There is still no decision over F1 future: Fernando Alonso

first_imgMcLaren driver Fernando Alonso has confirmed that he has still not taken any decision on his Formula One future and is keeping “other categories” as option.Having secured a switch to Renault from Honda as their engine suppliers, the Spaniard is expected to stay at the newly-powered British team next year.But Alonso, whose contract expired in September this year, insisted that he was not sure about extending his contract and that he was thinking about all options.”All options open. There is still no decision. So we’ll see. I continue to have all the options open,” Sport24 quoted Alonso, as saying.Alonso has been linked with both Le Mans and the Daytona 24 hour race for 2018.The 36-year-old further insisted that one of his main goals is to be the best driver in the world, with especially focussing on his desire to clinch the ‘triple crown’.”As I have said several times, one of my goals is to be the best driver in the world, the most complete in the world, and for that I still believe you have to win in other categories too and especially the ‘triple crown’. That is one of my goals,” Sport24 quoted Alonso, as saying.”Sometimes, we focus on F1, because it is the best competition in the world of maximum technology. But there are other categories with other cars – with less technology – that require different driving and different skills and it is a major challenge for someone who specialises in something else,” Alonso continued.advertisementHowever, Alonso, who has been named as the ‘Rookie of the Year’ for the 2017 edition of the Indy 500, downplayed any suggestion of a full-time switch to Indycar.”The whole season at Indycar I do not have in my mind in the short term. But the 500 miles, after my experience of this year, is attractive,” Alonso concluded.last_img read more

India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Virat Kohli was the difference in the game, says Aaron Finch

first_imgIndia vs Australia 2nd ODI Brief Score: India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54). Full ScorecardAustralia captain Aaron Finch lauded his side’s effort after going down by 8 runs in the second one day international at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur on Tuesday. India captain Virat Kohli smashed his 40th hundred to help India take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Kohli scored 116 off 120 balls after India were sent in and were bowled out for 250 in the 49th over. In reply, Australia were all out for 242 in 49.2 overs.”Virat Kohli was the difference in the game, if one of our main batters had done the job, we would have got across the line,” Finch said at the post match presentation ceremony.Australia were in the chase until the last over when, needing 11 to win with two wickets left, Marcus Stoinis was trapped leg before wicket on 52 by medium-pacer Vijay Shankar off the first ball, and Adam Zampa was bowled two balls later.”It was close, was one of the games that we wanted to take as deep as we can. [Marcus] Stoinis played a really superb innings but we couldn’t get across the line. I thought if Stoinis takes a risk early and gets out, we have no chance at all. It was important for him to take it deep and I am sure he will learn from this. In the future, we will get across the line,” Finch said.advertisement”[Australia were never ahead] Not at any stage really, not on this pitch against this Indian attack.”Finch, who has been struggling for form for quite some time now, hit 37 off 53 and looked in good touch.”Would have been good to get more, starts don’t win you games,” he said.The third ODI will be played in Ranchi on Friday.Also Read | I was waiting for this opportunity: Vijay Shankar after last-over heroics vs AustraliaAlso Read | MS Dhoni chased around by pitch invader in Nagpur, Virat Kohli not amusedAlso Read | Ravindra Jadeja joins Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev in elite listlast_img read more

Emerson: From Roma reserve to Chelsea’s first team?

first_imgTransfers From Roma reserve to Chelsea’s first team? Introducing Emerson Palmieri Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor Last updated 1 year ago 06:40 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Emerson Roma Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Roma Serie A Premier League Opinion The Blues had hoped to sign Alex Sandro last summer but they have now signed his compatriot despite the fact that he has barely played in recent weeks “When I arrived at Roma,” Emerson Palmieri reminisced, “nobody knew who I was.” It could be a similar story for the Brazilian now that he has touched down in London to join Chelsea. Before the season began, the Blues had high hopes of signing Alex Sandro, Juventus’ rampaging left-back. Now, midway through the 2017-18 campaign, they have instead brought in Emerson, a reserve at Roma. Chelsea fans could, therefore, be forgiven for asking not only who Emerson is, but why their club has paid £17.5 million for a player who has featured just twice for the Giallorossi so far this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As with any story, though, context is key. Emerson only returned to full fitness in December, having been sidelined for six months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. The reason why he has been used so sporadically in the interim is twofold. Firstly, Roma have been wisely reluctant to rush Emerson’s recovery. Secondly, Aleksandar Kolarov has been one of the stars of the Serie A season so far. Signing someone coming off the back of ACL damage is undeniably risky. Some players never truly recover. However, if Emerson can get back to his best, Chelsea will have a fine full-back on their hands. Indeed, the Santos-born defender was one of the revelations of the 2016-17 Serie A season. Little had been expected of him when he joined Roma on loan from Santos in the summer of 2015, given he was coming off the back of an unsuccessful season-long stay at Palermo. Emerson hadn’t even played regularly at Vila Belmiro, where he had been best known for having his head partially shaved by former team-mate Neymar as part of his initiation into the first-team squad, leaving him with random patches of hair.Even at Palermo, he had failed to make much of an impression. He featured just nine times for the Sicilian side yet former Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini saw something in Emerson that nobody else had.”I watched him a couple of times at Palermo and I liked the way he moved,” he revealed. “With his agent also having offered him to us on very good terms, I decided to sign him.” A quiet, unassuming character with a strong faith in God who avoids the glare of the public spotlight as much as he can, Emerson initially struggled to make an impression at the Stadio Olimpico but, when Lucas Digne left for Barcelona the following year, the Giallorossi opted to extend Emerson’s stay in the Italian capital for just €2 million.It proved a shrewd decision, with the doggedly determined Emerson forcing his way into Luciano Spalletti’s starting line-up, whether that was at the back or on the wing. He was even trusted at right-back on two occasions, underlining his impressive versatility.  However, after Alex Sandro, Emerson was arguably the best left-back in Serie A in 2016-17, proving an excellent outlet going forward, without ever neglecting his defensive duties.The 23-year-old created 30 chances in just 25 outings. By contrast, Marcos Alonso, with whom he’ll be competing for a starting berth at Stamford Bridge, created six fewer in the Premier League last season despite playing eight more games. However, whereas the arrival of Alex Sandro at Chelsea would have cast serious doubt on Alonso’s starting berth, it is unlikely that Emerson will usurp the Spaniard, at least not yet. Emerson is by no means the finished article, and certainly does not offer anything like the same goal threat. He didn’t net once during the 2016-17 campaign, and provided just one assist, but those stats did not do justice to his contribution to a season that ended with Roma finishing second.Emerson Roma Stats PSMany in the media had doubted the wisdom of Spalletti’s decision to put his faith in a man who had previously been Palermo’s second-choice full-back, so when the young Brazilian turned in a complete performance on the left wing in a 2-0 derby win over Lazio in December 2016, the former Roma boss took the opportunity to put the naysayers in their place.”Emerson had a really great game today,” Spalletti enthused. “Let’s see now what happens. Why not leave him be so that you can see what quality he has?”His plea did not fall on deaf ears and, by the season’s end, nobody in the press questioned Giampiero Ventura’s decision to include Emerson in an experimental Italy squad for a friendly against San Marino in June.Fate once again intervened, though, with the 23-year-old suffering his knee injury on the final day of the 2016-17 campaign, thus robbing him of his chance to make his international bow for his adopted nation (Emerson sports a tattoo on his arm in which the Brazilian flag merges with the Italian tricolour).The ligament damage also scuppered a proposed move to Juventus, who had been considering signing Emerson to replace the seemingly Chelsea-bound Alex Sandro. The Bianconeri stubbornly refused to let the latter leave and that stance will remain unchanged until the summer.As a result, Chelsea have realised what Juventus did last season: that while Emerson might not yet be Alex Sandro, he could be the next best thing.last_img read more