Thermal cam Paul Di Resta Sky Bet Formula 1 Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Formula 1 Betting 10 Free Bet Paul Hembery has given Pirelli’s thumbs-up to the thermal imaging camera that showed heat being put through the tyres on Paul di Resta’s car during Friday practice at the Italian GP.
Coverage of the afternoon session showed the front tyres on Di Resta’s Force India glowing through the corners at Monza.
“It was great wasn’t it?” Hembery said.
“It’s the sort of thing we use in our own development work.
We fit, I think, seven infra-red cameras across the tyre and do some quite complex data collection.
“The really clever bit is actually the transformation of the readings into a usable data.
I was asked what the colours represent; I don’t know because I haven’t been involved in the calibration.
“But it gives you an idea of where the heat builds up on the tyre going round and it shows that they don’t have an easy life.” According to Hembery, teams would have no problem no problem with the use of such technology – so long as it stopped short of revealing any particular strengths or weaknesses.
“I think, team to team, they’d love to see it actually.
I think there’s going to have to be a balance there.
But I guess if it’s not absolute values then it’s not an issue,” he added.
“It’s very powerful information.
It’ll be interesting to see how much they like it or don’t like it from a team point of view.”
Robert Griffin III: Was the breakout star of the NFC East in 2012 The highest-profile division in the NFL has not been home to the highest-quality teams in recent years, but it remains as intriguing as ever.
Eagles Predicting injuries is never nice but I just can’t see Griffin staying healthy.
The Giants have the most solid set-up.
Last season it was the Washington Redskins who produced a big shock to finish atop the standings behind an inspired campaign from rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
But the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys are still very much contenders despite their disappointing records in 2012, and the possibility of Griffin toning down his playing style only enhances their chances.
With the Philadelphia Eagles having hired innovate offensive mind Chip Kelly as their new head coach, there is plenty to look out for in the NFC East.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (10-6) Mike Shanahan: Led the Washington Redskins to the play-offs last season Ins: CB EJ Biggers, WR Devery Henderson, WR Donte’ Stallworth, DE Darryl Tapp.
Outs: OT Jammal Brown, CB Cedric Griffin,’s Madieu Williams.
Star Man: Robert Griffin III.
The quarterback inspired the Redskins to the division title following an incredible rookie campaign which saw him set the highest passer rating ever by a first-year signal-caller.
However, his season was ended by a serious knee injury in the first round of the play-offs and many are wondering whether his body can withstand another season of punishing hits.
If he is forced to cut down on his rushing attempts, will Griffin be as effective? Outlook: On paper the Redskins should be in a good position to build on the foundations that were laid last season.
There has been minimal change in the roster and both Griffin and running back Alfred Morris should be a lot better with one full year of NFL experience under their belts.
Griffin’s health is the biggest question mark, however.
He is set to be ready for the Redskins’ opener but if he continues to play the way he did last year, it is unlikely he will last the season.
The Redskins had fifth-worse rated defence in the NFL last season, but part of that can be attributed to an unfortunate string of injuries.
The likes of Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker are now fit again and return to bolster the pass rush.
If Griffin can stay healthy and improve on his incredible production from last year, the Redskins are Super Bowl contenders.
If not, they may struggle to make the play-offs.
NEW YORK GIANTS (9-7) Victor Cruz: One of the New York Giants’ main playmakers Ins: K Josh Brown, LB Dan Connor, TE Brandon Myers, DT Cullen Jenkins, CB Aaron Ross.
Outs: TE Martellus Bennett, DT Rocky Bernard, LB Chase Blackburn, LB Michael Boley, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, DT Chris Canty, WR Domenik Hixon, OT Sean Locklear,’s Kenny Phillips, K Lawrence Tynes, DE Osi Umenyiora.
Star Man: Victor Cruz.
Like the Giants as a whole, Cruz made a hot start last season before fading away over the second half of the campaign.
The speedy receiver, who went undrafted in 2010, signed a new five-year contract in the off-season and has a lot to live up to this season.
Outlook: The Giants have lost a number of starters on defence and even though some of them were clearly past their best anyway, the team may well be affected by the departures.
The defensive line has undergone a huge overhaul, with athletic pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul now expected to step up as the star man of both the front seven and the defence in general.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s exit was possibly the highest-profile of all but in David Wilson New York have an explosive replacement who can go the distance on any play.
Jerry Reese is renowned for building solidly through the draft and this year he selected offensive lineman Justin Pugh in the first round to aid the Giants’ pass protection issues.
Damontre Moore, a talented defensive end, was a great value selection in the third round.
But the outcome of the Giants’ season likely rests on the shoulders of two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning, who has one of the best receiving corps in the NFL at his disposal if he can find the consistency he lacked last year.
DALLAS COWBOYS (8-8) Tony Romo: Signed a huge contract extension during the off-season Ins: LB Justin Durant,’s Will Allen.
Outs: LB Victor Butler, LB Dan Connor, CB Mike Jenkins, RB Felix Jones, WR Kevin Ogletree,’s Gerald Sensabaugh, DT Marcus Spears.
Star Man: DeMarcus Ware.
While the pass-rushing linebacker may have seen a slight dip in his sack totals in 2012, he is still the cornerstone of the Dallas defence and a player that no offensive lineman in the NFL will relish trying to block.
Outlook: That Dallas has a talented team has not been in question over the past few seasons.
The likes of DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Ware, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne are some of the most exciting players in the NFL at their respective positions, but as a team Dallas’ regular season records and play-off performances have consistently failed to match their potential.
The feeling heading into this season is that this is a make-or-break year for both head coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo, who has the added pressure of a recently-signed six-year, $108 million contract to contend with.
If the roster plays up to its potential then the Cowboys have a legitimate shot at a Super Bowl run but, as we have seen in recent seasons, a spectacular implosion is also not out of the question.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (4-12) Chip Kelly: Is set to bring his high-tempo offence to the NFL Ins: LB Connor Barwin, TE James Casey,’s Patrick Chung, QB Dennis Dixon, Clifton Geathers, CB Bradley Fletcher, P Donnie Jones RB, Felix Jones, DT Isaac Sopoaga, CB Cary Williams.
Outs: CB Nnamdi Asomugha, OT Demetress Bell, OT King Dunlap, DT Cullen Jenkins, LB Akeem Jordan, P Mat McBriar, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, G Jake Scott, DE Darryl Tapp.
Star Man: LeSean McCoy.
Although his carries as a traditional running back may decrease in the offence of new head coach Chip Kelly, McCoy is still a major threat catching passes out of the backfield and is looking to bounce back from an injury-hit 2012.
Outlook: After their ‘Dream Team’ experiment ended in something more closely resembling a nightmare, the Eagles have opted to rebuild under Kelly and with a dramatically overhauled defence.
Cullen Jenkins, Akeem Jordan, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were all important starters last year but have left the franchise in the off-season.
Although the latter three may have been disappointing in their short stints with the Eagles, they still leave big holes to fill.
But all the talk heading into the season has been of the Eagles’ offence.
Kelly was famed for his high-tempo ‘blur’ attack while in charge at the University of Oregon and whether he can transfer it successfully into the professional ranks has been a source of much debate.
He certainly has suitable tools to work with – Michael Vick is still one of the NFL’s more mobile quarterbacks despite his age, McCoy is an elusive runner and DeSean Jackson has pace to burn either as a receiver or hybrid tailback/wideout.
Whatever happens, it will be interesting to watch.
Lincoln Withers: Not yet sure if he will carry on playing once he returns to Australia Lincoln Withers will leave Hull KR at the end of the Super League season and return to Australia.
The 32-year-old has spent the last two years with the Robins, joining the club from Crusaders, but has been troubled by injuries in 2013.
Withers admits he is not yet sure if he will carry on playing when he goes back Down Under but is determined to sign off in style with Rovers, who are assured of a top-eight finish and a place in the play-offs.
“Myself and my family will be heading back to Australia at the end of the season,” he told Hull KR’s website.
“I’m undecided as to whether or not I’ll be carrying on playing footy back home or maybe starting a new chapter in my life.
I pride myself on my fitness levels and will to win and still feel as though I have plenty to offer as a player so we’ll see what happens.
“This year has been a tough one for me with one or two injuries but hopefully I can finish strongly and help the team end 2013 on a high.
“I’m disappointed to be leaving the club and the start of the year probably didn’t help with that but it is what it is and you move on.” Withers previously enjoyed two spells with the Canberra Raiders in the NRL, making his first-grade debut with them back in 2000, as well as playing for Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra Dragons.
Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel have handed a ban to Coventry player Michael Ryan Coventry back-row Michael Ryan has been given a two-year suspension by the Rugby Football Union for an anti-doping violation.
The player tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (a metabolite of Nandrolone) and Clenbuterol, both prohibited non-specified substances when tested in May this year.
A disciplinary panel banned Ryan from 7 June, 2013 until 6 June, 2015.
He is free to play again the following day.
The player admitted to the offence and agreed to the case being heard on papers without attending in person.
“It’s with regret that I have to admit to the findings,” Ryan wrote when asked for his response to the charge by the RFU.
“A few weeks before my sample I was offered some tablets at the gym I use.
I was told they were good for bulking up.
I never asked much about the tablets but realised they may be prohibited.
“The season had finished and, through stupidity and naivety, I took the tablets.
“A week later I was offered a fat-burning tablet (clenbuterol).
I knew this tablet was prohibited but again still took it.
I can only apologise for what I’ve done.”
Grosjean: Set identical time to Kimi Raikkonen Lotus might have had an encouraging start to their Italian GP weekend but Romain Grosjean still thinks Red Bull are “uncatchable” at Monza.
Grosjean and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen set identical times in Friday afternoon’s practice session to line up behind Sebastian Vettel and his team-mate Mark Webber.
The pair were just 0.040s off Webber’s time but defending Champion Vettel was over six tenths clear of the lot of them.
Vettel himself reckons that Saturday qualifying might be rather closer but Grosjean suggested there is every chance the rest of the weekend could turn into a rout.
“They’re quick and if it’s the same story as Spa, they can run a very low rear wing level and the diffuser seems to be good,” the Frenchman said admiringly.
“So they generate downforce in a different way and it seems to work well with their car.” Lotus themselves spent the day evaluating a new longer wheelbase version of their E21 chassis.
Raikkonen was given that particular task, even though he opted not to try it out in the simulator first.
On the face of it, the fact that both drivers set of time of 1:25.116s might not seem particularly helpful if Lotus must decide which car is quicker.
Yet, according to Grosjean, there’s rather more to it than that.
“That’s to hide the reality!” he said of the dead-heat.
“I don’t know yet; we’ll look at all the data at the factory to know what is what with the long wheelbase but I think it’s more related to the feeling.
“It’s hard to say what is the difference.
It’s almost impossible to change between P1 and P2, so Kimi did the whole day with it.
“He seems really happy, so maybe it’s a positive for the future.” With Monza’s long straights and chicanes placing an emphasis on braking stability, Grosjean agreed that a longer wheelbase car might give a slight advantage there.
“It could be and that’s what we are all struggling with.
That’s why I said it’s a question of feeling,” he added.
“It’s always hard to compare the two in terms of braking stability; we don’t have exactly the same braking style or points.
It’s feeling-related but it doesn’t look too bad.”
Younis Khan: impressive innings for Pakistan Younis Khan hit a double century as Pakistan declared on 419-9 late on the fourth day of the first Test against Zimbabwe in Harare.
That set Zimbabwe an unlikely victory target of 342 to win, with opening batsman Tina Mawoyo falling before the close – lbw to to offspinner Saeed Ajmal – to leave the hosts on 13-1.
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Christian Benteke: Must juggle club and international commitments Sky Bet Football Betting Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds Football Betting 10 Free Bet Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is anxious not to overburden star striker Christian Benteke as he juggles club and international football.
The 22-year-old is currently on international duty with Belgium, who face Scotland on Friday night as they bid to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Benteke has already scored four goals in four appearances for Villa this term and Lambert admits he may need a break in what could prove a long season.
The Villa boss told the Express & Star: “He’s played a lot of games, including for the national team.
“He’s got to go up and play Scotland, so he’s not getting any respite.
“I don’t know if he needs a break yet, but sometimes it’s important you don’t put too much emphasis on him at every point.
“He’s young, he’s 22 and with the experience he will become better.
“I think there’s a lot more to come from him.
I just think his performances will get better.”