Turkish GP: Max Verstappen fastest in wet and wild final practice

first_imgMax Verstappen fastest as heavy rain falls at Istanbul Park circuit which was described as an “ice rink”, even in the dry; Charles Leclerc second, Lewis Hamilton fails to set a time; Watch qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 at 12pm By Matt MorlidgeLast Updated: 14/11/20 10:05am – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Carlos Sainz struggled to adjust to the wet conditions at Istanbul Park as the McLaren driver spun out at the second turn during final practice. – Advertisement – 0:33 Carlos Sainz struggled to adjust to the wet conditions at Istanbul Park as the McLaren driver spun out at the second turn during final practice. Max Verstappen set the pace in difficult wet conditions in Turkish GP final practice as heavy rainfall gave drivers even more problems on an “ice rink” of an Istanbul Park circuit that was already low on grip.The rain started on Saturday morning and got heavier through Practice Three, with Verstappen’s fastest time of a 1:48.485 coming on intermediate tyres in the Red Bull, almost a second clear of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.Lewis Hamilton, who completed only three laps on full wet tyres and failed to set a time, said “this is as close to driving on ice as you can get” during a session that featured spins and drifts aplenty.Water on a track which was described as “terrifying” even in dry conditions on Friday, was the last thing many drivers wanted and conditions got so bad towards the end of P3 that most decided to stay in the garage.There is, however, expected to be a break in the showers before qualifying, where an unpredictable shootout is in store.Qualifying is live on Sky Sports F1 at 12pm, with build-up at 11am.More to follow.last_img read more

Larry “Doc” Stonebraker

first_imgLarry LeRoy “Doc” Stonebraker 78, of Rising Sun, Indiana, passed away Sunday May 27, 2018 in Rising Sun, Indiana.He was born August 14, 1939 in Aurora, IN son of the late Alfonso Stonebraker and Gertrude Hysell StonebrakerHe proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force .Doc worked for Monsanto, retiring after over 30 years of service.He was a member of Aurora American Legion, Moose and Eagles, and served as Commander of the American Legion for 1 year. Doc attended the First Baptist Church of Rising Sun. He loved playing golf, fishing, watching every sport possible and socializing with oh so many friends. Doc was crowned “most popular” for the Aurora High School class of ’58. He was beloved by more than can be listed, and he will be greatly missed.Doc is survived by his loving spouse of 51 years Laraine Jarvis Stonebraker, children, Scott Stonebraker (Tammy), Chelsea Faso (Roger); grandchildren, Genny Faso, Breck Reeves, Gabby Faso, Max Reeves, Sam Faso; sisters, Marlene Manford, LaVerne Williams.He was preceded in death by his parents and sibling, Pat Stonebraker.Friends will be received Thursday, May 31, 2018, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Rd., Aurora, Indiana.Memorial services will be held at 7:00 pm. Military services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Aurora American Legion Post # 231or First Baptist Church, Rising Sun, IN. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Granada Hills Charter hails its heroes

first_imgGRANADA HILLS – As the student champs walked down the open-air hallways of Granada Hills Charter on Wednesday, medals dangling from their necks clinked with each stride – music to Brian Bauer’s ears. “You guys sound like a bunch of wind chimes,” Bauer, the high school’s executive director, told the Academic Decathlon team. “I have to keep reminding myself that you’re wearing medals.” As the team savored the Los Angeles Unified School District championship it won a day earlier in the mind-boggling Academic Decathlon, Bauer called the victory a metaphor for how far Granada Hills Charter had come. Nearly four years ago, Bauer, then principal of Granada Hills High, and supporters wanted to convert the 4,000-student campus into the San Fernando Valley’s first charter high school. Naysayers questioned how such a large campus could survive independently without the financial support of the district. District board members wondered whether the campus could remain financially sound and ethnically diverse as a charter. Ironically, Lauritzen lost a battle last year to place a moratorium on additional charters until more research is done to prove that charters are as good as or better than traditional campuses. For Bauer, Granada’s successful Academic Decathlon team is a direct result of the school’s conversion to charter status – and, of course, to coaching by Nicholas Weber. He has coached the team throughout the charter years. “We started placing in the top five when we became a charter school,” Bauer said. “Before that, we were placing at near 50th place.” Weber said each of the nine team members will one day be regarded as legends. Among them, they won 48 medals and scored 49,775 of a possible 60,000 points. “This is probably one of our greatest accomplishments,” Weber said. Members of the team, who will go on to represent the district in a statewide meet to be held in Los Angeles next month, said they have set a high bar for the school. “The best part about it is we proved to everybody that we could do it,” said Betty Liu, a 17-year-old junior on the team. “For so long, everyone from every school had doubts about how we could do, being from Granada. This just proves them wrong,” Liu said. “We really were the underdogs, which can be fun,” said 17-year-old Eunice Lee. “But it’s nice to see your name on trophies,” added Michelle Poon, 17. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664 Granada Hills Charter High’s Academic Decathlon team COACH: Nicholas Weber MEMBERS: Leslie Cayton; Jazzlyn De Joya, Jordana Friedman, Yoshimi Kawashima, Eunice Lee, Betty Liu, Dustin McKenzie, Michelle Poon, Allison Quach160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Charter campuses are not bound by as many rules as traditional campuses, and there were some disputes between school and district officials over funding special-education programs. Ultimately, LAUSD officials granted the school one year as a charter campus to prove itself. The school has proved itself – and then some, said Bauer. Granada Hills is the largest charter high school in the nation. “We’ve been able to do a lot without asking anyone’s permission,” said Bauer. The school added more instructors to lower the typical class size from 41 to 36. Programs such as music and art, shrinking at other campuses, were expanded. Granada Hills is among few high schools that offer an Advanced Placement class in art history. The school’s Academic Decathlon victory was praised by LAUSD board member Jon Lauritzen. But he also pointed out that the second- and third-place finishers, El Camino Real and North Hollywood, are traditional high schools. Both El Camino and Taft have won state and national awards in the past. “Granada Hills has just always been a high-quality school,” Lauritzen said. “Their leadership is continuing to pull them up.” last_img read more