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Max Verstappen fumes at Christian Horner after Lewis Hamilton wins epic Bahrain Grand Prix

Max Verstappen fumes at Christian Horner after Lewis Hamilton wins epic Bahrain Grand Prix

It wasn’t until three laps to go that Verstappen was finally able to get past Hamilton, but he exceeded track limits in doing so.

Just a few corners later and Verstappen slowed down to let Hamilton back past and it proved to be the last time the Red Bull driver would lead the race.

He came close towards the end in a thrilling finale, but Hamilton was able to hold on.

Verstappen though was left scratching his head as to why he was instructed to give the lead back to Hamilton in the final few laps.

Sebastian Vettel 'upset and angry' after Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying

Sebastian Vettel 'upset and angry' after Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying

He added: “Certainly I think there was potential to be a lot faster so we just made it across the flag and then had the issue with the yellow flags during the lap so that made it impossible to come back,”

“It is what it is now so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

“I’m learning. I think the quali was good and it was positive – not that positive because I only got a lap and a half.

“We still have a lot of work ahead of us and we would have hoped for a better start but it is what it is.”

Lando Norris raises McLaren concern ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying

Lando Norris raises McLaren concern ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying

Norris heads into his third year as a Formula One driver, and his third also with current team McLaren.

And he admitted that could be why he is more astute to picking up on issues with the car, which switched from a Renault to Mercedes this season.

“A little bit, I think every driver wants confidence, no matter what day it is in Formula One, whether it’s their first day or last day, and almost it’s the opposite you know,” he added.

“The first day in a Formula One car you want the confidence and if you’ve got 15 years of experience in Formula One you can get away with a bit less confidence because you kind of have more experience with what might happen, how to drive around with problems, and so on.

F1 calendar: Full Formula One schedule for 2021 including all 23 Grand Prix race dates

F1 calendar: Full Formula One schedule for 2021 including all 23 Grand Prix race dates

F1 2021 Drivers

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing)

Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing)

Lando Norris (McLaren)

Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Racing)

Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing)

Mick Schumacher (Haas F1 Team)

Nikita Mazepin (Haas F1 Team)

George Russell (Williams)

Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

Lewis Hamilton makes stance on F1 retirement clear to Mercedes ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton makes stance on F1 retirement clear to Mercedes ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton insists his time in Formula One is not over, but still refused to commit to a definitive answer as to if we will see him continue in the sport past 2021.
The seven-time world champion opted for just a one-year contract extension with Mercedes last month, sparking much speculation that he may step away from the sport if he were to win a record-breaking eighth world title, overtaking Michael Schumacher.

However, the 36-year-old has said any decision to continue will not be based solely on whether he breaks the all-time record of championship victories.

“In the current position I am in, I don’t feel like this is the end,” explained Hamilton. “Of course we’ve got these changes that are happening next year, which are exciting.

“I think this looks like it could be the most exciting season yet, we’ve got new teams, we’ve got new new formats and it’s closer. I don’t feel like I am at the end, but the next eight months or so will let me know, I’ll find out if I will stop or not.

“I don’t feel I will personally, but you never know.”

George Russell has Williams optimism for 2021

Hamilton’s contract saga dominated F1 news during the winter, as contract negotiations rumbled on between the Brit and team boss Toto Wolff.

Hamilton finally signed his new Mercedes contract early this year, more than a month after his previous deal expired.

And he reiterated his position that results this season, with Red Bull a real threat to Mercedes’ status as world champions, will not impact his decision.

He added: “The position I’m in has nothing to do with if we are or we are not winning a championship. I don’t quit when the going gets tough.

“I wanted a one-year deal, and yes I said to Toto [Wolff] it would be good if we are to work on the future together, we should talk about it much earlier than January, just before season testing starts.

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“I am fully committed to this sport. This sport, I think, is in the best place it’s been in terms of the steps we’re taking. I’m really proud of what F1 is doing in terms of acknowledging they have a great platform to work towards a better world, and I love what I’m doing. I’ve arrived more excited than I have in a long time.

“We’re going to have a really great battle one way or another and that’s what I’ve always loved.”

And after struggling for much of pre-season testing in Bahrain at the beginning of the month, Mercedes head into the opening race of the F1 season on the backfoot, with Red Bull looking like a formidable threat.

However Hamilton believes the team are a strong position to go racing come Sunday in Bahrain.

He said: “I think we are in the best shape we can possibly be in considering we only had three days of testing. There’s been a huge amount of analysis. The engineers, the guys back at the factory, there’s a huge amount of data from everyone, naturally.

“Every team has to do it, to try and understand, churn the numbers in that crunch time and make improvements in that short period we’ve had. I think we come here positive.”

And as for who is a title threat in 2021, Hamilton shrugged and replied: “Unknown really.

“We’re going to find out when we start going out. I think there’s multiple teams that are looking really strong. Absolutely [it’s going to be closer than last year].”

Cheltenham results 2021 LIVE: Day two schedule as Grand National hero Tiger Roll wins

Cheltenham results 2021 LIVE: Day two schedule as Grand National hero Tiger Roll wins

15.40 – Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

Tiger Roll (K M Donoghue) 9-2

2 Easysland (F de Giles) evens Fav

3 Some Neck (R Johnson) 17-2

16.15 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Chase

1 Sky Pirate (Nick Scholfield) 14-1

2 Entoucas (M P Walsh) 7-1

3 Ibleo (Charlie Deutsch) 9-1

16.50 – Weatherbys Champion Bumper

Results to follow

GTA Online update 1.54 is best thing to happen to Grand Theft Auto since Heists

GTA Online update 1.54 is best thing to happen to Grand Theft Auto since Heists
GTA Online developer Rockstar is getting ready to release a big new update on PC.

Grand Theft Auto Online loading times have always been a source of frustration, so it was exciting to hear that one fan had managed to cut times down by nearly 70%.

A fan going by the name of T0st recently discovered a way to reduce load times, and shared the news with Rockstar and the public.

“GTA Online. Infamous for its slow loading times. Having picked up the game again to finish some of the newer heists I was shocked (/s) to discover that it still loads just as slow as the day it was released 7 years ago,” reads a blog post by T0st.

“It was time. Time to get to the bottom of this.”

According to the blog post, the biggest problem is that the game runs a check for all of the 63,000+ items and upgrades players can purchase within GTA Online.

While it’s a bit more complicated than that, T0st was able to significantly reduce the loading times by patching the issue.

Indeed, after patching a couple of issues, T0st was able to get the loading times down to less than two minutes, representing a reduction of 69.4%.

Fortunately, Rockstar was paying attention, and has decided to implement the changes as part of the next major update.

“After a thorough investigation, we can confirm that player t0st did, in fact, reveal an aspect of the game code related to load times for the PC version of GTA Online that could be improved,” Rockstar told PC Gamer.

“As a result of these investigations, we have made some changes that will be implemented in a forthcoming title update.”

There’s no word on an exact release date, but GTA Online updates typically launch every week.

T0st also confirmed the news, and told followers that he had been rewarded with some cash.

“Got confirmation from R* that this is getting a fix soon,” T0st revealed. “Just got awarded $ 10k through their H1 in-game bounty as an exception.”

Despite the loading issues, GTA 5 has gone from strength to strength. Indeed, according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, GTA 5 has now sold over 140 million units.

“In the history of the entertainment industry, there’s perhaps no experience that’s more loved, more expansive, more critically acclaimed and more successful than Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto,” Zelnick explained.

“Grand Theft Auto V remains one of the most iconic titles ever released and continues to exceed our expectations, having sold in over 140 million units.

“In fact, in calendar 2020, more copies of Grand Theft Auto V were sold than in any other year except for 2013 when it first launched on PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.”

GTA 6 news: Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto remaster update following release date latest

GTA 6 news: Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto remaster update following release date latest
For gamers waiting on GTA 6 news, 2021 might not be the best year to tie your hopes of a big announcement.

If anything is going to be revealed, it will be coming much later this year, possibly during November.

But a recent update from the owners of Rockstar Games makes it sound like the studio will have different priorities over the coming months.

As many gamers will already know, GTA 5 is coming to a third-generation of consoles, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X benefitting.

This will mean several new next-gen features, including visual upgrades and performance enhancements, to take full advantage of the latest hardware.

This has been done in the past, with GTA 5 being ported over to the PS4 and Xbox One, offering new options.

But what might disappoint gamers this week is news that these won’t just be simple ports, but a continuation of Rockstar’s big multiplayer project.

During the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference last month, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed that GTA 5 wouldn’t be getting a subtle port for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

He told the meeting: “We’ve done great with the Mafia series, and Grand Theft Auto 5 is now heading into its third generation, which is incredible.

“It was a standard-bearer when it was launched; it continued to be the standard-bearer in the second generation; we’ll see how Grand Theft Auto does in the next generation.

“Obviously, I’m confident that Rockstar is going to deliver just a great experience, but you can’t do that if you’re just doing a simple port.”

It doesn’t sound like Rockstar will be expanding past this project, with Zelnick adding: “I’m not sure there’ll be a bigger part of the strategy.

“Remastering has always been a part of the strategy. We’ve done differently than the competition – we don’t just port titles over, we actually take the time to do the very best job we can making the title different for the new release, for the new technology that we’re launching it on.

“So, we improve the technology, we upgrade the visuals, and we make performance enhancements.”

What this suggests is that the Grand Theft Auto 5 launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X will be more than just a small release.

Instead, Rockstar is looking to extend the life of the game and the whole GTA Online package.

This means that the GTA 6 release date is unlikely to be announced before the next-gen GTA 5 launch.

So there is still a slim chance that something could be revealed near the end of the year. What’s more likely is that Rockstar Games will wait until 2022 before making the big push.

It could be a full year before we found out everything we want to know more about the next Grand Theft Auto game.

And even while GTA Online will remain playable on PS4 and Xbox One, Rockstar will be offering new updates and features exclusively to next-gen and PC platforms.

A message from the GTA Online development team reveals: “And for the massive and vibrant community of Grand Theft Auto Online players worldwide, the journey through the ever-evolving, shared world of GTA Online will continue on to the new generation with more new updates including additional GTA Online content exclusive to the new consoles and PC.

This confirms that GTA 5 and GTA Online on PS5 and Xbox Series X will not be a small project but something that Rockstar will want to sustain past its initial release date in 2021.

GTA 6 release date: Bad Grand Theft Auto news for PS5 and Xbox Series X gamers

GTA 6 release date: Bad Grand Theft Auto news for PS5 and Xbox Series X gamers
GTA 6 release date news could arrive at any time, and Rockstar Games could be ready to unveil a number of exciting Grand Theft Auto projects in the next 12 months.

The development team has only confirmed one major release for the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles, but there is a potential for more to be revealed.

The parent company, Take-Two Interactive, have confirmed that they will not be making any big announcements on behalf of Rockstar.

But they have provided some interesting insight into some other news, including how much the next Grand Theft Auto game could cost.

As many gamers will already know, prices for base games have stayed pretty standard over the past few years, with most big companies charging around $ 60.

There are always bigger deluxe editions hitting the market each year, but gamers are usually guaranteed a generic price on most AAA titles.

However, with the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, some companies have looked at changing how much they charge.

This includes Take-Two Interactive, which raised the price on the next-gen version of NBA 2K21.

And since then, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick has revealed that this will not be the end of that trend.

Speaking at the Morgan Stanley conference this week, Zelnick revealed that they will not be implementing a price increase across the board.

Instead, things will be done on a case-by-case basis, meaning that we can’t say for sure which titles will be affected.

But with GTA 6 release date hype building even without a solid reveal from Rockstar Games, there’s a chance that it will cost more to buy on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Some products could be affected by a price increase, but something like GTA 6 could probably implement one without risking a massive sales fall.

Zelnick, via Tweak Town, explained the current situation to investors, adding: “In terms of pricing, we announced a $ 70 price point for NBA 2K21.

“Our view was that we’re offering an extraordinary array of experiences and lots of replayability. The last time there was a frontline price increase in the U.S. was in 2005-2006. So we think consumers were ready for it.

“We haven’t said anything about pricing other titles so far. We tend to make announcements on a title-by-title basis.

“Our view is to always deliver more value than what we charge, to make sure both the experience and paying for the experience are positive for the consumer.

“We all know anecdotally that even if you love a consumer experience, if you feel you were overcharged for it, it ruins the experience and you don’t want to have it again. If you go to a nice restaurant and have a great experience and a great meal, but the check is double what you think it should be, you’re never going back.

“We always want consumers to feel that we deliver much more than we ask in return. That’s true for recurring consumer spending as well. We’re here to activate and engage consumers, and if we do that, monetization follows.”

And if NBA 2K21 offers a lot of replayability and experiences, we can only imagine that GTA 6 would fit nicely into this category too.

On the other hand, Zelnick does also highlight how they don’t want to dampen recurrent spending, meaning they may choose a different pricing scale for Grand Theft Auto titles.

And based on the most recent reports, Take-Two will have plenty of time to make up their minds.

The GTA 6 release date is not expected to be announced for 2021, meaning that the next Grand Theft Auto may not arrive until 2022, or 2023.

By that time, an increase in next-gen games could have become common-place, and might not be seen as an issue for Grand Theft Auto games.

GTA 6 release date success boosted by Grand Theft Auto on PS5 and Xbox Series X

GTA 6 release date success boosted by Grand Theft Auto on PS5 and Xbox Series X
And the continuing success of GTA 5 and GTA Online could be connected directly to how well GTA 6 will turn out.

And with at least 12 to 18 months to wait until a next-gen launch for Rockstar Games’ next big project, there will be plenty of time for GTA Online to expand further.

From what has been shared so far, the PS5 and Xbox Series X version of GTA 5 will be arriving in the second half of 2021.

This will give Rockstar the chance to build a truly next-gen version of GTA 6, even if that means waiting longer for a release date.

The downside to this is that gamers will have to wait much longer to play Grand Theft Auto 6 than first expected.

And analysts have backed the strategy, believing that it will only help make GTA 6 an exceptional game.

The only thing to note is that GTA 5 Online will need to continue to bring in new players and retain old ones to give Rockstar the breathing room to complete the new GTA game.

Recent evidence suggests that the development team will probably get the extra time needed, with GTA 5 having one of its best years yet.

2020 saw Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One sell 20 million copies, which tops its own records set since 2013.

Becoming a staple on consoles and PC alike has helped propel it to new heights on Twitch and YouTube, too, with role-playing servers taking over from other trends.

And with GTA 5 arriving on PS5 and Xbox Series X in the coming months, the stage is set for continued success on new platforms.

As pointed out by Seeking Alpha, GTA Online could be the key to Rockstar finishing GTA 6 to the best degree, explaining in a new report:

“GTA 5’s success will give Rockstar the leeway to truly push the boundaries on what is technically feasible for GTA 6.

“The fact that GTA 5 continues to be a money-printing machine means that Rockstar will be able to take all the resources and time it needs to perfect GTA 6.

“Take-Two, unlike many other companies, will not need to push out an imperfect or even broken product like so many of its competitors have.

“GTA 6 is perhaps the most anticipated video game of all time, which is not surprising given GTA’s huge fanbase and Rockstar’s reputation for truly innovative and groundbreaking releases.

“Moreover, the large time gap between the release of GTA 5 and the impending release of GTA 6 means that GTA 6 will likely be a far superior product in terms of realism, graphics, and AI.

Rockstar will almost certainly push the limits of what is possible as it has done with nearly all its previous major releases. Given that GTA 6 is undoubtedly the company’s most important title to date, there is no telling how much money and effort will go into the game’s development. While Take-Two has yet to announce the release date of GTA 6, the growing hype for the title is palpable.”

Hopes are still high that Rockstar will reveal GTA 6 this year but recent predictions suggest the game won’t arrive until at least 2022.

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