BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Lionel Messi and Barcelona gave newly promoted Leganes a ruthless welcome to the Spanish league yesterday.Messi repeatedly combined with Luis Suarez and Neymar as Barcelona eased to a 5-1 victory in its first-ever visit to Leganes, a small club from southern Madrid playing their maiden campaign in the first division.The more than 10,000 blue-and-white clad fans who packed Butarque Stadium witnessed the cold, hard truth of playing against the best of the top flight.cHEERS diminishedMessi scored twice, once from the penalty spot, giving him five goals in two matches in a five-day span.The win came before Barcelona clashes with AtlÈtico Madrid, who matched the defending champion’s win with a 5-0 thrashing of Sporting Gijon.Boisterous at kickoff, the cheers from the Leganes crowd diminished with each goal until Gabriel Appelt gave them reason to celebrate when he scored from a free kick with 10 minutes remaining.By that time, the result was long beyond doubt, following additional goals from Suarez and Neymar that Messi played a part in setting up before Rafina struck Barcelona’s fifth from distance.
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Marketing and Communications Manager Carole Beckford says that the body wants to have the ‘History of Cricket’ added to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations for Physical Education in the future.Beckford says the intention is to have the younger generation understand how important the sport is to Caribbean unity.”Physical education (PE) is already on the CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) curriculum,” she says. “Because of the strong history of cricket as a subject, we thought it would have been an important partnership with CXC to ensure that the history of West Indies Cricket is being carried on – that people understand how important it is, whether it’s social, business or political. If a young student passes through the region and does physical education, they’ll understand not just the physical part of it, but the historical and the social context as well.”ON THE PANELBeckford was a member of the panel that looked at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) syllabus for physical education.”Physical education is being looked at broadly. For example, at the SBA (School Based Assessment) level, you could jolly well do a cricket project as part of your assessment. It’s just to get it as a subject matter for PE,” she says.She adds that CXC already has a responsibility to foster Caribbean unity.”Caribbean unity [can already be seen] through CXC, CARICOM, Caribbean exports, and all those organisations that seek to unify the region.”CXC is from an academic development perspective, and cricket is a topical subject. The history is important. It’s not just about pride; it’s about carrying on the legacy of what cricket has done and what it continues to do for the Caribbean.”Beckford and the WICB have been meeting with CXC in order to make curriculum addition a reality and she says talks between both organisations are still ongoing.- R.P.
HULL, England (AP):Ross Barkley headed a late equaliser to earn Everton a 2-2 draw with struggling Hull in the English Premier League yesterday.Hull captain Michael Dawson gave his side a sixth-minute lead, only for an own-goal by goalkeeper David Marshall in first-half injury time to make it all square.Robert Snodgrass restored Hull’s lead with a superb free kick in the 65th minute, but Barkley pounced with six minutes left to earn his side a point.Everton remained seventh in the standings, while Hull swapped the bottom of the table for 19th place ahead of the rest of the weekend’s matches.Hull attacked right from the start and were rewarded almost immediately. Curtis Davies rose to meet a corner taken by Snodgrass and flicked the ball on for Dawson to rifle a shot between Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles and the far post.Everton pushed forward in search of an equaliser and nearly found it in the 15th minute when Seamus Coleman sent a header against the base of the right-hand post.Though the hosts looked to have done enough to keep their lead until the interval, they conceded in agonising fashion in the first minute of added time.Kevin Mirallas sent over a corner and Marshall’s botched attempt to punch the ball clear in an aerial melee with teammate Dieumerci Mbokani saw it fly into his own net.GOOD ATTEMPTSLifted by the equaliser, Everton showed more attacking intent at the restart and nearly took the lead after just three minutes. Romelu Lukaku shrugged off Hull’s defenders and managed to unleash a deflected left-foot shot that was tipped onto the crossbar by Marshall.Soon after, it was Hull’s turn to be denied by the woodwork. Snodgrass drove a free kick over the Everton wall, only for the ball to slam against the post and crossbar with a helpless Robles rooted to the spot.Ten minutes later, Everton conceded another free kick and this time Snodgrass made the visitors pay. Robles got an outstretched glove to the ball after it curled over the wall, but couldn’t keep it out.Again, Hull just needed to hold on for a precious victory in its battle to avoid relegation.But watched by England coach Gareth Southgate, Barkley grabbed Everton’s equaliser with a downward header – meeting a perfect cross from left back Leighton Barnes, whose earlier foul had led to Snodgrass’s goal.
However, repeating her success in the high jump final today and pushing her team closer to retaining the title is high on her agenda, and she expects a similar level of performance from herself on the final day. “We are on course to repeating our title. I have the high jump and I expect to do well in that event as well. I think I can win but when the day comes we will see what happens,” Ashley said. Ashley enters Champs as the third best Class Two high jumper in the country after clearing 1.78m earlier this season. When the Class Two girls high jump final takes place at 2:05 p.m. today, she is expected to do battle with Lamara Distin from Vere Technical and her Edwin Allen teammate Janique Burgher, who have both cleared 1.80m this season. HIGH ON AGENDA After copping the girls Class Two long jump gold medal and contributing nine valuable points to defending champions Edwin Allen’s title ambitions, Annia Ashley could hardly contain her excitement following her success inside the National Stadium at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. Ashley, who entered the competition as the overwhelming favourite for the gold medal after being the only girl in her class to jump beyond 6m this season underlined that she now wants to add the high jump title to the long jump crown she won on Wednesday. Most importantly, she wants her school to have the nine points on offer for winning that event as well. “It really means a lot to me to win this event, because I really want my school to win the championship again this year and the points are very important. So I am happy for the win,” Ashley told The Gleaner after leaping 5.92m to finish ahead of Holmwood’s Susan Francis, who went 5.89m and her Edwin Allen teammate, Lotavia Brown, who was third with a leap of 5.62m. Although satisfied with her long jump effort, Ashley believes that she could have done much better had she been fully fit. “5.92m was an OK distance but I am just happy I came out and executed very well but this was not really my best performance, because I have been sick all season,” she added.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Against NLEX, the former Ateneo star set up Fil-German Christian Standhardinger for the game-winning basket before burying the go-ahead triple to sink Alaska three days later.With his skill set, potential and winning pedigree, Ravena is considered as one of the top draft prospects if he joins the class of 2017 along with versatile guard Ray Parks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas overcame a three games in four days gauntlet the past week, eking out narrow wins over PBA teams as part of its buildup for the Jones Cup.The tune-up games were also beneficial for amateur standouts on the team like Kiefer Ravena, who was able to gauge himself against some of the top professional players in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Boxers set bold goal: six-gold sweep “Being in this type of position for me, personally, allows me to see where I am, where to improve on and helps me in making a decision of making it into the draft already,” said Ravena.The 23-year-old Ravena has yet to decide whether he would declare for this year’s PBA Draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Based on Ravena’s performance in the exhibition games, he proved he can roll with the big boys.Throughout his young basketball career, Ravena is known for his ability to flourish under pressure-packed situations and he made no exceptions during the tuneups. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation View comments
LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Creamline Cool Smashers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline entered the semifinal stages of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference with an immaculate slate after capping off its elimination round campaign with a come-from-behind win over BanKo Perlas, 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 28-26, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers ended the preliminary stages with a 7-0 record while the Perlas Spikers (3-4) moved to the brink of elimination. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Lastimosa, Mallari team up as NLEX rises to 4-0 A loss to Bali Pure in its match against Pocari Sweat will ensure BanKo Perlas of at least a playoff for the fourth spot.Rosemarie Vargas capped off Creamline’s furious 21-9 rally with an off-the-block kill to finish the match and preserve the Cool Smashers’ perfect card. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We always tell our players to calm their nerves because this is a no-pressure game for us,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro who reserved a semifinals slot since it etched a 5-0 record. “Coach Tai, however, told us to win the game.”“This sweep just shows how talented our players are and we just don’t depend on Alyssa [Valdez], she’s our leader but other players are capable of stepping up.” ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Valdez is in Japan with the national team as they prepare for the Southeast Asian Games and AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship. Francesca Raqraquin put up a game-high 23 points to lead the Cool Smashers while Vargas and Pau Soriano added 16 and 12 points, respectively.Kathy Bersola led the Perlas Spikers with 22 points.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Rhezie Aragon cops silver in taekwondo MOST READ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Already, Syquia is being eyed to represent the Philippines in the Asian Games next year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) READ: Syquia wins PH’s 23rd gold, rules equestrian show jumpTeam manager Daniella Virata said the horse may have travelled 36 hours.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Imagine what the horse went through, standing on the pallet all those hours,” said Virata.But Syquia remained cool through it all, “he was smiling and sharing the same personality as Adventure, they really jibed together,” she said. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Colin Syquia of the Philippines. Photo taken from the official Twitter account of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games @KL2017KUALA LUMPUR — John Colin Syquia was already rethinking his decision of competing in the Southeast Asian Games because of a long flight from Florida.His mount Adventure L took the flight from Florida to New York to Amsterdam, Netherlands to Baku, Azerbaijan before coming here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James answers questions during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)The NBA world was once again abuzz, as former NBA MVP Derrick Rose announced he’d be once again taking a leave of absence from basketball due to personal concerns.READ: Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matterADVERTISEMENT Fight breaks out as Lady Warriors beat Tigresses for last finals slot This is the second time that Rose has requested a leave of absence due to personal matters, the first being when he was with the New York Knicks last season.His repeated actions have given life to speculations that the 29-year-old star could be possibly retiring from the sport.“We hope this ain’t the end, but if it is, I was happy I got an opportunity to spend a couple months with him and watch him be the great point guard that he once was,” James said.“But at the end of the day, a clearer head, there’s no substitute for that. We want the best for Derrick. … No matter if he comes back, no matter if he doesn’t, we want him as an individual, as a man, as a father to be just happy with whatever decision he makes.”Joining the Cavs as a free agent this season, Rose has only managed to suit up for seven of the team’s first 18 games, and has missed the past seven games due to a sprained left ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ As of writing, he has yet to give out a statement regarding his decision. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Earlier today, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue advised the injury-riddled guard to “take all the time he needs,” and it looks like LeBron James wishes the same for his troubled teammate.“We want, whatever he decides to do, we want the best for him,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin shortly after the team’s 100-99 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday (Saturday in Manila).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneREAD: James has triple-double, Cavs beat Hornets for 7th straight“At the end of the day, you can’t substitute nothing for happiness. And obviously, we know the injuries that he’s been going through his whole career,” he added. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments
Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings DiGregorio has played a huge part in that spurt, shooting 50-percent from thre to average 23.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.0 rebounds in the Elite’s last two victories.His blazing performance was the reason why the Elite broke away from the Picanto in the third period, firing 14 of his 21 points in the frame to give his team a much-needed 77-65 cushion.DiGregorio, though, said that with how things are going with Blackwater, anybody can be the hero for the squad any given day.“It just so happens that I had the hot hand, the big game. But we have a lot of good players,” he said. “The last two games were my night, the next two could be Allein’s night, Mac’s night. Poy has been a beast and he’s playing great every single game. It just so happened that I have the hot hand the last two games, but it could be anybody.”The Elite aim to formalize their entry to the quarterfinals when they take on NLEX on Sunday and Phoenix on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It took time, but the Elite are finally playing to their potential. They scored an upset over San Miguel last week before doubling down on the Picanto on Friday.“I think we have a great team. I think Poy (Erram) is a great player, same with Mac Belo, Allein (Maliksi). We also have great role players and veterans,” said DiGregorio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDiGregorio is crediting this belated Blackwater run for a playoff berth to players sticking to their roles.“Nothing changed really. We’ve just been playing a lot more cohesive and more as a team. We’re jelling a lot more together,” he said. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES “We took care of our first game, but the job’s not done. If we take care of the next two, then there won’t be any problem,” said DiGregorio. “Our fate is in our hands. If we take care of business, we have a great chance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Raqraquin, San Beda not discouraged by NCAA Finals game 1 loss Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Blackwater winning its last two games, Mike DiGregorio likes his side’s odds of making it to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.“I think our chances are great,” he said as the Elite improved to 4-5 after a 95-76 win over Kia. “We hold our own destiny if we take care of business.”ADVERTISEMENT
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures as he answers to reporters at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday, April 5, 2018. The Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix will take place here on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)SAKHIR, Bahrain — World champion Lewis Hamilton will keep a close eye on Formula One owner Liberty Media’s proposed talks with the teams on Friday because his next contract could be shaped by what happens.U.S.-owned Liberty took over after Bernie Ecclestone’s 40-year reign ended last year. F1’s managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn has the task Friday of presenting the ownership’s plans beyond 2020 when the current rules — known as the Concorde Agreement — expire.ADVERTISEMENT People’s champ Nurmagomedov vs Holloway in UFC title fight Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “We can put (down) the (F1) qualifying order for this race right now and that’s a little bit sad.”Liberty also plans to reduce costs.“The biggest problem is there are so many people making the decisions. I’ve talked to people high up who have absolutely no idea what it means to be a racing driver, or a team, or a designer, and others that do understand it, like Ross,” Hamilton said.“At least they’ve got some people there who do understand it and hopefully we’ll move in the right direction.”Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said teams have a responsibility to try to overcome their differences in the face of a threat by Ferrari to quit.Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne is unhappy with the proposals to simplify engines and redistribute prize money.“Don’t mess with Sergio Marchionne,” Wolff said. “Formula One needs Ferrari much more than Ferrari needs Formula One.”F1 cars use 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid engines. According to media reports, F1 and governing body FIA agree on a simpler model which reduces costs. But this would impact on the hybrid system, which recovers energy from the turbo and makes Mercedes and Ferrari so powerful.Amid so many competing agendas, optimism is low.“Trying to get a consensus between teams that have varying objectives, different set-ups, is going to be impossible,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said. “It’s history repeating itself.” Drivers, who have minimal input, are also divided.If they could write down ideas on a blank sheet of paper, Hamilton said, “there would be some who say they’d like it futuristic like Formula E, and drivers like me who say they want a V12 (engine) and a manual gear box.”Danish driver Kevin Magnussen could not care less.“Liberty should just do their own research and not listen to the drivers,” he said. “Because drivers will just say what’s in their best interests.”Veteran Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen responded to the question with trademark indifference.“What’s the point for me, to give you a list, because in the end I have zero power?” he said. “We can’t, we don’t make the rules.”___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Hamilton’s Mercedes contract runs out this year, and he is keen to know more about Liberty’s vision before he signs a new one.“Potentially there’s some sort of announcement, or discussions, with what’s happening with Formula One moving forward,” the four-time champion said at the Bahrain Grand Prix Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s always good to wait to hear some of those. (They) could or could not have an impact on decisions you make in terms of length (of contract).”Although F1 has not commented specifically on the blueprint, it revolves around more equal prize money, slashing budgets of big teams, introducing cheaper engines to minimize the performance gaps and standardizing technical rules to increase competition. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “The next contract is probably the most important one of my career. Ultimately you want to have all the information so that you can make the most knowledgeable decision,” the 33-year-old Hamilton said.“Maybe it affects the driver market, maybe it doesn’t. It’s actually come at a pretty good time as I haven’t actually put pen to paper.”Mercedes has won the past four drivers’ and constructors’ championships while Red Bull did so with Sebastian Vettel driving from 2010-13.F1 hopes to level the playing field and provide more excitement.“If you watch a race of IndyCars or whatever, that unpredictable result until the last 10 laps makes you excited,” two-time champion Fernando Alonso said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments