Formula 1: Verstappen recovers from ninth to win in Miami, Leclerc seventh

Charles Leclerc at the Miami GP

Max Verstappen recovered from ninth position on the grid to win the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, beating polesitter and teammate Sergio Perez in the final laps.

Leclerc struggled to get to grips with the Miami track, and his crash in Q3 on Saturday brought out a red flag, prematurely ending the qualifying session. Perez was the major benefactor and sat on pole, but teammate Verstappen languished down in ninth.

However, as has been the case at various points this season, there was an air of inevitability to Verstappen’s rise through the field. The speed in the Red Bull is unmatched on this year’s grid, especially in a straight line, and aware that resistance was futile, no driver put up considerable resistance.

Charles Leclerc demoted to the midfield

On a different strategy to most, Verstappen was in the lead by the midway point and only briefly ceded that lead to Perez after a late pitstop. On medium tyres, Verstappen made the race-winning pass on his teammate around the outside of turn one and eased to the chequered flag. Perez took second ahead of Fernando Alonso to complete the podium.

Leclerc was fighting at the front during last year’s inaugural edition of the race, but the Ferrari simply didn’t have the speed to compete this weekend. Instead, Leclerc, who seems to lack confidence on the track, exemplified by his two crashes over the course of the race weekend, was left fighting with the Haas of Kevin Magnussen for phases of the Grand Prix.

The Monégasque did eventually free himself of that battle and was in sixth before Lewis Hamilton made a late overtake to demote Leclerc to seventh. Teammate Carlos Sainz finished in fifth in what was a difficult weekend for Ferrari, who sorely lacked pace.

They will be looking to close the gap to Red Bull, who have won all five races this season (three for Verstappen, two for Perez), at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in a fortnight.


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Monte-Carlo Television Festival: Golden Nymph nominees revealed


The Golden Nymph Award nominees for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival have been revealed, with 18 international competitors going for the gold.  

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival will be back at the Grimaldi Forum from 16th to 20th June. Preparations are well underway for this 62nd edition and the nominees for the Golden Nymph Awards, the festival’s highest honours, have now been announced. 

This year, 18 programmes from 12 countries have been chosen. These include three world premieres, seven international debuts and two premieres from France. The entrants’ genres range from fiction to news and documentaries, and the winners will be selected by an equally diverse jury, which will include the well-known American actor John Goodman as President of the Panel.  

“Having a nomination for a Golden Nymph Award means true international recognition for a production,” says Laurent Puons, CEO of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. “We have a really strong line-up this year and are extremely pleased to see so many programmes from all parts of the world. The superb quality of the programming chosen for the 2023 Official Selection demonstrates just how our competition continues to grow in both size and global importance.” 

The prizes to be given for Fiction include Best Film, Best Series, Best Creation, Best Actress, Best Actor and a Special Jury Prize. In the News & Documentaries category, they will go to the Best News Programme and Best Documentary. There will also be a Special Jury Prize. 

Anglophone nominees for a Golden Nymph

The English-speaking productions in the running for a Golden Nymph include: Ten Pound Poms, a UK-Australian project from Eleven Film; The Man Who Played With Fire from the UK’s RAW; Nazanin also from the UK’s 649 Media and Channel 4; First To Stand: The Cases and Causes of Irwin Cotler from Canada’s DLI Productions; and Poker Face from the USA’s T-Street, MRC Television and Paramount.

It has been announced that the writer for hit series such as The X Files and Homeland, Howard Gordon, will be given an honorary prize presented by Princess Charlene. 

In addition, this year sees the return of the Public Prize. For the second year, this award, given in partnership with BetaSeries, gives fans a chance to participate in the festival by voting for their favourite series or show, earning a prize for the one with the most votes.  

The event, which celebrates the best of TV from around the world, as well as offering marketing and public relations opportunities to producers and distributors, was created by Prince Rainier III and is now under the Honorary Presidency of Prince Albert II.  

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What you need to know about the 2023 Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina event

Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina

Now is the time for interested exhibitors to register in the pre-selection process for this year’s Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina event. 

Set to take place on 24th and 25th September, just a few days before the Monaco Yacht Show kicks off on 27th September, this year’s edition of the Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina will unite hundreds of decision makers, business leaders, investors and designers under the roof of the Yacht Club de Monaco for two days of conferences, roundtables and networking opportunities. 

The objective is simple: to encourage innovation and investment in solutions to build the ports and marinas of tomorrow that will make them “efficient, attractive, practical and, above all, sustainable”.  

Organised by consulting firm Monaco Marina Management and supported by Crédit Suisse, MB92 Group, Xerjoff and the Yacht Club de Monaco, representatives from 20 marinas and port builders attended last year’s event as well as around 50 start-ups in the sector and numerous yacht owners and shipyards.  

Given that many of the biggest companies in the industry will likely already be in town ahead of the Monaco Yacht Show, the Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina event is a great opportunity to meet those in the know in a more intimate setting.  

The pre-selection stage for exhibitors is now open and further information can be found here. Those interested in attending, but not as an exhibitor, can also use the link to submit their details. 

To find out more about the event in general, please click here. 


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