Sports world: Max's calm nature key to F1 stardom

Max's calm nature key to F1 stardom

BARCELONA • Staying cool under pressure is the key to teenager Max Verstappen's success in becoming the youngest race winner in Formula One history.

That is the opinion of the man who knows him best, his father Jos, a former F1 driver who watched in awe on Sunday as his 18-year-old son, the first Dutchman to do so, claimed his record- breaking victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.


Berdych junks coach after double bagel

ROME • Tomas Berdych has split with coach Daniel Vallverdu days after a humiliating 6-0, 6-0 defeat at tennis' Italian Open.

The 30-year-old Czech world No. 8 has suffered a lean year and a crushing defeat by Belgium's David Goffin in Rome last week proved the last straw in his partnership with the former hitting partner of Andy Murray.


Arteta set to retire and start coaching

LONDON • Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta, whose contract with English football club Arsenal is due to expire, has announced his intention to retire from playing and move into coaching.

The 34-year-old said he was "99 per cent" certain to hang up his boots after turning out for the London outfit for the last time in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe