Belgium Grand Prix: Michael Schumacher's son to drive at Spa

Michael Schumacher claimed the first of his 91 grand prix wins at Spa in 1992
Michael Schumacher claimed the first of his 91 grand prix wins at Spa in 1992

Michael Schumacher's son will mark the 25th anniversary of his father's first Formula 1 win by driving at Spa before Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Mick Schumacher, 18, will drive demonstration laps in a 1994 Benetton car, a family spokeswoman said.

His father took his first race victory at the circuit on 30 August 1992 before going on to a further 90 race wins and seven world titles.

Schumacher, 48, suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013.

He has not been seen in public since.

He retired in 2006 in after two world titles with Benetton in 1994 and 1995 before five titles in a row with Ferrari from 2000 to 2004 - clinching his seventh world title at Spa.

He made a comeback in 2010 with Mercedes but was unable to replicate his earlier success.

Schumacher family spokeswoman Sabine Kehm said it was not possible to use the race-winning 1992 Benetton for the demonstration because of mechanical and insurance issues.

Mick Schumacher is currently racing in European Formula Three....

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Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome extends lead as Alexey Lutsenko wins

Alexey Lutsenko
Alexey Lutsenko's victory was his first Grand Tour stage success

Britain's Chris Froome extended his Vuelta a Espana lead behind Alexey Lutsenko's breakaway stage-five win.

Froome, aiming to become the third man to win a Vuelta crown in the same year as Tour de France success, attacked on the final climb and now has a 10-second advantage over his nearest rival.

Froome was set up by Team Sky's Gianni Moscon, with Alberto Contador one of the few rivals to match his pace.

The race finishes in Madrid on 10 September after another 16 stages.

Vincenzo Nibali and Romain Bardet both lost time to favourite Froome with Spain's David de la Cruz, who had been two seconds behind before the stage start, slipping 23 seconds adrift.

Team Sky delivered another commanding performance, pressing the pace at the finish to draw the sting out of their rivals' lead riders

Froome, who finished in a group that also included Cannondale's Michael Woods and Orica's Esteban Chaves, said it was a day to reveal the general classification contenders.

"I learned a lot about my rivals," he said.

"Chaves seems to be one of the strongest climbers.Obviously Contador did a good ride today.Tejay van Garderen is still in the mix.Nicolas Roche is also up there.

"I was surprised to see Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru lose a bit of time, and Romain Bardet.But it's a long race and I imagine it will be a different race once we get in the high mountains."

Lutsenko's biggest victory of his career came as he followed Katusha's Marco Haller off the front of a breakaway group and then powered clear of the Austrian and kept the chasing Merhawi Kudus at bay.

British brothers Adam and Simon Yates both conceded ground to Froome, but Simon moved up a place to ninth in the overall standings.

Tomorrow's stage covers 204.4km (127 miles) from Vila-real to Sagunt.

Stage five result

1.Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana)

2.Merhawi Kudus (Eri/Dimension Data) +42secs

3.Marc Soler (Spa/Movistar) +56sec

4.Matej Mohoric (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +1min 11secs

5.Alexis Gougeard (Fra/AG2R-La Mondiale) +1min 24secs

6.Marco Haller (Aus/Katusha-Alpecin) +1min 37secs

7.Julian Alaphilippe (Fra/Quick-Step Floors) +1min 40secs

8.Jetse Bol (Ned/Manzana Postobon Team) +2mins 4secs

9.Matvey Mamykin (Rus/Katusha-Alpecin) +2mins 18secs

10.Jeremy Maison (Fra/FDJ) +2mins 31secs

General standings after stage five:

1.Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

2.Tejay Van Garderen (US/BMC)+10secs

3.Esteban Chaves (Col/Orica-Scott) +11secs

4.Nicolas Roche (Ire/BMC) +13secs

5.David De La Cruz (Spa/Quick-Step Floors) +23secs

6.Antonio Nibali (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +36secs

7.Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +49secs

8.Adam Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +50secs

9.Simon Yates (GB/Orica-Scott) +1mins 09secs

10.Michael Woods (Can/Cannondale) +1mins 13secs ...

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Sussex man held in Turkey for smuggling ancient coins

Toby RobynsImage copyright Other Image caption Toby Robyns was stopped as he prepared to board a flight home with his family

A British man is facing up to three years in a Turkish prison for trying to take home some ancient coins found on the seabed during a family holiday.

Toby Robyns, 52, an ambulance driver from Southwick, in West Sussex, was arrested as he made his way through security at Bodrum airport on Saturday.

Airport security staff reportedly found 12 coins, which were later classed as historical artefacts, in his luggage.

Mr Robyns told them his children found them while they were swimming.

He is reportedly being detained at Milas prison on suspicion of smuggling historical artefacts.

Live:More news from Sussex[1]

Mr Robyns' family returned to the UK without him on Saturday and the Foreign Office said it was liaising with the Turkish authorities

Tim Loughton, the family's local Conservative MP, said he was speaking to the Foreign Office "to establish all of the facts".

"This was an innocent, albeit foolish, mistake and we now need to ensure Mr Robyns is treated fairly and properly," he said in a statement....

References

  1. ^ Live:More news from Sussex (www.bbc.co.uk)

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Thailand charges dropped against BBC reporter

BBC foreign correspondent Jonathan Head arrives at court to fight defamation charges brought against him by a Thai lawyer in Phuket on 23 August 2017.Image copyright AFP Image caption Jonathan Head arrives at court on Wednesday to fight the defamation charges

Charges have been withdrawn against a BBC journalist in a criminal defamation case in Thailand.

Jonathan Head faced up to five years in jail if he had been convicted.

He and a co-defendant appeared in court in Phuket at the start of the trial on Wednesday.Both pleaded not guilty.

"The plaintiff has withdrawn his case against BBC journalist Jonathan Head, but as the trial of his co-defendant is continuing, we cannot comment further at present," a BBC statement said....

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