for any driver, Leclerc said: “In all fairness, you cannot calculate that. It’s like this.

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“Maybe moving forward it would be good if we could find a solution to have the tear-off inside the car.

“In this particular situation, somebody was losing oil and I could not see anything through my visor, and other drivers couldn’t see anything through their visors.

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Latest Shakira and Lewis Hamilton identical surfing videos stirred reaction fron netizens

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The latest Shakira and Lewis Hamilton identical surfing videos stirred reactions from netizens

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Shakira and Lewis Hamilton dating rumors just got bigger as a couple of videos went viral for being very similar, Shakira and Lewis Hamilton are seen surfing each in their video but they are never seen together

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Shakira has most likely turned the page on her past relationship, her painful breakup with the former Spanish footballer as she has been spotted next to Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton on several occasions, fueling rumors and assumptions of a potential relationship that may be building between the two.

According to some European media reports, the singer and the F1 driver have already been seeing each other for a month and substantially increasing the number of dates.

Shakira has reportedly been seen in the arms of Lewis Hamilton in videos and photos after attending the Spanish Grand Prix.

Latest Shakira and Lewis Hamilton identical surfing videos stirred reaction from netizens

Close friends of the two have said that they have been spending a lot of time together lately and have been gradually getting to know each other, having fun and flirting.

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Shakira’s first appearance at an F1 race this year took place in Miami a day after she received Billboard’s “Woman of the Year” award at the inaugural “Latin Women in Music” gala.

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Shakira reportedly confessed, during the reception of her award, that this year was one of many radical changes in her life, during which she felt more than ever what it means to be a woman.

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In her latest songs, Shakira has used music as therapy, referring to her ex-partner, and has tried to free herself from the trauma caused by the separation.

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Kevin Harvick Changes Voice About His Retirement

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Nascar champion Kevin Harvick is preparing for the biggest change of his professional career. It’s bigger than when he began racing full-time in the Cup Series for Richard Childress Racing, and it’s larger than becoming the ace driver at Stewart-Haas Racing.

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Harvick is ready, and he’s excited about the next challenge of his life as he steps away from full-time Nascar racing at the end of the season.

“I have no regrets,” Harvick said, reflecting on his retirement.

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The decision, he said, mulled over his head for the last five years before finally deciding now is the right time to hang up his helmet. The man who’s been one of the voices of the garage area for the last few years is now set to be the voice of Nascar on TV. He’s headed to the Nascar on Fox booth, where he’ll serve as an analyst alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and former teammate Clint Bowyer.

“Every week has been like, ‘That was the last Daytona 500, the last Coke 600,’” Harvick said. “I haven’t gotten out of the car once and said, ‘I don’t know if this is the right thing to do.’ Part of that is because I know I’ll be sitting in the TV booth next year. We have all of our business in line, the structure for everything we have and our people. It’s a great time to transition and be part of what my kids have going on, and I’ll help DeLana with them. I’m enjoying every week, but I’m not disappointed it’s the last one.”

Harvick is having a solid final season with Stewart-Haas Racing. He is only one of two Ford drivers — the other being Ryan Blaney — to rank in the top 10 in the standings through the first 15 races.

Currently, Harvick is on pace to perform better in his final season than four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon did in his 2015 retirement tour. That season, Gordon won his final event with just four races left in the season, locking him into the championship battle for the last time. Gordon ended his final full season with five top fives and 21 top 10s with a 13.7 average finish.

Harvick has shown that age hasn’t slowed him down one bit. As the leader of Stewart-Haas Racing, he’s been the one to find speed while his three teammates sit 25th or worse in the standings, though Chase Briscoe received one of the biggest penalties in Nascar history following the Coca-Cola 600 and was docked 120 points.

But even with strong performances to start the year, Harvick is not changing his decision. He will not pull a Tom Brady and return for another final chapter.

“As we’ve gone to each race, we started planning and put the pieces in a play about a year ago to officially say there is no more maybe and there are no more extensions,” Harvick said. “This is it.”

Harvick may be even busier in his post-driving career than he is at the moment.

KHI Management, his sports management firm, is expanding. The pieces are in place to have Harvick himself take on an enhanced role, serving as a mentor for the athletes and drivers he works with. Among the firm’s clients are potential future drivers at SHR, including Harrison Burton, Todd Gilliland, and, most recently, Josh Berry. Berry, who drives for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series and filled in for Chase Elliott and Alex Bowman with Hendrick Motorsports in the Cup Series this year, is reportedly finalizing a deal to take over Harvick’s car in 2024.

The team at KHI, which includes three people who have worked with Harvick for 25 years, has been hard at work for the last year to prepare him for what’s next. And he leaned on SHR co-owner Tony Stewart about how to enjoy his final season.

“We put logos into place for racetracks, fans, and merchandise,” Harvick said. “We put a lot of pieces into play for the small things that we didn’t want to creep up as we started the season. Stewart-Haas Racing has been a huge part of everything that we have going on because of everything they did with Tony.

“Getting advice from Tony and everybody on his team about things they did like and didn’t like, how they did things, what was the most distracting. Our goal from the beginning was to make sure the distractions didn’t get in the way of the competition.”

Along with his Nascar on Fox gig, Harvick will be traveling to his son’s races. Until now, he’s only seen 11-year-old Keelan Harvick compete in Europe twice. Now, it’s time to focus on being a dad and a coach.

Harvick said, “Being able to spend more time with his racing and watch Piper do what she wants to do and not have my wife look at me with the evil eye while she’s traveling to watch Keelan race. I want to have flexibility in my schedule to spend more time with all of them. They’re at a pivotal point in their lives where they need both of their parents to be part of it as much as possible. Getting out of the competition side allows me to have some flexibility in my schedule.”

To top it off, Harvick is also one of the new owners of the CARS Tour, alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, and Justin Marks.

“I’ll probably be busier, but it’s a different busy,” Harvick said. “This is the part that’s hard for people to understand: you see Sunday and you see the race, but you don’t see all of the work during the week.

“Not being responsible for that competitive mindset will make my brain function a lot easier. That’s the main part that will free up the mental capacity that’s absorbed by the competition side. The only way to be good at this is to do it everyday and be involved with it at a high level, because the more details you can cover and the better that’s structured, the better you’re going to be.”

As Harvick prepares for the second half of the Nascar season, his eyes are on the championship trophy. There’s only one way for him to go out, he believes, and that’s on top.

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Dale Jr Received Request in War With Hendrick Motorsports Star

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The collaboration between Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr has been paying dividends. The Actions Detrimental podcast is a great hit among the followers of the sport. As a part of the Dirty Mo Media house, the podcast continues to captivate listeners. But that was only the case till now, as we now figure out that the podcast even has some of the top drivers intrigued, like Brad Keselowski.

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To take a step back and give you proper context, Hamlin’s very recent initiative, which he spoke about on his podcast, was a successful proposal of a bracket of five rounds, similar to the NCAA Tournament. But who better to explain it than Hamlin himself, right?

Seeing the positive response from fans, Dirty Mo Media made Denny Hamlin’s Bracket Challenge a reality by enabling users to enter their NASCAR bracket predictions for the upcoming five races from Kansas to Sonoma. Former champion Brad Keselowski is also one of the famous participants in the competition. Knowing he is up against an HMS star, he put up an interesting offer in front of the JGR driver.

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The bracket challenge, popularized through #DHBracketChallenge, has gained much traction from the fandom. Productions from Dale Jr’s media house have been following the pattern of delivering the goods.

The final round of the bracket challenge sees Keselowski face off against the Hendrick Motorsports driver, William Byron. The announcement of the fixture through Twitter attracted Keselowski. Replying to the post, he said,” How much do I get if we win this?”

It was at this point that Denny Hamlin interjected to reveal the aspirations of the project. With a projection of a higher revenue than the current edition, Hamlin portrays a hope for a million-dollar cash prize.

Shrugging off the money matter, Keselowski instead offers a lucrative deal from his side. He first demanded mere presence on Hamlin’s podcast and then went on to appeal to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

His tweet read, “Can’t speak for @WilliamByron but If I win, No money required. I’ll even come on your podcast if you agree to do this. Seems like a fair deal.

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