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Temperatures, tyres and tactics – F1

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PHUKET: Before Shanghai, I predicted correctly that Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso would be on the podium, but who would be the third driver to join them? In the event it was Lewis Hamilton, but in truth it could have been any driver in the first half of the field (click here for article).

If only Felipe Massa’s car had not had such a problem with the medium tyres; if only Nico Rosberg had not suffered from understeer; if only Mark Webber’s wheels had all stayed attached; if only Jensen Button’s engineer had got the strategy right to allow him that third pit stop; if only Adrian Sutil had not hit teammate Paul di Resta; if only Daniel Ricciardo had not had to stop for a new nose, and so on.

Strategy was the key to Shanghai, and that has annoyed some old Formula 1 speed heads. But we haven’t seen such exciting wheel to wheel racing for ages. Surely no one wants a return to the dark Schumacher days when he won everything just by having the fastest car, and being prepared to do anything to win?

The medium tyre proved very effective at the beginning of the race when cars were pregnant with fuel. This was so important that those who started on the soft tyre pitted to change boots as quickly as possible.

There was an abundance of overtaking, because strategies required drivers to pass as many cars as possible to gain track position before the next pit stop. Button and Vettel opted to run the soft tyres at the end, which was wrong but gave an electrifying duel all the way to the chequered flag.

So, we had the third winner out of the three races for the season; with world champions holding all top five places at Shanghai. The results initially remained provisional, pending a series of judgements over the use of DRS (drag reduction system) under yellow flag conditions.

Vettel, Webber, Räikkönen, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Riccardo, Button, Romain Grosjean and Max Chilton were all told to explain themselves after the race. But the stewards accepted that there had been a “degree of confusion” relating to the FIA’s telemetry system, which has been problematic since appointing a new supplier this season. The telemetry system was partially disabled in Shanghai, so race officials could not centrally control DRS as in previous seasons. This was compounded by a one minute delay before yellow flag warnings appeared on drivers’ steering wheel display units.

Last week I asked several questions. Could McLaren possibly get it together? Well – nearly. Could Force India be a force to reckon with? I think they could, if they stop hitting each other.

Lotus was back to form, and Kimi Räikkönen took second even with a broken nose and wing.

In the Constructors’ Championship, it’s now Red Bull leading with 78 points, from Ferrari 73, Lotus 60, and Mercedes 52. In the Drivers’ Championship, Vettel is on 52, Räikkönen 49, Alonso 43, Hamilton 40, Massa 30, and Webber 26. So it’s wide open.

In the Red Bull soap opera ‘Milton Keynes’, Webber could be forgiven for feeling paranoid. He was penalized because his team provided him with insufficient fuel during qualifying, so he started from the pit lane, then he was hit by a sister team Torro Rosso, and finally his wheel fell off in the race.

Meanwhile, Vettel ramped up the tragi-comedy by announcing that he feels no need to apologize for his behaviour at the Malaysian GP. “I don’t apologize for winning,” said Vettel. “I love racing so, yeah that’s what I did.”

It seems Vettel thinks he, possibly with Helmut Marko, is in charge of Red Bull. Maybe he is.

And so it’s on to Bahrain, where Pirelli is providing hard and medium compounds for a circuit dominated by long 300 km/h straights and slow corners. So, brakes will play a significant role. Bahrain demands superb aerodynamics with sturdy low speed traction.

The desert location means track evolution is uncertain, depending on how much sand blows onto the circuit. High temperatures provide a real challenge to cooling systems and tyre management, with heavy demands on rear tyres as opposed to Shanghai where the front left tyre took the brunt of the track attack.

I continue to believe, barring accidents, that three time winner Alonso will triumph, followed by Räikkönen. That elusive third man on the podium could be almost anyone again. JB, Vettel and Massa have all won here before, and Webber, Hamilton and Paul di Resta must all fancy their chances.

Join me by the big screen at Phuket’s Green Man, Chalong (click here for map) on Saturday at 6pm for the qualifiers and on Sunday at 7pm for the race.

— The Digby

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

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One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

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PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com

In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.

But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.

Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.

In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.

The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.

By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.

Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.

You can read the full list HERE.

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com

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