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Newsmaker: Nico Rosberg follows father Keke in his own fashion

first_imgNico Rosberg, son of 1982 world champion Keke, could be considered a chip off the old block after the Mercedes driver followed his Finnish father in winning the Formula One title but that would be a mistake.A glance at old photographs and race reports serves to highlight the different eras and different personalities, even if both are now only the second set of father and son world champions.The moustachioed Keke was swashbuckling, hard-charging, fast and muscular behind the wheel as well as being a noted chain-smoker in an era when drivers could not always be sure of surviving the season.At Silverstone in 1985, the Finn became the first driver to lap a circuit at an average speed of more than 160 miles per hour in his Williams. When he got out of the car, he lit up a cigarette.Nico, a personable and healthy-living family man with an easy charm sometimes mistaken for blandness, is much more likely to be seen tucking into an organic salad or devouring reams of data. (Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg wins maiden Formula One title)”Keke was very demanding…let’s just say he didn’t interact with the boys very well. He turned up, drove the car and went away again,” recalled former McLaren stalwart Dave Ryan who worked with him in 1986. “But he was a huge personality.”Nobody would have dared to bestow on Keke the nickname ‘Britney’, after pop star Britney Spears, that Nico was given early in his career by Williams team mate Mark Webber in a reference to his blond good looks.advertisementExpensively educated — he had a place to study aeronautical engineering at London’s Imperial College — and fluent in five languages, Nico was born in Germany but grew up in a life of luxury in Monaco.The 31-year-old is very different also to team mate and triple champion Lewis Hamilton, a regular in the celebrity gossip pages who spends plenty of time in America hanging out with friends from the worlds of film and music.Much of the debate in the run-up to the title decider focused on whether Rosberg, who has also had to contend with jibes that he is not really German, would make a ‘boring’ champion.Indeed, there are those who have questioned whether he is even a worthy winner.Formula One’s 86-year-old supremo Bernie Ecclestone has made little secret of the fact that the edgier Briton, whose background is a world apart from Rosberg’s privileged upbringing, is better box-office.”I come from a not-great place in Stevenage and lived on a couch in my dads apartment. And Nico grew up in Monaco with jets and hotels and boats and all these kind of things,” Hamilton said during their 2014 title battle. (Formula One: Nico Rosberg one win away from his first title)”So the hunger is different.”Any driver who under-estimates Rosberg, and just how much hunger and desire he has, does so at their peril however.Ross Brawn, the former Mercedes team principal who lured Rosberg from Williams to the now multiple championship-winning team, has no illusions.”Hes very resilient. He slips behind a bit, then he has a good talking to himself and comes back. A lot of drivers, having been punished by Lewis for a couple of years, would have gone away,” he said recently.”Hes done a fabulous job of getting beaten and coming back.”Losing out to Hamilton in 2014 and 2015, Rosberg started 2016 with four straight victories.He has won more races than most previous champions did in their careers, and nine this year alone — even if Hamilton ended up with 10 and more pole positions as well.Keke won his title with just one victory, ending his Formula One career with a mere five in total.Those who point to Hamilton’s reliability woes, and blown engines, as a big factor in the title outcome are ignoring the German’s consistency, ability to clear his mind of clutter and sheer persistence. (Lewis Hamilton on pole but Nico Rosberg alongside in Mexico)”Of course he’s a worthy world champion. You win the world championship or you don’t win it,” triple title-holder Jackie Stewart, who has long been an admirer of the German’s talents, told Reuters.A teenage friend and team mate of Hamilton in karting, the pair know each other and their emotional foibles better than any other drivers on the grid.There have been plenty of psychological games but Rosberg has kept his focus this season, sticking to his mantra of taking one race at a time, and it has paid off.advertisement”He just kept on scoring when it mattered,” said team boss Toto Wolff.”The points are what they are, they reflect his performance. And he has kept his cool.”last_img read more


Study exposes possible reason for drop out fish in aquaculture salmon farms

center_img (—A team of researchers from Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands has found evidence that might explain “drop out” fish in salmon and other fish farms. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the team describes their studies of salmon brain chemistry of specimens taken from fish farms and what their findings might mean for improving fishery results. Oncorhynchus gorbuscha. Credit: Timothy Knepp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Journal information: Royal Society Open Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Watching TV for too long may double blood clot risk

first_imgDo you have the habit of sitting glued to the idiot box everyday? Beware, you may be at nearly twice the risk of developing blood clots, researchers warn. The findings showed that risk of blood clots in the veins of the legs, arms, pelvis and lungs known as venous thromboembolism or VTE increases with the amount of time spent watching television even if people get the recommended amount of physical activity. “Watching TV itself isn’t likely bad, but we tend to snack and sit still for prolonged periods while watching,” said Mary Cushman, Professor at the University of Vermont in Burlington.For the study, the team examined 15,158 middle-aged (45-64 years) participants. Those who watched TV “very often” were at 1.7 times higher risk of developing blood clots compared with those who watch TV “never or seldom”.The people, who met recommended guidelines for physical activity and reported watching TV “very often”, had 1.8 times higher risk compared to those who reported watching TV “never or seldom”.”Think about how you can make the best use of your time to live a fuller and healthier life. You could put a treadmill or stationary bike in front of your TV and move while watching,” Cushman said. The results were presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2017 in California. Previous studies have associated prolonged TV viewing with heart disease involving blocked arteries.Although venous thromboembolism is more common in people 60 and older, it can occur at any age.Besides avoiding prolonged TV watching, one can also lower the risk of venous thromboembolism by maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active, the researchers suggested.But that’s not the end of the problems. There are various other issues that you will keep on encountering later in life. Sitting for long hours in front of television not only develop blood clots but also increases the risk of cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, took into account published scientific studies dating from 1970 all the way to 2011 and found that collectively, the data from those studies reveal a clear correlation between more than two hours of TV viewing time and risk factors for type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease. The risk of heart disease increased by 15 percent. For diabetes, the risk increased by 20 percent for people that watched TV more than two hours a day.Yet another study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2011 revealed that when people lower their activity from over 10,000 steps a day to less than 5,000 steps a day, physical changes in the body directly increase that person’s risk to death due to various diseases.agencieslast_img read more