Mexican Grand Prix: Max Verstappen Takes Pole Position, Valtteri Bottas Suffers Nasty Crash

first_img Charles Leclercferrariformula onelewis hamilton First Published: October 27, 2019, 12:54 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Mexico City: Max Verstappen took pole position and Valtteri Bottas crashed heavily in the final seconds of Saturday’s dramatic qualifying session for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.The Dutchman, who is chasing a hat-trick of Mexican triumphs for Red Bull, outpaced the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel with a best lap in one minute and 14.758 seconds. Verstappen’s success consoled him for missing out on pole at the same event last year when he was beaten by his then team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, now with Renault, and gives him a great chance to add to his wins in 2017 and 2018.VERSTAPPEN: “To come out on top is incredible! A huge thank you to the team, they worked very hard. We showed today that we are very quick”#MexicoGP 🇲🇽 #F1— Formula 1 (@F1) October 26, 2019 Lewis Hamilton qualified in fourth place in his Mercedes, the champion-elect never finding the pace to challenge for a front row grid position, ahead of Red Bull’s Alex Albon and Bottas who was sixth.Hamilton will wrap up his sixth drivers world title if he can finish on the podium and 14 points ahead of Bottas, his only remaining rival this year.Bottas lost control of his Mercedes at the high-speed sweeping Peraltada corner, veering off track and into the barriers. He sat still in his car for several minutes, breathing heavily, before he climbed out.Carlos Sainz was seventh ahead of his McLaren team-mate Lando Norris and the two Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly. last_img read more

Marijuana fees generate funds for student travel in Sitka

first_imgStudent activities in Sitka are getting a boost from the marijuana industry. During their meeting last week, the Assembly approved depositing all money generated from state marijuana licensing fees into a specific fund for student travel sponsored by the school district.Listen Now Assemblyman Steven Eisenbeisz believes this could generate $8000 to $10,000, depending on how the burgeoning pot industry takes off. So far, state has awarded licenses to three cultivation facilities and one retail shop. Each state fee costs $5000 and local communities receive half of that.As for student activities in Sitka, the local contribution has been fairly stable – $132,000 this year – and teams and clubs fundraise to make up the rest. With but more students flying to competitions around Southeast, the need is greater. Superintendent Mary Wegner says she appreciates the Assembly’s creativity.“Activities and athletics are a great antidote to smoking marijuana,” Wegner said. “When you’re involved with activities you don’t want to. So it is a very interesting and novel approach, but I appreciate the [Assembly’s] creativity in keeping the students first and foremost in their minds and in their actions.”The idea wasn’t embraced by everyone, though. Aaron Bean, owner of the grow and retail operation Green Leaf Inc., objected to the ordinance, stressing the importance of keeping marijuana out of young hands.“If we’re funding school programs and the kids that are traveling know where these funds come through, I would hate to encourage…it’s not direct advertising, but I feel like it’s priming if that makes sense. in these programs know…I wouldn’t be in favor of that as a business owner,” Bean said.Mim McConnell, who completed her final meeting as Sitka’s Mayor Tuesday night, said that while she understand where Bean was coming from, there is precedent.“To me, it’s kind of like the tobacco tax going to the hospital,” McConnell said. “We don’t give it to the hospital and people thinking, ‘Money going to the hospital? Let’s smoke more.’ So hopefully that’s not what people thing.”The ordinance then passed unanimously, on second and final reading.last_img read more