Watch the full MV for Taeyeons first ever original Japanese single, Stay

Girls’ Generation Taeyeon‘s first ever Japanese original solo single album ‘Stay‘ has been released worldwide!

The single album contains “Stay” as well as “I’m The Greatest“. In her title track “Stay” MV, Taeyeon takes off on a healing road trip, roaming widespread prairies or bustling street markets. Watch and listen above!

Chrissy Teigen Gives Impassioned Speech at Families Belong Together Rally With Help of Baby Miles

Chrissy Teigen delivered a passionate speech at the Families Belong Together rally in Los Angeles to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. She took 6-week-old son Miles to the event, cradling him in a baby carrier around her neck.

Chrissy Teigen at the Families Belong Together March: “I’m incredibly proud to be a daughter of an immigrant.”

— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 30, 2018

Teigen recalled her own immigrant story, as she is the daughter of an immigrant from Thailand.

“I’m incredibly proud to be the daughter of an immigrant. My mother grew up in a very small village in Thailand and she never lets me forget it,” Teigen told the crowd, reports PEOPLE. “America at its best is big, beautiful and diverse, like our great city of Los Angeles.”

Los Angeles would be “flavorless” and “boring” without the contributions of immigrants, Teigen said.

“Too many people demonize immigrants like they’re stealing something from the people born here,” the mother-of-two continued. “Immigrants don’t come here to take from us, they add to what makes America special.”

She explained that she “cannot even comprehend the kind of cruelty in the hearts of the people who have enacted this policy.”

“But I do know they did not expect us to come together in such an incredible way and incredible numbers to resist this. We are here and we are not going away. We are here because we believe America can and should do better. And John and I are going to keep showing up and speaking out, and making sure your voices are heard.”

Teigen also gave the crowd a brief impression of Trump, which landed on CNN. “My Donald impression made it to CNN. please add to my wiki,” she wrote on Instagram.

Teigen and husband John Legend made the rally a family affair. Legend also brought out a piano to perform his new song “Preach” for the first time.

Singer John Legend just sang his new song “Preach” to protesters in Los Angeles. Before that, he said: “You can’t just talk about it or tweet about it. You’ve got to do something.”

— Veronica Rocha (@VeronicaRochaLA) June 30, 2018

“I know that opening up Twitter right now feels like it can be a horror show, so much of the news is shocking and maddening and depressing,” the singer said. “I think some of us have a strong temptation to just disengage, but we can’t. We can’t do that. I can’t do that. I have to do something.”

Legend and Teigen, who are also parents to 2-year-old Luna, have never been quiet about their criticisms of Trump. On the president’s birthday earlier this month, they donated $288,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union in protest of his administration.

The Los Angeles “Families Belong Together” rally was among 600 marches across the country, four days before Independence Day. According to NBC News, the New York City rally included about 30,000 people marching over the Brooklyn Bridge, chanting “Immigrants built this bridge.”

In April, the Trump Administration instituted a “zero tolerance” policy, which forced the separation of more than 2,300 children from family members accused of crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. After public protests, Trump signed an executive order to stop separating families although it is still unclear how if all families already separated will be reunited.


On June 22, CBS News reported that about 500 children were reunited with family members.

Photo credit: Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Heres Why Chip and Joanna Gaines Often Keep Their Children out of the Spotlight

Chip and Joanna Gaines may be showering their social media channels with photos of new baby son Crew, but the parents make sure to keep their children out of the spotlight.

The Fixer Upper veterans are avid social media users, often sharing their personal lives with their fans and followers. However, their children — Emmie, 8; Duke, 9; Ella, 11; and Drake, 13 — are very rarely seen on their social media, with their faces almost never featured on public photos.

In a re-surfaced PEOPLE interview from 2016, Chip and Joanna discussed their decision to keep their children mostly out of sight.

“They’re so young and we want to give them the chance to have a normal childhood,” Joanna told the outlet. However, at the time, Joanna also said adding to the Gaines family was not out of the question.

“I look at life as the more the better. If I found out we were having another baby, I would be really excited,” she added. “We like a full plate. That’s just how Chip and I operate.”

Two years later, Joanna’s dream would come true, as her and Chip welcomed baby Crew on June 23.

Chip announced the joyous news of the birth of their fifth child the morning on Twitter. The couple then announced the the child’s name, Crew, while releasing the first photos of the sweet baby later that night.

“Our baby boy, Crew Gaines, is here & we couldn’t be more in love,” Chip wrote on Twitter to hail the arrival of his new son. “He made an unexpected (and speedy) entrance into the world two and a half weeks early – which is fitting given he was a sweet surprise from day one. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We are so grateful.”

Since the birth, the parents have shared many photos of the new baby, as well as an adorable shot of her other kids, sans their faces, from the day of Crew’s birth.

One of my favorite pics a friend showed me after Crew was born. They couldn’t wait to meet their new baby brother ❤️

— Joanna Gaines (@joannagaines) June 24, 2018

“One of my favorite pics a friend showed me after Crew was born. They couldn’t wait to meet their new baby brother,” Gaines wrote on the tweet.


During a May interview, Joanna opened up about how excited her other kids were to welcome baby Crew into the family.

“Every single time they see my belly they have to rub it. I think it’s sweet because they’re older now, and I can see them wanting to be a part of this,” she said. “We’re all rallying around this baby, which I feel is a sweet gift to our family.”

Norse Game 'Fimbul' Announced for PC and Consoles

Danish developer Zaxis Games and German publisher EuroVideo have announced a new Norse action adventure game styled after a comicbook, called Fimbul.

In development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, the game is currently slated to release sometime this November.

Pitched as a non-linear story that is heavily influenced by player actions, Fimbul follows the journey of a Viking warrior traveling through Midgard to reclaim an ancient artifact that may prevent the end of the world. There’s trolls, jotuns, blizzards, and a ton of violence. In other words, if you like Viking games, good news, because that’s exactly what Fimbul is going to give you.

Below, you can read more about the game, courtesy of an official overview from the developer itself:

Derived from the long, cruel winter preceding the Viking apocalypse – better known as Ragnarok by all those au fait with Norse mythology – Fimbul tells the tale of an aging berserker Kveldulver, who travels through the frozen Midgard taking on Trolls and Jotuns to reclaim an ancient artifact that might, just might prevent the end of the world.

It’s a game inspired by the Saxo Grammaticus – the Danish Book of Kings – and intertwines northern European legend with a comic book-style narrative, exploration elements, and a weapons-based combat system.

The non-linear story is heavily influenced by the player’s actions. Thanks to an autosave feature called “The Thread of Life”, players will be able to come back to crucial moments in the story to explore alternative branches at any moment. Fimbul will reward exploring its world with lots of secret areas and encounters that will shine a new light on the background of different characters.


The combat system is designed to be easy to learn but difficult to master. Kveldulver will have to get to grips with a wide variety of weaponry, matching up his arsenal with an array of different enemies taking him on in a range of diverse environments.

On his journey, the berserker will also encounter other Vikings which can be recruited into his party. Players will have to use their Vikings’ individual skills and different items to survive against enemy warriors and dangerous creatures like hungry wolves, monsters, and the giant Jotun.

Mr. Ditkovitch Will Not Be in SpiderMan PS4


Marvel’s Spider-Man looks like the Spider-Man game fans have been waiting for a long time. But nothing is perfect, and the PS4 game is no exception.

So what’s the issue? Story? No. Gameplay? No. Graphics? No. The problem: Mr. Ditkovitch won’t be in the game. That’s right, take a minute.

Word of the tragedy comes way of the game’s Creative Director Bryan Intihar, who makes a note of interacting with fans regularly on Twitter, and occasionally even crushes a dream or two.

He’s not in the game

— Bryan Intihar (@bryanintihar) June 30, 2018

And before you ask, no, his daughter Ursula Ditkovich won’t be in the game either, or in other words, no cookies for Spidey.


— Bryan Intihar (@bryanintihar) June 30, 2018

Naturally, fans were heartbroken by the terrible news, and also had a little fun with the director.

— Sami Cagz (@sami_bwfc) June 30, 2018

— Evan Filarca (@EvanFilarca) June 30, 2018

He should be DLC

— AR (@ARGamer0612) June 30, 2018

I’m out and you’re not in! @anthonyjohn00 #SpiderManPS4

— Norman Osborn ???????? (@realNormOsborn1) June 30, 2018

It’s a free country, not rent free country.

— Mr Ditkovich (@anthonyjohn00) June 30, 2018

— Marco Brilli Reborn (@marco_brilli) June 30, 2018

While the landlord of Peter Parker in Spider-Man 2 (who also appeared in Spider-Man 3) not being in Marvel’s Spider-Man for the PS4 isn’t a surprise, it’s a little disappointing for hardcore fans who have adopted the character as a cult-favorite (in tongue-and-cheek fashion). Here’s to hoping there will at least be one easter egg.

Or if we’re lucky, playable character DLC where Mr. Ditkovich helps Spidey collect rent money from villains who are long overdue. Maybe a Ditkovich vs. Venom boss battle? I’d pay for it.

While the number one landlord of all-time won’t exist in the game, we do know a number of other — more prominent — characters will, such as Daredevil, The Avengers, and Black Cat.


Marvel’s Spider-Man is in development exclusively for the PlayStation 4, and is poised to arrive on September 7th. For more on Spidey, be sure to peep our previous coverage on the superhero by clicking here.

And remember to pour one out for Mr. Ditkovich on September 7th.

'Bleach' Shares Sexy Swimsuit Calendar

Tite Kubo’s Bleach has kept its fans fired up years after the original series ended, and a large part of that is due to Kubo’s cool character designs drawing fans’ eyes back to the series.

New seasonal additions are coming to Bleach: Brave Souls, and the series is celebrating the addition of their Swimsuit 2018 versions of Orihime, Soifon, and Harribel with great looking spreads of these new designs (as spotted by @JaymesHanson on Twitter).

Bleach: Brave Souls: Swimsuit 2018!…. Thank me later

— JaymesHanson (@JaymesHanson) June 27, 2018

As for Bleach: Brave Souls, KLab Games is celebrating the third anniversary of the game, with as special collaboration with series creator Tite Kubo on an original character for the game.The live action Bleach adaptation is currently scheduled for a July 20 release in Japan.

The live-action film has released its first full trailer, along with two other new ones released at the same time. The movie will adapt the first arc of the series, the “Substitute Shinigami” arc. Early reactions to the film have been positive overall, with there talk of even being a new trilogy of films adapting more of Bleach’s material. If this is successful, then a sequel film with the Soul Society is definitely on the horizon.

The confirmed cast includes Sota Fukushi as Ichigo Kurosaki and Hana Sugisaki as Rukia Kuchiki, MIYAVI as Byakuya Kuchiki, Ryou Yoshizawa, as Uryuu Ishida, Taichi Saotome as Renji Abarai, Erina Mano as Orihime Inoue, Tomo Koyanagi as Chad Yasutora, Yosuke Egochi as Isshin Kurosaki, Masami Nagasawa as Masaki Kurosaki, and Seiichi Tanabe as Keisuke Urahara.


For those unfamiliar with Tite Kubo‘s Bleach, the series follows the young delinquent Ichigo Kurosaki, who had the ability to see spirits. He soon obtains the power of a Soul Reaper – one meant to usher lost souls to the afterlife – and now has the duty to defend the living world from monstrous dark spirits known as Hollows.

The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump from 2001 to 2016, and was collected into 74 volumes. It has been adapted into English thanks to VIZ Media, and has sold over 900 million copies in Japan. The series was adapted into an anime by Studio Pierrot from 2004 to 2012, and has four feature-length animations, rock musicals, video games, and a ton of other merchandise. The English language broadcast premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block in 2006, and you currently find the Japanese and English language versions now streaming on Hulu.

Colin Trevorrow Explains How Book of Henry is a "Carbon Copy" of Star Wars

Jurassic World and The Book of Henry director Colin Trevorrow has expanded on comments he made where he dubbed his crime drama a “carbon copy of [Star Wars] A New Hope.”

Someday we’ll get drunk and I’ll lay out how that movie is a carbon copy of A New Hope. My favorite bar trick for fellow story nerds.

— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 24, 2018

Asked about the tweet by Slash Film, Trevorrow clarified, calling the tale “a foundational myth.”

“It’s a noble ghost story. Where a character lives on after death in order to guide a hero to find their strength and defeat ultimate evil. And structurally, I can’t… but you’re gonna print this, unfortunately. I’m saying this now,” Trevorrow said. “But the way that I look at movies, I do see Avatar and Titanic and Jurassic World [as] very similar movies.”

The Book of Henry tells the story of young genius Henry Carpenter (Jaeden Lieberher), who succumbs to a fatal brain tumor, leaving behind a notebook for his grieving mother (Naomi Watts). Inside is a highly-detailed plan to rescue neighbor Christina (Maddie Ziegler) from her abusive step-father, police commissioner Glenn Sickleman (Dean Norris).

“Henry was Obi-Wan Kenobi. And he died in the middle. And he left a set of instructions on how to take out the Death Star where Darth Vader was holding a Princess captive,” Trevorrow explained.

“And at the very end, when he had the target in his sights, he had to remember his training. Guided by this ghostly voice. And then Han Solo comes in with the Rube Goldberg machine and gives him the moment. And ultimately the Princess saves herself.”

Calling Star Wars again a “foundational myth,” Trevorrow added, “And I think that in the same way that we use Joseph Campbell as a foundational myth for so long, we’re now gonna start using Star Wars as a foundational myth to tell other stories. I know I’m gonna get a lot of sh-t for this on Twitter and I regret that you asked me, but it’s just the way that I saw it.”

“I hope people can understand how earnestly I look at my, at these stories, almost from like a hyper-earnest, childlike perspective,” he said. “But someday I’ll grow up. I promise.”

With a paltry 20% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film bombed, bringing in just $4.5 million domestically.


Trevorrow was at the time set to helm Star Wars: Episode IX before he was let go by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and subsequently replaced by returning The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.

The director, who will next steer the third Jurassic World movie, said of his time on Episode IX: “I got the opportunity to tell a story that is a celebration of everything I believe in, I got to tell it to George Lucas and I got to tell it to Luke Skywalker, and those are experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Womens PGA Championship: Ryu Soyeon takes threeshot lead into final round

Women’s PGA Championship third-round leaderboard
-11 SY Ryu (Kor); -8 B Henderson (Can); -7 SH Park (Kor); -6 A Yin; -5 B Law (Eng)
Selected others: -3 S Feng (Chn) (Eng); -1 C Hull (Eng); +1 J Ewart Shadoff (Eng); +2

South Korean Ryu So-yeon hit a final-hole birdie to take a three-shot lead after the third round at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Saturday.

Former world number one Ryu took a step towards her third major title with a five-under-par 67 at Kemper Lakes near Chicago.

She is 11 under overall while Canadian Brooke Henderson shot 70 to be alone in second place on eight under.

England’s Bronte Law is six shots backs after posting a three-under-par 69.

South Korean Park Sung-hyun, who shared the halfway lead with Ryu and Henderson, shot 71 to slip four strokes behind.

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Ten goals, no GOATs farewell Messi & Ronaldo, plus who is the best player still in the World Cup?

On the highest-scoring day of World Cup knockout football since 1970, two of the greatest players of all time failed to find the net.

For Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, their inability to make decisive impacts in their teams’ last-16 matches means their tournaments – and perhaps their hopes of claiming the game’s biggest prize – are over.

Defeats for Argentina against France, and Portugal against Uruguay, leave the pair – aged 31 and 33 respectively – knowing the chances that they will ever be able to call themselves World Cup winners have dropped sharply.

Match report: France 4-3 ArgentinaMatch report: Uruguay 2-1 PortugalWorld Cup 2018: Lionel Messi has no escape from Cristiano Ronaldo‘There is a sadness in seeing Messi go home’

Messi was a deflated figure as he pulled off his captain’s armband and trudged off the pitch in Kazan, walking into the tunnel without a glance back following a thrilling 4-3 defeat by France.

He had given everything – providing two assists in an encounter full of passion and drama – but it was not enough.

German World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann claimed Argentina “never managed to find Messi”, who once again carried his nation’s hopes throughout a turbulent campaign.

“He was isolated in the first half, and in the second half he hardly had a touch.”

Argentina certainly failed to provide the service Messi so regularly enjoys at Barcelona. He had just four touches in the box and only one shot on target against France.

It was the latest frustrating chapter on the international stage for Messi, who retired from the national team in 2016, only to later reverse his decision.

“There is a sadness in seeing Messi – perhaps the greatest player ever – go home,” said Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. “He knew he couldn’t do much with this side. He knew he couldn’t do it all on his own. Argentina have been all about heart and complete disorganisation. France put a gear up and the best team won.”

While not as productive as he might have hoped, Russia 2018 has certainly been eventful for Messi.

He missed a penalty in Argentina’s opening game against Iceland and looked stressed during the national anthem prior to their defeat by Croatia.

A man of the match performance and a sublime goal against Nigeria carried Argentina into the last 16 – after which he admitted he “could not remember such suffering before”, so great had the pressure been going into that must-win game.

There were even reports that he was dictating team selection and tactics, a claim denied by manager Jorge Sampaoli.

After their last-16 exit, Sampaoli said Argentina “tried to use everything” to help Messi.

“We have the best player in the world and we had to try to create collective situations to really use that player who can have many brilliant moments,” said Sampaoli.

Ultimately, their efforts failed.

Messi’s surprising World Cup statsHe has played 756 minutes in World Cup knockout matches since 2006, but has failed to score a single goal.His goal against Nigeria ended a run of 662 minutes without a goal in the World Cup.He has scored 50% of his World Cup goals against Nigeria (three of six).Seven of the eight shots on target in Saturday’s match against France were scored, with the exception being Messi’s attempt in the 85th minute.He had more shots than any other player in the first two group games (12) and failed to score with any of them.

Lionel Messi’s World Cup history in numbers
Year Games Minutes played Goals Assists Stage reached Individual awards
2018 4 360 1 2 Last 16
2014 7 693 4 1 Runners-up Golden Ball
2010 5 450 0 3 Quarter-finals
2006 3 122 1 1 Quarter-finals

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Ronaldo ‘still has a lot to give’

When Ronaldo curled in that sensational free-kick to complete his hat-trick in a 3-3 draw against Spain in Portugal’s opening fixture, you wondered if this tournament – and the Golden Boot – might be defined by the reigning Ballon d’Or winner.

He carried his blistering form into the victory over Morocco, but missed a penalty – and might have been sent off – in the draw with Iran that took them through to the knockout stage.

And, like Messi, he could do nothing to help his side avoid defeat in the last 16, as Edinson Cavani scored twice in Uruguay’s 2-1 win.

So is this the end for Ronaldo, a European champion in 2016, at international level?

Portugal boss Fernando Santos insisted afterwards his captain “still has a lot to give to football” and may not yet be ready to retire from the national team.

“There is a tournament in September [the Uefa Nations League] and we hope Cristiano will be with us to help the players grow,” he added.

“It’s important to have a captain present there and he’s always there for us.”

Ronaldo’s surprising World Cup stats

His third goal against Spain was his first direct free-kick goal at a major tournament for Portugal – it was his 45th attempt.Ronaldo has a 50% penalty success rate in major tournaments for Portugal, scoring two (against Iran and Spain at the World Cups in 2006 and 2018 respectively) but also failing with two (against Austria at Euro 2016 and Iran).He has played 514 minutes of football in the knockout stages of the World Cup over the years, but has failed to score or provide an assist.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s World Cup history in numbers
Year Games Minutes played Goals Assists Stage reached
2018 4 360 4 0 Last 16
2014 3 270 1 1 Group stages
2010 4 360 1 1 Last 16
2006 6 484 1 0 Semi-finals

How you reacted on social media

Muhammed Waqas: Two of the greatest footballers of all time. Will they be remembered as having never won the biggest prize in football? They are not going to get many chances now.

Jordan Ramsden: Messi and Ronaldo both out of the competition before England. Not a sentence I thought I would end up saying!

Garrrry: I do feel for Lionel Messi – he deserves more on the international stage.

Ash Williams: Just shows without quality players on the pitch, Messi and Ronaldo are nothing when facing good teams. Glad they’re going home.

Not so home sweet home for Red Bull all you need to know about Austrian GP

Red Bull have had a sobering weekend on their home track, arguably their worst weekend in terms of pace over the whole year and a spat between drivers during qualifying into the bargain.

The spat first. Daniel Ricciardo, who has generally been a tad slower than team-mate Max Verstappen all weekend, did not take kindly to being asked to run in front of his team-mate throughout final qualifying.

Red Bull take it in turns race to race for one driver to run in front, which gives the driver behind an advantage because he gets a slipstream to boost his straight-line speed.

Verstappen had done it in France last weekend, he pointed out; this week it was Ricciardo’s turn. “Discipline,” the Dutchman said, and refused an ad hoc request from his engineer to move over.

Bottas takes pole as Vettel penalisedChequered Flag podcast: Austrian GP qualifying review

The team backed up Verstappen’s version of events.

What made Austria different was that normally drivers do two runs in qualifying; this weekend the shortness of the track means they can fit in three. Ricciardo’s view was that, fine, it was his turn, but couldn’t he have at least one of the laps in front, especially as a tow was worth about 0.2secs, which was about the difference between the two drivers?

By the time of his news conference with the written media, Ricciardo had cooled off, admitting he should have talked it through more effectively with the team first, rather than assuming they understood he would feel aggrieved.

The widespread feeling in F1 is that Red Bull’s management are more behind Verstappen than they are Ricciardo. They would dispute it, but the impression is there nonetheless. And the fact Verstappen was given a lucrative new contract last season when the team believed Mercedes were after him, to make him the third best paid driver in F1, only enhances it.

Many assumed this might have been the root of Ricciardo’s grievance. He is in the middle of contract negotiations with the team, after all. But he insisted after qualifying that the idea of the team favouring Verstappen was “in my head not a concern”.

As for their performance, Red Bull as usual were keen to claim that the entire deficit to the front was down to the Renault engine. But some were sceptical about that.

Chequered Flag podcast: Austrian GP previewFull qualifying results

The gap between Verstappen in fifth and Bottas on pole was 0.71secs. Using the calculation engineers have for a ballpark conversion of the effect of power on lap time, that equates to nearly 45bhp.

That’s about what Red Bull think the power deficit is between their Renault and the Mercedes in qualifying. But others disagree and think it is more like 30bhp.

Are Red Bull in denial in a similar – but nowhere near as extreme – a fashion as McLaren were before they switched from Honda last year to Renault this?

Red Bull will say no. But you can bet there are some people at Mercedes who think the answer to that question is yes.

“We haven’t been that quick,” Ricciardo said. “We are losing out more down the straights than we thought and not gaining that much in the corners. I don’t really know why. We just haven’t got a fast package on this track.”

Are Mercedes edging clear?

The 2018 Formula 1 season has been very tight so far, arguably the closest fight at the front for six years, but the momentum suddenly looks to be very much with Mercedes.

Over the opening races of the season, the advantage swung back and forth between the world champions and Ferrari, and results were being decided on the tiniest twists of fate.

But in the last two grands prix, in France and now Austria, Mercedes seem to have edged ahead.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas locked out the front row at Paul Ricard last weekend for the first time this season, and they have done it again at the Red Bull Ring in Austria’s lovely Styrian mountains, albeit the other way around.

More than that, though, was the margin between them and their pursuers. Bottas, just 0.019 seconds clear of Hamilton, was 0.334secs ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel – a huge advantage around the shortest timed lap of the season, which features only seven corners.

Add an upgraded engine introduced in France to a major aerodynamic revision taken to Austria, and Mercedes appear, for now, to have taken a decisive step.

Afterwards, Vettel admitted: “They were a little bit out of range. It seems that in quali at least we are a little bit behind right now.”

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And now, for Sunday’s race, the pressure is really on the Ferrari driver, especially after he was dropped from his third place on the grid to sixth after being found guilty of impeding Renault’s Carlos Sainz.

Vettel is already 14 points adrift of Hamilton. The Ferrari driver should be able to get on to the podium from sixth, assuming a little help from team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, but even then he is likely to drop a chunk of points to Hamilton – and quite a big chunk if Hamilton can find a way past Bottas and win.

If Hamilton is going to win, he will have to do it on his own. Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff said there would be no tactics to boost Hamilton’s title bid at the expense of Bottas at this stage of the season.

“We have discussed that internally already,” Wolff said. “It is race nine and there is a long way to go and I think we owe it to the fans and it is the racing mindset we have that we won’t be playing for a drivers’ championship in June. Obviously towards the end of the season you need to look at the situation, but not now.”

And next comes Silverstone, where Mercedes’ advantage in fast, sweeping corners is likely to put them even further out of reach.

If Hamilton wins at home, as he so often does, he could be nearly a win clear by the end of next weekend.

At the same time, Vettel cannot afford another mistake such as he made at the start in France, colliding with Bottas and consigning both to a fight through the field from the back.

“We need to make sure we are a bit stronger in the race,” Vettel said before his penalty, apparently sensing the growing concern.

“I believe the car is stronger in relative pace for the race, so it should be a close fight. We’re starting again on different tyre compounds, so let’s see what we can do.”

Bottas back on top

Bottas was stunning in qualifying in taking his first pole position since last season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, when he was riding a wave given momentum by a dip in form by Hamilton after the Briton had clinched his fourth world title.

Bottas has driven strongly all season and, as BBC F1 analyst Jolyon Palmer pointed out in his column this week, could be much closer to the title fight between Hamilton and Vettel had he not been hit by some bad luck.

His pole on Saturday was a peach – a spectacular first lap, while both Hamilton and Vettel made mistakes, the world champion at what is officially called Turn Three but is actually the second corner, and the German at Turn Four (really the third).

That put Hamilton on the back foot for his final run, as a driver who messes up his first run cannot afford to throw caution the wind on his second. Hamilton’s second run was also superb, but not enough, as Bottas eked out a little more as well.

“If I had done that lap on the first lap,” Hamilton said. “I would have had a chance to shoot for pole but once you don’t have the banker lap in, you are screwed for the second one.

“He did the job and I will have to try to do what I can tomorrow. It is going to be hard to beat him but I will give it everything I can.”

Bottas is overdue a win this year – he should have them in both China and Azerbaijan, and would have had it not been for a safety car in Shanghai and a puncture in Baku.

His performances are almost certainly good enough to earn him a new contract at Mercedes for 2019 and beyond – although this has not yet been confirmed. And as for the win in Austria, he is not taking anything for granted.

“For sure it is a good feeling,” he said. “But we start from zero tomorrow.”

Haas quicker than ever; grumbles familiar

Romain Grosjean has had a torrid season, and while he still has every possibility to mess things up again on Sunday in Austria, so far he is having his best weekend of the season.

The inconsistent Frenchman – very fast at his best; very wild at his worst – has split the Red Bulls on the grid and will start fifth.

Haas have been impressing their rivals with their pace all season, yet somehow Grosjean has managed to score no points.

Largely this has been down to his own errors – crashing behind the safety car in Baku; an unthinking decision to spin deliberately across the pack on the first lap in Spain; a crash in qualifying in France and then a series of incidents on the first lap. But the team has also had its share of problems, too.

When it all comes together, though, the car is very quick. And this result will only further anger those rivals who believe that Haas’ relationship with Ferrari is closer than it should be.

Haas are the smallest team on the grid and have a different business model than all other customer teams. They buy all the parts they can from Ferrari – which means all but the chassis and aerodynamic surfaces – but some feel the grey car resembles the red one too closely.

As Hamilton said after qualifying: “I don’t know where their pace came from but we do know it is basically a Ferrari so it is no surprise they have eventually got it together.”

Haas reject this accusation and governing body the FIA has given the team the all-clear. The grumbling, though, will not go away.

Who will win in Austria?

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