Halo: Formula 1 driver Lando Norris to sport Master Chief helmet at Singapore GP

Lando Norris will wear a special helmet during the race weekend.

Formula 1 is visiting the city-state of Singapore from September 30 to October 2, 2022, and gamers are likely to spot a familiar design when they look at McLaren driver Lando Norris’ special helmet during the race weekend: The Brit is wearing Master Chief, so to speak – his protective headgear is emulating the Halo character’s armor design.

Norris celebrates Halo esports partnership

The reason for the special helmet is the announcement of a partnership between Quadrant, Lando Norris’ esports team, and the Halo Championship Series (HCS), the official tournament circuit for Halo Infinite supported by Microsoft and 343 Industries. 

Quadrant, with its quartet of French pro players, is one of the game’s strongest teams from Europe and was recently announced as the tenth HCS partner overall.

This is an important step for the organization. Being an official HCS partner comes with a few privileges and benefits, such as being able to sell official skins in the game, hosting tournaments, and various other activation possibilities.

At the latest Major of the first-person shooter in Orlando, Florida, the team was eliminated quite early in the playoffs and thus missed the qualification for the World Championship happening later in October. With this new partnership, the team’s future looks bright despite this setback.

Written by Marco Wutz on behalf of GLHF.

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7 awesome Kimi Raikkonen moments as the F1 star preps for his NASCAR Cup debut

Kimi Raikkonen is coming to the NASCAR Cup Series!

NASCAR is getting a bit of international flair this weekend at Watkins Glen International, where Formula 1 star Kimi Raikkonen will make his Cup Series debut.

Raikkonen — the 42-year-old Finnish driver who’s won 21 races, along with the 2007 F1 world championship, and raced in F1 from 2001 to 2021, minus two years from 2010-11 — will make his first Cup start at the upstate New York road course, piloting the No. 91 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet. He’s part of Trackhouse’s PROJECT91, which aims to bring international stardom to the Cup Series, and there is little doubt that the spotlight will be on him all weekend long.

More from Trackhouse co-owner Justin Marks:

“I’m really excited to launch this year with Kimi Raikkonen,” Marks told NASCAR.com. “Obviously, the 2007 F1 World Champion and the most experienced F1 driver in history, he’ll really kind of help set this program off. I’m looking forward to it. I’m bullish in our ability to be able to track the global stars of motorsport and do something really special under the Trackhouse brand with PROJECT91.”

With Raikkonen, Trackhouse will field three cars at Watkins Glen, along with Cup full-timers Daniel Suárez in the No. 99 Chevrolet and Ross Chastain in the No. 1 Chevrolet.

Prior to racing at Watkins Glen, Raikkonen, nicknamed “The Iceman,” also made one start each in the second-tier Xfinity Series and third-tier Truck Series, both in 2011 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But racing at NASCAR’s highest level is undoubtable a different beast, even if Raikkonen has a personal advantage in his learning curve debuting on a road course. So as he’s getting ready for his first Cup race, here’s a look at some of his best preparation moments.

August Sports Betting Calendar: NFL Preseason, US Open and WNBA Playoffs

Novak Djokovic goes for a second straight Grand Slam title. And football is back!

The wait is over for those starved of football. The August sports betting calendar is highlighted by the return of the NFL in the form of preseason play, though I personally wouldn’t wager on those wholly unpredictable games.

Besides, there’s so much more going on in August.

Novak Djokovic will go for a second straight Grand Slam title when the US Open gets underway near the end of the month. WNBA teams jockey for playoff position until the start of the playoffs in mid-August. And all three of the FedEx Cup Playoffs will determine a winner on the PGA Tour.

Here’s a look at all of that and more going on.

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This angle of Zhou Guanyu’s crash in the F1 British Grand Prix is absolutely terrifying

Thankfully Zhou Guanyu is OK after this horrific crash.

The British Grand Prix got off to a terrifying start today with a huge crash on the first lap that thankfully didn’t lead to any serious injuries.

Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo car flipped over and went flying through the sand just off the track before slamming into the fence and getting stuck between the fence and the barrier to the track.

It was a frightening scene but thankfully Guanyu was pulled out of the car by medics and somehow didn’t suffer any major injuries. The halo used on the F1 cars to protect the drivers did its job here and might have even saved Guanyu’s life.

This angle of the crash is wild:

Here’s another angle:

Here is the initial update on his health:

Again, the halo worked:

Twitter had reactions.

 

July Sports Betting Calendar: NBA Summer League, The Open Championship and MLB All-Star Week

No NBA or NHL playoffs? No problem.

If you thought the June conclusion of the 2021-22 NBA and NHL seasons meant less to bet on in July, you thought wrong. Not only do the MLB and WNBA seasons roll along this month, leading into their respective All-Star breaks — which includes the Home Run Derby — but the NBA keeps the momentum going too with summer league action.

The solo sports also keep things interesting, as Wimbledon crowns its singles champions on July 9 and 10, and The Open Championship is competed in the following days.

Those are just a few of the highlights in a month filled with them. Here’s a look at all of that and more.

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10 awesome photos from a rainy Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix

They are racing in the rain in Monaco.

An action-packed day of motor car racing got off to a slow start Sunday when the start of F1’s Monaco Grand Prix was delayed a bit due to rain.

Charles Leclerc, who has won two races so far this season, entered the race on the pole and will be looking to lead Ferrari to another big day in what has been a great season for them so far.

Let’s take a look at some photos from Sunday at Monaco, which always looks like an incredible place to see a race, even in the rain. It also seems like things could get a little crazy today.

Relive the Miami Grand Prix and Max Verstappen’s win with these awesome moments and photos

The Miami Grand Prix came and went, but let us help you relive it.

After a week (and really, years) of incredible hype building up Formula 1’s Miami Grand Prix, the event Sunday was largely a success with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen winning the inaugural race, ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, respectively.

The masses descended on the Miami International Autodrome — the official name of the venue surrounding Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens — and that included tons of celebrities and other top athletes, like Michael Jordan, Serena Williams and Tom Brady, among many, many others. It was the place to be Sunday, and the views were fantastic.

So if you missed the first-ever Miami GP or can’t believe it’s already over but still can’t get enough of it, relive the spectacular weekend with these awesome moments and photos.

F1 22 lets you live an F1 driver’s lifestyle, drive safety cars

F1 22 wants us to live the life of a superstar, on and off the track.

Way back when Codemasters first acquired the Formula One license in 2009, it used the following tagline for its debut multiplatform effort F1 2010: “Be the driver. Live the life.” And it fulfilled that brief as best it could, for the time. You took part in press conferences, attended meetings, generally watching the Formula One world in first person. But after the race was over and you were done fiddling with the menus, the lights went out. 

We’ve gone on all kinds of diversions with the series since then, delving into classic cars, R&D and team ownership. We’ve followed a quasi-cinematic story of a young driver making his way up through F2 and into the big leagues, in a series of playable vignettes sandwiched by cutscenes. But this year we’re going back to the original brief: F1 22 wants us to live the life of a superstar driver, on and off the track.

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As far as I’ve seen so far, that doesn’t involve posting problematic Instagram posts, walking through other drivers’ interviews while screaming or establishing vegan burger restaurant chains. Instead, F1 22 introduces several new components that give you some downtime, away from the adrenal overload of F1 racing. 

F1 Life is the most significant of these. It’s a new hub area, on first impression similar to NBA 2K’s Neighborhood, where players can customize their surroundings, hang out with other drivers, and show off their bling. And drivers at this level aren’t strapped for cash: when they do bling, they go big. Like, supercar big.

This brings us to the next major area of novelty for the series, the introduction of driveable road-legal vehicles. Inspired by the Pirelli Hot Lap events at real F1 race weekends, in which drivers take journalists and celebrities out for five of the more troubling minutes their gastrointestinal systems will ever experience, the new game brings in various handling-based challenges in vehicles such as the McLaren 720s, Mercedes AMG GT Black Edition, and Aston Martin Vantage. 

The latter two, of course, are the 2022 season’s official safety cars, and while that doesn’t mean you can drive the actual safety car in a race scenario, you can at least take the very same vehicles out onto the track and enjoy their handling for its own sake, away from lap deltas and porpoising. Although it wasn’t spelled out by developers at this stage, the implication is that these vehicles, like the furnishings around the scenes of F1 Life and the clothing your driver wears, will be bought using in-game currency, which in prior installments has been earned either through completing in-game objectives or paying for it with real-life cash. 

Speaking of porpoising, the latter aerodynamic phenomenon doesn’t feature in the new game. Like the teams themselves, developer Codemasters was blindsided by the new regulation cars tendency to bounce along the straights at high speed as the aero parts on their floors intermittently made contact with the ground. Perhaps the designers will have sorted out the problems before we even play the game on 1. July – either way, we won’t be bobbing along on our way to virtual victory. That’s good news for VR fans, who will be able to play F1 22 across all modes, including multiplayer with their headsets on. And their spew buckets close to hand. That’s thanks to Codemasters outsourcing the VR development to a third-party studio, Climax. 

We won’t see another cinematic journey like Braking Point this year, though. Creative director Lee Mather says the development time involved in turning around those stories means a two-year cycle. I doubt anyone will be taking to the streets in protest at the omission of such a mode this year, but it’s unusual to hear. FIFA’s The Journey and NBA 2K’s various MyCareer ‘joints’ as the kids call them both managed to bring new stories on an annual cadence, albeit with wildly different budgets and dev teams involved. Milestone just introduced an innovative playable documentary, Nine: Season 2009 with help from documentary maker Mark Neale. One suspects, now under EA’s stewardship and considerable budget, the F1 series could have rolled out a narrative mode if it really wanted to. 

Instead, the focus on the track is revamped handling behavior. In part that’s brought about by the dramatic 2022 regulation changes, which have introduced heavier, radically different-looking vehicles and shaken up the hierarchy of teams. You’ll feel that extra weight through the corners thanks to the force feedback in your wheel or the rumble in your controller, says Mather. Historically the F1 series has been outstanding at this, conveying incredible subtlety of feeling with just a couple of rumble motors, so it’s not simply hyperbole.

This preview also granted us hands-on access to a handful of tracks including the new Miami circuit however, so we didn’t have to take Mather’s word for it. Many laps deep into it, it’s clear that the characteristic subtlety of force feedback has been retained, and there are some noticeable differences in car behavior, particularly at race starts, where everyone moves off at a much slower rate and with low traction, producing great clouds of rubber smoke. Trackside kerbs are no longer as deadly, either, upsetting the ground downforce much less and, in our experience, hardly ever sending us into a spin as they used to in F1 2021

This doesn’t feel like a transformative step forward, though. Two longstanding bugbears remain, whatever the cars look like, and that’s disappointing to observe from a game that’s taking a year off doing the big grandstand story mode to focus on the driving. The first is that there’s something artificial about the way cars lose traction, and it’s not particularly enjoyable to manage. Whereas other racing sims give you a sense of where the car’s weight is and why you might be losing grip (ie your suspension has bottomed out on one side because you’ve thrown the chassis into a corner too aggressively), here there’s no such feedback. And on a pad especially, it’s very unforgiving to try and correct. The sensation’s especially noticeable on high-speed corners, of which the new Miami circuit has in great supply.

Secondly, AI is still very timid about passing you even if it has the pace advantage. This has been a problem for ages now, and it means you often end up with cars packed into a concertina behind you, ten of them separated by about 1.5 seconds, so when you pit in you lose an immersion-shattering number of positions and all sense of race strategy feels arbitrary. 

These impressions are, of course, generated by a work-in-progress build, and we hope our concerns are either rendered redundant, or sidelined by how pleased we are with the new additions. The off-track lifestyle components look genuinely exciting, and we’ve all been wanting to drive the safety cars for years – but F1 22 needs to secure the fundamentals if any of the rest is to hold value. 

Written by Phil Iwaniuk on behalf of GLHF.

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Martin Brundle thought Paolo Banchero was Patrick Mahomes in the most awkward F1 interview

The secondhand embarrassment is strong.

Stars across the sports world had turned out for Sunday’s Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix. Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, David Beckham, LeBron James — they were all in attendance. And while Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes did make the trip to Miami, he wasn’t around for Sky Sports reporter Martin Brundle’s gridwalk.

The problem: Brundle didn’t seem to know that.

Brundle thought he scored an interview with Mahomes about the Miami Grand Prix experience, and he realized about midway through the conversation that he wasn’t talking to Mahomes. Brundle, instead, was interviewing Duke basketball star and potential No. 1 NBA draft pick Paolo Banchero. It was so awkward.

The secondhand embarrassment was absolutely real from that interview. And Brundle walked off with a “whatever” as if he had just interviewed a random 6-foot-10 guy. Banchero could be an NBA star one day, but he is decidedly not Patrick Mahomes.

Fans couldn’t look away from the cringeworthy sequence.

Everything you need to know about F1’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix

What you want and need to know about this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix.

After years of anticipation with many Formula 1 fans hoping this weekend would eventually materialize, F1 is taking on Miami for the first time with Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

The race will be on a purpose-built circuit around Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, and, hopefully, it will live up to all the hype and produce captivating racing, in addition to some awesome views.

But because the Miami Grand Prix is new to the schedule this year — it joins the U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin as the only other American F1 race, currently, before Las Vegas is added to the mix in 2023 — it might be helpful to know a few fast facts about event and venue.

So before the on-track action gets going, here’s what you want and need to know about the Miami Grand Prix.