Red Bull missed out on a podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix after a late collision that ended Max Verstappen’s hopes of challenging for a top 3 position.

The Dutchman had been in a fight with Lewis Hamilton when contact with seven laps to go briefly sent Verstappen airborne and while he did escape damage that required an extra pit-stop or to retire the car, Verstappen could only finish in 5th position.

Meanwhile, his team-mate Sergio Perez was able to gain places after crashing in qualifying, with the Mexican finishing in 7th position from 16th on the grid.

The results mean Red Bull maintain their lead in the championships but do see a slight reduction in both fields.

Verstappen remains in the lead of Driver’s Championship, with the reigning World Champion now on 265 points after 13 races. He holds a 76 point lead on second place Lando Norris.

Meanwhile, Perez has 124 points, though he drops behind Hamilton and is now 7th in the championship. He is one point behind Hamilton and 8 ahead of Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate George Russell.

After a chaotic qualifying that featured two red flags and finished half an hour late, Verstappen had started behind the two McLarens on the front row.

At the start, the Dutchman immediately tried to challenge into turn one but was forced wide and came back on ahead of Norris on track.

A few laps later, however, Verstappen was forced to give track position back to Norris and when they swapped, the Dutchman was unable to match the McLaren’s lap times.

An early stop for Hamilton saw Verstappen undercut as he returned to the track behind the Mercedes, and after a multi-lap battle, he stayed there before the second round of pit stops.

Verstappen would then be further undercut by Charles Leclerc, which put him back out into 5th position.

The Dutchman would make his way past Leclerc but after getting involved in a fight with Hamilton, there would be a big moment on lap 63 when Verstappen tried to make a pass on Hamilton and the two made contact.

The impact briefly sent Verstappen airborne before he came back on track behind Leclerc. He was able to carry on without making a pit-stop, but the lack of pace meant he was unable to catch Leclerc or Hamilton ahead and had to settle for a fifth place finish.

Meanwhile, Perez had started 16th after crashing in qualifying, meaning he started at the back for the second race in a row after crashing in qualifying for the previous round in Silverstone two weeks ago.

The Mexican initially lost track position to Russell, who had also started further back due to a misjudgement in qualifying. As the race progressed, the two were filtered up the order, with the two starting on hard tyres and able to push longer into the race than others who made early stops.

Perez was able to pull an undercut on Russell and made necessary overtakes in order to help his way up the order, with seventh preserved when Russell made a later pit-stop. The Mercedes came close but was unable to pass.

Red Bull’s recent return means they have now won none of the last three races, which is the first time they have failed to win three straight races since 2021.

The team will look to avoid stretching that to four at the next round, which will see the F1 grid head to Spa for the Belgian Grand Prix next weekend in the last race before the summer break.

Crewe Alexandra have signed former MK Dons loanee Filip Marschall, with the goalkeeper joining the Railwaymen on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

Marschall, 21, will join the Alex on a season-long loan from Villa Park, and is Crewe’s sixth signing ahead of the upcoming EFL season.

The goalkeeper spent the second half of last season on loan with MK Dons at Stadium MK, making seven appearances.

Marschall had previously played for Dons’ Head Coach Mike Williamson in two spells with Gateshead, but he had a more difficult spell in Milton Keynes.

The keeper spent time on the sidelines after an injury and initially struggled to dislodge Michael Kelly after returning from his injury.

His last game for the club came when he played in the Dons’ 5-1 defeat by Crawley in the second leg of the play-offs.

Marschall had been linked with a move to Crewe earlier in the window, with the Birmingham World news website claiming he had been training with the League Two side earlier in this pre-season.

Luton Airport’s air and connecting rail services are returning to normal after being affected by a global IT system failure.

A global technology system issue in Microsoft computers lead to technical problems worldwide yesterday (19/07), with the fault linked to issues within an update released on Thursday to an anti-virus software produced by American cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.

Airports, rail networks, banks, healthcare providers, TV channels and Formula One teams were among several businesses affected, with the “blue screen of death” seen on many computers at start-up throughout the last few days.

Luton Airport confirmed issues in a first update at around 9:20am yesterday morning. They stated that, “We are aware of an ongoing global IT issue that is impacting check-in and boarding procedures for some airlines. We have additional staff on hand to support and operations are continuing with manual systems. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for flight updates.”

In a follow-up update at 11am, the airport confirmed that it was open, and to advise passengers check accordingly with their airline.

Their most recent update, which was published just after 6pm yesterday evening, said some delays may be possible as a result of the disruption caused.

They said, “London Luton Airport remains fully operational, although some delays are possible as some airlines work to restore their systems impacted by today’s global IT outage.

“Passengers should continue to check with their airline for the latest flight information before travelling to the airport.”

Another firm hit by the issue was Thameslink, who run commuter services between Luton and London as well as a myriad of several other commuter train lines connecting multiple towns and cities in South East England around London.

They first reported technology issues at around 7:45am yesterday morning.

In their first social media statement on the issue, they said, “We are currently experiencing widespread IT issues across our entire network. Our IT teams are actively investigating to determine the root cause of the problem.

“We are unable to access driver diagrams at certain locations, leading to potential short-notice cancellations, particularly on the Thameslink and Great Northern networks.

“Additionally, other key systems, including our real-time customer information platforms, are also affected. We will provide additional updates when we can. In the meantime, please regularly check your journey before you travel.

“We’re sorry for the disruption to our services and customer information channels this morning.”

Thameslink have since been able to correct faults, publishing a follow-up social media statement around 11:35am yesterday morning that they had regained access to key systems and were beginning to run services again.

As of this morning (20/07), a majority of flights at Luton Airport and rail services serving the nearby Luton Airport Parkway rail station seem to have returned to running on time or within a few minutes.

The global IT outage was caused by faulty coding in an update to CrowdStrike’s Falcon cybersecurity device, which lead to many computers connected with it stuck in a reboot spiral.

Described by some technology experts as “the largest IT outage as history”, issues began when simultaneous issues were reported in Australia, Asia and the USA.

America’s three largest airlines Delta, American and United were among those to ground flights, with thousands of flights worldwide affected, while airports across the world also reported technical issues with processing passengers.

In the UK, airports were also affected, while hospitals and GP surgeries saw communication systems affected and the TV channel Sky News was briefly taken off air due to it’s own technical issues.

In a statement, CrowdStrike’s CEO George Kurtz apologised for the failures and said they would work with those affected to restore compromised systems.

He said, “I want to sincerely apologize directly to all of you for today’s outage. All of CrowdStrike understands the gravity and impact of the situation. We quickly identified the issue and deployed a fix, allowing us to focus diligently on restoring customer systems as our highest priority.

“The outage was caused by a defect found in a Falcon content update for Windows hosts. Mac and Linux hosts are not impacted. This was not a cyberattack.

“We are working closely with impacted customers and partners to ensure that all systems are restored, so you can deliver the services your customers rely on.

“CrowdStrike is operating normally, and this issue does not affect our Falcon platform systems. There is no impact to any protection if the Falcon sensor is installed. Falcon Complete and Falcon OverWatch services are not disrupted.”

MK Dons have announced they will no longer produce matchday programmes as part of changes to their media output for the 2024/25 season.

The move will see the Dons among a number of EFL clubs to have ceased printing paper programmes on matchday, with multiple clubs having retired the pre-match programme since the covid pandemic.

EFL clubs previously voted in 2018 that it would no longer be compulsory to produce a matchday programme for every game hosted, having previously been a rule the league enforced.

MK Dons had opted to continue publishing one, having produced a matchday programme in the three seasons since the return of fans in games after the end of the covid lockdowns in 2021.

But as part of multiple changes to MK Dons’ media output, the club confirmed they will no longer be publishing them.

Other changes coming up include the launch of the club’s updated website, which went live last month, while the club also announced plans to launch a monthly newsletter and that they were exploring the possibility of launching new official MK Dons apps and podcasts.

MK Dons have also said they intend to enhance coverage of their women’s and academy teams, with increased coverage on both their website and social media platforms.

In a statement outlining the changes to their official media output for the 2024/25 season, MK Dons said the decision to phase out programmes came following consultation with their supporter’s board.

The statement read, “After much deliberation and discussion with the MK Dons Supporters’ Board, MK Dons have decided to discontinue the matchday programme at Stadium MK from the start of the 2024/25 season.

“This is primarily due to the resourcing and costs associated with producing a matchday programme, as well as the sustainability concerns attached to manufacturing a print publication.

“MK Dons appreciate purchasing programmes has been a long-established tradition for some supporters. However, due to decreasing sales, the programme has struggled to break even in recent seasons and is no longer viable. In its absence, the club will have further resources to focus on other media channels.

“Crucially, in the digital age, it is the view of MK Dons and the MK Dons Supporters’ Board that digital content is far more accessible to fans and will serve as a better use of the club’s resources while also eliminating waste.”

The Wizard of Oz has landed at Milton Keynes Theatre fresh from a Summer season at the London Palladium with Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood returning to MK to star as the Wicked Witch of the West who gives a great performance.

This is a show which really massively overdelivers on your expectations with a extremely high production values, utilising a giant video screen and layered projections to bring the technicolour land of Oz to life like never before. The score from the original iconic MGM movie has been reworked to sound more powerful and exciting than ever and of course there’s plenty of singing, dancing and skipping arm in arm along the yellow brick road.

All the iconic songs from the original movie are included, from Over The Rainbow to Follow The Yellow Brick Road and We’re Off To See the Wizard plus some new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

But where you feel like you know exactly what to expect, this production manages to make the story feel fresh, modern and exciting, keeping the familiar characters and the essence of the story but bringing modern twists to the staging with the Emerald City reimagined as a neon lit Vegas-esque urban jungle and the yellow brick road made from disco dancefloor panels on wheels

The cast are superb with an outstanding performance from newcomer Aviva Tulley as Dorothy, joined by Benjamin Yates (ITV’s Emmerdale; Jersey Boys, West End) who has fantastic stage presence as The Scarecrow, Nic Greenshields (Love Never Dies West End; Les Misérables West End, International Tour) who is hilarious as The Cowardly Lion, and Femi Akinfolarin whose embodiment of The Tin Man is incredible.

Completing the main cast are Alex Bourne (Annie, West End, UK Tour, Toronto; Hairspray, UK Tour) as The Wizard, Emily Bull (9 to 5, UK Tour; Matilda UK Tour) as Glinda The Good Witch and Abigail Matthews who brings Dorothy’s dog Toto to life with superb puppetry skills .

This is a magical and hugely enjoyable family show which will reignite your love of this timeless story.

The Wizard of Oz is at Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday 16 to Sunday 21 July 2024 (Evenings @ 7:30pm, Wed & Sat Matinees @ 2:30pm, Sun Matinee @ 1pm)

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