The local heroes on Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE were a popular winner in the first point scoring race of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Fernández and his team made a bold call at the start to duck behind the entire fleet in order to sail up what turned out to be the favoured right hand side of the course, coming from behind to earn a narrow lead at the first gate.
Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rider Johann Zarco delivered a master class performance today to clinch a superb second pole position in his rookie MotoGP season. The French star progressed through to Q2 courtesy of his FP2 time, and here, he battled against the drying yet slippery track, before storming to the top on his penultimate lap. Tomorrow, the highly impressive rookie seeks to scoop his second podium of the year at Yamaha’s home Grand Prix.
The first official racing of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race will take place on Saturday afternoon with the MAPFRE In-Port Race Alicante, marking the first point-scoring competition of the event.
The starting gun will fire at 14:00 local time (12:00 UTC) with seven of the best sailing teams in the world pushing hard to lay down a marker in the first competitive confrontation with points on the table.
New Zealander Brendon Hartley will race for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the next round of the Formula 1 World Championship, the USA Grand Prix in Austin, as Pierre Gasly will be racing in Japan for the last race of the Super Formula Championship in Suzuka.
Scuderia Ferrari comes away from Japan with the points for fifth after Kimi made up that same number of places off the grid. From the outset, Sebastian Vettel was robbed of any chance to fight for the win, when a spark plug on one cylinder failed. After Belgium Grand Prix for Ferrari began the problems and now what will happen in the next races?
It feels amazing! We’ve had a great season overall, and on the performance side we have always been very, very quick, and the only low on the performance side was the qualy in Monza and that was my fault because I wasn’t good enough in that session. But apart from that I think we have always been on top and this feels really great.
The final Malaysian Grand Prix was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen from the second row of the grid, after stopping just once to change from supersoft to soft tyres. This was the strategy that was adopted by all the frontrunners, with the notable exception of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who staged a brilliant fightback to fourth from last. The German chose to start the race on the soft tyres to try and gain track position, switching to the faster supersoft tyres on the same lap that Verstappen pitted from the lead to change from supersoft to soft. Vettel was then able to use the extra speed of the supersoft to make his way into the top four places.
The annual Fashion Show run by Sonia Irvine, one of the most-mediated events of this F1 Grand Prix weekend, took place on Friday 26th of May over the pool of Le Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel, under the sunset of the Principality of Monaco.
The event hosted this year by Federica Masolin and Natalie Pinkham, Sky Sports F1 TV presenters in Italy and the United Kingdom, was held under the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and welcomed numerous celebrities and international elite guests.
Among them we could see Formula One racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart on the behalf of his recently founded association “Race against dementia”, “Game of Thrones” actor Liam Cunningham, F1 driver Eddie Irvine, Former Miss France Laury Thilleman and Miss Vietnam World Australia Jolie Nguyen, American actresses Lindsay Lohan, Kate Upton and the sulphurous Baywatch’s star Pamela Anderson, only to name a few.
For the third time at Amber Lounge, F1 drivers-turned-models rocked the runway in Apsley Tailors, but also Michael Kors formal wear, in aid of this year’s charity partner, ‘Race Against Dementia’.
The ones to have trade their race suits for custom tailoring this year were Stoffel Vandoorne, Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Ocon, Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson, Charles Leclerc and Marc Gene.
Followed on the catwalk the ‘ladies of Formula One’ (TV presenters in F1 and drivers’ partners) wearing SAFiYAA luxurious silk beachwear collection created by the renowned Silviya Neri exclusively for Amber Lounge.
The excitement did nothing but rising as the highly anticipated live performance time arrived.
While F1 drivers walked on water at the spectacular swimming pool setting, American singer Chris Willis – who’s the voice of many David Guetta’s hits such as “Love is gone; Money; Everytime we touch; Tomorrow can wait; Love don’t let me go and Gettin’ over you” – gave a sensational performance of his latest hit created with Guetta: “Would I lie to you”, alongside well-coordinated dancers.
After the energy-giving music act, the glamorous ladies of F1 continued to set the catwalk ablaze, wearing high heels and silk-made selected pieces from Silviya Neri’s latest collection.
To finish in style, Amber Lounge Founder and Monaco-based entrepreneur Sonia Irvine walked down the runway gracefully, hand in hand with her charming six-year-old daughter, Katie.
It was then time for the live auction to begin… It is thanks to very generous bidders that more than 450,000 € have been raised for Amber Lounge Charity, “Race Against Dementia” which helps leading important researches to fight this disease.
At the end of this perfectly held event, some guests like Pamela Anderson and Liam Cunningham went to have a prestigious and delightful gourmet dinner specially organised for the occasion, while others prepared themselves for an extravagant star-studded Fashion After Party with flowing exquisite champagne all night long and international DJs to set the dance floor on fire until sunrise.
List of famous figures for the fashion show:
H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sir Jackie Stewart, Pamela Anderson, Kate Upton, Lindsay Lohan, Ross Brawn, Jenson Button, Eddie Irvine, Liam Cunningham, Gianluca Vacchi, Victoria Bonya, Chase Carey, Karen Coulthard, Maria and Pedro De la Rosa, Sheikh Salman al Khalifa Bahrain, Isabell Kristensen, Amanda Cronin, Marquise Roberta Gilardi Sestito and her husband Donato Sestito, Tamara and Eric Boulier, Hofit Golan, Lady Victoria Hervey, Laury Thilleman, Betty Bachz, Daniela Karnuts, Camilla Kerslake, Jolie Nguyen (Miss Vietnam Australia).