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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sochi ~ F1 Hamilton .......... and Putin soaked !!

There are protocols to be followed ~especially when the Guest is a person of repute ..sometimes people in their over enthusiastic zeal, break the rules … then what follows is not entirely appreciable ….

Putin is a great hero ….. he has launched another attack… not missiles but this time it’s on an ice rink; the Russian leader celebrated his 63rd  birthday playing hockey as his military carries out strikes in Syria.  Putin scored seven goals as his star-studded team, which included ice hockey legend PavelBure, won the game 15-10, during a live broadcast from the Olympic city of Sochi. Earlier in the afternoon Putin was briefed by Mr Shoigu in televised remarks that four Russian warships - based 900 miles away in the Caspian Sea - had launched 26 strikes on 11 ISIS targets. Putin was given a trophy for his team's win at the end of the game and a medal for his contribution to hockey in Russia. The opposing team included defence minister Sergei Shoigu as well as President Putin's close friends - tycoons Gennady Timchenko and Arkady Rotenberg. Last year, Mr Putin reportedly spent his birthday holed up in the Siberian wilderness far away from populated areas.

Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast.   Being part of theCaucasian Riviera, it is one of the very few places in Russia with a subtropical climate, with warm to hot summers and mild winters.Sochi hosted the XXII Olympic Winter Gamesand XI Paralympic Winter Games in 2014, as well as the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014 until at least 2020.It will also be one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Away from the game of Cricket [with debates on whether Dhoni’s success as finisher has weaned] is Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, a British Formula One racing driver currently racing for the Mercedes AMG team. He is the 2008 and 2014 Formula One World Champion.Coming from a mixed background, with a black father and white mother, Hamilton is often labelled "the first black driver in Formula One”. He has more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One and is currently tied for third on the all-time wins list, with 42 wins.The Sochi Autodrom, is a 5.848 km Formula One racing street circuit in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.  The inaugural World Championship Russian Grand Prix took place in 2014, beginning a seven-year contract.The Russian Grand Prix  held here is an annual auto race as part of the Formula One World Championship.

'Nice knowing you, Lewis': Twitter fans taunt Hamilton after F1 driver embarrasses President Putin by soaking him with champagne on podium of Sochi Grand Prix. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at Sochi Grand Prix. He was joined on the winners' podium by Russia's President Vladimir Putin. The pair took a moment to celebrate together as Putin handed over trophy ~even before the President got down, Hamilton started spraying champagne.

Mercedes driver Hamilton took first place today, ahead of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, and Force India driver Sergio Perez of Mexico and his moment of glory was enhanced when President Putin stepped up to congratulate him on the podium, taking some time away from his activities in Syria to share in celebrations.

After enjoying Hamilton's moment of glory, the Russian leader was ushered off stage after a quick wave to the crowd. The champagne split on the leader too.  MailOnline reports that some viewers posted on Twitter their concerns for Hamilton’s well-being after the incident.‘Putin responds by giving his political opposition kill-squad Lewis Hamilton’s home address. Nice knowing you Lewis,’ wrote one. Another stated, ‘You best watch your back brother, soaking Putin not a good idea when he can bomb you from 1,000 miles away!!!’

The racing driver told President Putin that Russia is a 'beautiful country'.  Hamilton is well-known for his celebration antics, although this latest comes as something of a step up from previous targets.Earlier this year Hamilton came under fire for spraying a hostess in the face with champagne after winning the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Liu Siying was pictured grimacing as Lewis Hamilton sprayed champagne at her face after winning the race and Sexism campaigners called Hamilton's behaviour 'selfish', saying that it ruined what should have been a moment of celebration.  One campaigner wrote, ‘The champagne is being very specifically directed into her face, which does not look like a voluntary piece of horseplay on her part.’She added: ‘It is surely a very difficult position to be a grid girl and she would have had little option but to stand there and take it.

It was Hamilton’s moment of triumph – yet, not the right reaction when the President of the Country was on podium.  Meanwhile, Russia’s warplanes continued to pound Syria, and claimed to destroy an ISIS command post in the western Latakia province.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

12th Oct 2015.

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