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New all-female series aims to get women to Formula One

Thursday, 2018-10-11 07:18:56
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General view ahead of the track ahead of Belgian Grand Prix in August 2017. (Reuters)
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A new all-female racing series, launched on Wednesday and supported by former grand prix driver David Coulthard and top designer Adrian Newey, is aiming to help women racers get to Formula One. No woman has competed in Formula One since 1976 but organisers of the 'W Series' hope to provide a platform for them to develop skills before taking on the men further up the motorsport ladder.

* Former England captain John Terry took his first steps into coaching on Wednesday (Oct 10) when he was named as right-hand man to new Aston Villa boss Dean Smith.

* Formula One champions Mercedes also dominated the sport's virtual racetracks on Wednesday with British driver Brendon Leigh starting the defence of his F1 esports title with two wins in three races.

* Ruslan Malinovskiy cancelled out Federico Bernardeschi's second half strike as Italy were held 1-1 by Ukraine in an international friendly in Genoa on Wednesday (Oct 10) during which the victims of the bridge collapse in the city were remembered.

* Gian Piero Ventura, the coach in charge of Italy when they astonishingly failed to qualify for the World Cup last year, has been appointed by Serie A's bottom side Chievo.

* Garbine Muguruza shrugged off a rain delay to sweep through to the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open on Wednesday (Oct 10) in confident style. She brushed aside Romania's Ana Bogdan with the loss of only three games to (6-2, 6-1) underline her status as one of the tournament favourites.

* Germany’s Alexander Zverev has joined Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the last 16 at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday (Oct 10) after defeating the on-form Nikoloz Basilashvili7-5, 6-4.

* Wimbledon is prepared to take action against players who behave badly towards ball boys and girls and plans to discuss the matter with representatives of men's and women's tennis, commercial director Mick Desmond said on Wednesday (Oct 10).

* Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi's stellar career will be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show next year, the five-time world player of the year said Wednesday (Oct 10).

* Doctors in India have called for the postponement of Delhi's half marathon set for Oct 21, as air pollution has worsened sooner in the year than usual, posing a risk to runners.

* Russian Premier League chiefs have requested a lifetime ban for disgraced footballers Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin after video footage caught them attacking two Russian trade ministry officials in an upscale Moscow cafe.

* The Tour de France trophy won by Team Sky's Geraint Thomas earlier this year has been stolen during a cycle show in Birmingham, the UK team said on Wednesday. The trophy, loaned to bike manufacturer Pinarello, had been on display at venues across the UK along with the team's other grand tour titles but was picked up when left unattended at the NEC in Birmingham recently.

Reuters, CNA