FERRARI TO BE PAID MORE THAN MERCEDES IN F1, SAYS REPORT
FERRARI will be paid much more than any other Formula One team this year despite finishing runners-up to world champions Mercedes last season, according to figures published on Wednesday.
Autosport.com, which said it obtained projected payment details at last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, said Ferrari was in line to receive US$192 million (S$259 million) - a 17 per cent increase from last year.
Mercedes, winners of both constructor and driver championships for the past two seasons and 34 of the past 40 races, will get US$171 million and third-placed Williams a mere US$87 million.
VENUS ADVANCES TO 3RD ROUND, ON TRACK FOR 50TH CAREER WTA CROWN
SEVEN-TIME Grand Slam champion Venus Williams powered into the third round of the WTA clay court tournament at Charleston on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alison Riske.
Williams, seeded third and seeking a 50th career WTA title this week, fired 20 winners, displaying a sharp service game in a match lasting less than 90 minutes.
Things did not go so well on the green clay of Charleston for second-seeded Swiss Belinda Bencic, beaten 6-1, 6-1 by Russian Elena Vesnina.
WALKER RISKS MASTERS JINX BY
WINNING PAR-3 CONTEST AT AUGUSTA
JIMMY Walker risked the Masters curse by winning the Par-3 Contest in record fashion on Wednesday at Augusta National, where a record-shattering nine aces were fired on the eve of the 80th Masters.
On a day when Augusta National fans booed defending Masters champion Jordan Spieth after he could not match back-to-back holes-in-one, Walker stole the show.
The 37-year-old American fired an eight-under 19 on the 1,060-yard layout, smashing a record that had stood for half a century and risking the jinx of no Par-3 winner having ever captured that year's Masters title.