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The Weekly Focus Edition 61

Alliances and military drills:

“The United States of America and Indonesia are conducting a joint training exercise this week involving about 3,000 troops,” said the Indonesian Foreign Minister. Retno Marsudi, the foreign minister, also stated that their country entered a “new era of bilateral relations.” Additionally, Marsudi met with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, among other state officials, welcoming more US engagement in the area. Marsudi highly expressed her hopes of closer ties in the future expanding the relationship between the 2 nations. Also, the strategic alliance is set to oversee trade, investment, security and public health. According to Ms Retno, the US is set to announce a donation estimated to be 30 million USD ($) to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, Russia and Belarus will be holding a large-scale cross-border military drill. The Moscow Ministry said that the drill is named “West-2021” and will involve tanks, artillery and aircraft. However, Ukraine heavily disapproves of these drills deeming them a threat to their security and that of NATO. Opposing that, Belarus’ defence minister exclaimed that, “neither for the European community as a whole nor for any neighbouring countries.” To conclude, we hope that the drills don’t compromise the security of any nations and alliances because they need to be maintained well so we as a world can assist each other.

The Curiosity Rover turns 9

On the night of August 5th, NASA’s Curiosity Rover celebrated its landiversary on Mars. With the help of the Rover's observation, scientists have been able to understand the red planet. During these nine years, the Rover travelled 25 km (a total of 16.14 miles). Few recent observations show that the Gale crater on Mars has a lake and stream system. This means that life is possible on Mars. There were also organic chemicals found on Mars a few months ago which is another sign of life on Mars. This picture was taken in 2018 by NASA when the rover was investigating the Vera Rubin Ridge. The Curiosity rover tweeted “I'm celebrating my 9th landiversary on Mars. In 2012, I hit the ground running. I've travelled a total of 16.3 mi (26.3 km), climbed 1,509 ft (460 m) in elevation & collected 32 drilled samples. Time flies when you’re doing science. Thanks for riding along!” NASA also has two more robots investigating Mars for any signs of life.

Hungary Race Review:

Sunday, 1st August was the last Formula 1 race before the summer break, and let me tell you; it was one of the most interesting races!

The race started in wet conditions and almost all the cars were using wet tyres. It was an excellent start for Lando Norris, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. But, Valtteri Bottas started to struggle and in the first turn itself and soon he crashed into Lando Norris and Max Verstappen. Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Charles Leclerc, Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly also went off the track due to the crash. The race was then red flagged, with five drivers forced to retire; Lando Norris, Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc, Lance Stroll and Valtteri Bottas.

As the race restarted, all the cars went into the pit lane to get their tyres changed as it had stopped raining. The only car starting the race from the track was Lewis Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton pitted a lap later and lost the lead of the race to Esteban Ocon. Later, in the pit lane, Nikita Mazepin collided with Kimi Raikkonen, forcing the Haas driver to retire from the race. In lap 21, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo head into the pit lane, hoping to get fresher tyres to get track position. However, as they come out, Lewis Hamilton overtakes both of them and takes tenth place.

In the lead of the race at the halfway point, is Esteban Ocon, followed by five-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel and Carlos Sainz. Lewis Hamilton has climbed up the ranks, now in fifth place behind Fernando Alonso. Lewis tries several different moves, but the veteran Alpine driver blocks all of them. In lap 65, Alonso locks up, providing the perfect chance for Hamilton to finally claim the fourth position. 2 laps later, Lewis Hamilton overtakes Carlos Sainz to get back up on the podium. However, Sainz does not give up easy, and keeps trying to find a way to Lewis. In the end however, Sainz had to yield. The race finishes off with this order:

1. Esteban Ocon

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Lewis Hamilton

4. Carlos Sainz

5. Fernando Alonso

6. Pierre Gasly

7. Yuki Tsunoda

8. Nicholas Latifi

9. George Russel

10. Max Verstappen

11. Kimi Raikkonen

12. Daniel Ricciardo

13. Mick Schumacher

14. Antonio Giovinazzi

A real rollercoaster of a race for us fans, and for Alpine, who finished 1st and 5th. And as news comes in, Sebastian Vettel has been disqualified from the race as Aston Martin are unable to provide a sufficient fuel sample after the race.

Drivers Championship:

Moving on, after the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton reclaims the lead of the championship from Max Verstappen. The next race is going to take place in Belgium in the Spa-Francorchamps race track. Max Verstappen hopes to get closer to his first world championship and Lewis Hamilton hopes to increase his lead. Hamilton currently has a 6-point lead over Max Verstappen and wants to break the world record for the most championships by getting his eight.

These are the World Driver’s Championship standings at the moment:

1. Lewis Hamilton - 192 points

2. Max Verstappen – 186 points

3. Lando Norris – 113 points

4. Valtteri Bottas – 108 points

5. Sergio Perez – 104 points

6. Charles Leclerc – 80 points

7. Carlos Sainz – 80 points

8. Daniel Ricciardo – 50 points

9. Sebastian Vettel – 48 points

10. Pierre Gasly – 48 points

11. Esteban Ocon – 39 points

12. Fernando Alonso – 36 points

13. Lance Stroll – 18 points

14. Yuki Tsunoda – 16 points

15. Nicholas Latifi – 4 points

16. George Russel – 2 points

17. Kimi Raikkonen – 1 point

18. Antonio Giovinazzi – 1 point

19. Mick Schumacher – 0 points

20. Nikita Mazepin – 0 points

Before we move on, here are a few bonus drivers and teams who we feel deserve special mentions:

Most consistent driver – Lando Norris

The 21-year-old McLaren driver boasts points in every single race except the Hungarian Grand Prix where he was forced to retire.

Team who will make a comeback - Ferrari

Ferrari is perhaps the most known car brand in the world. It has a huge history in Formula 1. However, they haven’t performed that great this season, with only three podiums. But we feel that drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc will prove their worth and start earning more points and podiums. Their last podium was third place in the Hungarian GP, achieved by Carlos Sainz.

Driver who will prove his worth – George Russel

Williams Racing driver, George Russel earned his first points of the season in the Hungarian GP, coming ninth place. The 2018 Formula 2 champion has driven for Mercedes in multiple races. In 2020, in the Sakhir GP, he was favoured to win but after a tyre mishap, he ended up ninth place.

The Sprint Race: Explained

This year, the FIA introduced a different type of race called the sprint race. The design is to provide fans with a short but incredibly quick-paced race, with drivers being allowed to go full-throttle from start to finish without any pit stops. There are three sprint races this year: Great Britain, Italy and the third one yet to be decided. This is how the schedule will look like this –

Friday: Practice 1 for 1 hour.

Friday: Qualifying 1, 2, 3 format which sets the grid for sprint qualifying.

Saturday: Practice 2 for 1 hour.

Saturday: Sprint Qualifying. 100km race, sets the grid for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

Sunday: Full race like usual.

Although the sprint format has been criticized a lot, most people find it to be a fast paced, fun to watch race that can give exciting results. Because it is only 100km, the drivers have to push their hardest on all three days to provide good results. I feel this new format is something that could stay a while and is something that viewers will soon look forward to.

By Saveer Solanki, Sprint Blogs

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Other News

  • China announced it plans to send 2 billion vaccin doses to the world by the end of the year.

  • Joe Biden offered a 'Safe Haven' for Hong Kong citizens, China responds saying it was a 'shameless' statement.

  • Virgin Galactic to charge 450,000$ for a trip to space.

  • Death toll rises to 8 as wildfires sweep Turkey.

Tech News

  • Google Pixel 5a smartphone to be released on 26th August for 450 dollars.

  • The Xiaomi Mi Pad 5 will be released on 10th August.

  • Whatsapp introduces a new feature called View Once.

  • Google has fired 80 employees in the last 2 years.

  • Samsung Galaxy M32 5G to be released soon in India.

  • Lionel Messi leaves Barcelona after an illustrious career at the club, scoring over 600 goals.

  • Men's Hockey, Lovalina borgohain clinch bronze and Ravi Kumar Dahiya got a islver medal at the Tokyo Olympics

  • On Day 3 of the test match, England are trailing by 70 runs in their second innings.

  • Women's hockey Team, Deepak Punia miss out on a bronze medal after losing their respective bronze medal matches.

Tomorrow War

Rating: ★★★★★

Age: PG-13

Find it here: Amazon Prime Video

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Review: From the moment I saw the advertisement for this movie popping up on my Amazon Prime Home Page, I knew it was going to be amazing- I mean, what’s not there to like? Chris Pratt, Aliens, and War, a trio so daunting it could almost beat The Offices’ iconic: “Bears, Beats, and Battlestar Galactica.” Back to the review. The “future humans” having interrupted a football match, demanding help to save the species- and Chris Pratt, a father, ex-military, and now high school teacher is forcefully selected as one of the soldiers being teleported into the future. Spoiler Alert: the future dies- until, that is, one of his students comes up with a plan, along with the help of his (8-year-old) daughter and wife. Honestly, there’s absolutely no way I could put in how amazing this movie was into a few 150 words- just trust me when I say you NEED TO WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW, OKAY. GO!

On 1st August 1936, Adolph Hitler opened the 11th Olympics in Berlin.

On 2nd August 1858, the Indian government was transferred to the British from the East India Company.

On 3rd August 1492, Christopher Columbus began his voyage to the “Indies” with three ships: Santa María, Pinta and Niña.

On 4th August 1944, a tip-off from an informer led to the arrest of Anne Frank.

On 5th August 1926, Harry Houdini pulled off a magic trick that involved him staying in a coffin for 1 and a half hours underwater.

On 6th August 1991, the world wide web went public as an available service on the Internet.

On 7th August 1990, Operation Desert Shield commenced after the US deployed troops in Saudi Arabia

Disney characters sometime wear gloves to make animation simple.

Written by Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri Article 1 by Arhaan Zaveri

Article 2 by Krishnav Bubna

Review by Dia Makhecha

This Week in History by Nirvaan Zaveri

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