Last Updated: 14th October, 2019 16:54 IST F1 2019: Lewis Hamilton-led Mercedes Dominate Formula One Circuit A one-three finish for Mercedes means that the Silver Arrows have secured the 2019 constructors’ championship. The Silver Arrows have dominated this season. LIVE TV First Published: 14th October, 2019 16:54 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Mercedes painted the city of Suzuka silver, as Valtteri Bottas raced to the chequered flag to clinch the constructors’ championship for the Silver Arrows. Bottas finished first, as Hamilton finished third in Japan. Bottas’ win effectively rules out Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc from the running in the driver’s championship this season. Hamilton’s third-place finish at the Suzuka circuit means that the five-time champion has now amassed 338 points and opened up a lead of 64 points at the top. Also Read | Michael Schumacher Update: Formula 1 Legend In Paris For Cell TherapyIt has been an exciting season for Mercedes so far with the Silver Arrows securing a total of 12 first-place finishes out of 17 races this season. The German team enjoyed a run of eight consecutive victories before Red Bull’s Max Verstappen brought their winning run to a halt in the Austrian Grand Prix. Hamilton then managed to secure a win back home in the British Grand Prix, before Verstappen stepped up to race through the chequered flag in the next race in Germany. Verstappen’s win was followed by another Mercedes victory in Hungary, as Hamilton beat out stiff competition from Verstappen and Vettel to emerge victoriously. Also Read | Japanese Grand Prix: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel Grabs Pole Position 1 year ago Rival tribute: BMW pays Mercedes-Benz’s outgoing-CEO a clever video tribute saying ‘Retirement is about exploring options’, here’s how netizens are reacting COMMENT Mercedes dominateThe win at Hungary meant that Mercedes were in pole position to win the constructors’ championship after the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, this is precisely when Ferrari decided to come to the party. Successive victories for Charles Leclerc, followed by Vettel’s first victory this season meant that Mercedes would have to put their victory party on hold. The wait for the party, however, would prove to be a short one, as Hamilton prevailed in Russia to all but hand the constructors’ championship to Mercedes. Bottas’ victory in Japan and Hamilton’s third-place finish means that the Silver Arrows will make Formula One history as they become the first team in Formula One history to win six consecutive constructors’ and individual titles.Also Read | F1 | Vettel Wins Singapore Grand Prix, Ends 13-month Winless Streak Meanwhile, it has been a difficult season for Mercedes’ rivals Ferrari. A meagre total of three wins out of 17 races so far is a dismal return for the Italian side. Their star driver Sebastian Vettel has struggled to register convincing victories, as the German ended his 13-month winless streak with a win in the Singapore Grand Prix. His teammate Charles Leclerc has shown some promise, having stepped up from Sauber to partner the German. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has also impressed this season, as he is now level on points with Ferrari’s Vettel, with 212 points so far. Also Read | F1 | Lewis Hamilton Wins Record Sixth British Grand Prix, Extends Lead On Driver Standings 1 year ago F1 | Ambitious Max Verstappen hoping to catch and challenge Mercedes FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE Colin DCunha
MONTEREY PARK – More than 200 members of the local Burmese community gathered at a park Sunday to show support for demonstrators in their home county now fighting for democracy. Over the past week, a military junta has led a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters. The protests began Aug. 19, when the government sharply raised fuel prices. The protests mushroomed into the junta’s largest challenge in decades when Myanmar’s revered monks took a leading role. In Monterey Park on Sunday, signs reading “Stop supporting brutal regimes,” and “Promote democracy in Burma,” were hung around Barnes Park, 400 S. McPherrin Ave., as pro-democracy groups, religious organizations of various faiths, and refugees of Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – sang, chanted and gave speeches in support of their cause. Many wore red T-shirts as a sign of solidarity with the protesters. Win said he had not seen his wife or children for 11 years until he was able to reunite with them in the United States in 2001. Prior to his election to parliament, Win said he was jailed for four years beginning in 1976 due to his involvement with a democratic student movement. Win said his struggle, however, is not an unusual one in Myanmar. Most student leaders and politicians have similar tales, he said. The recent protests in Myanmar are a continuation of a 45-year battle against the repressive regime, Win said. Representatives of Buddhist, Muslim and Christian religious organizations led prayers prior to the vigil. Head monk Gunnissara Ashin of the Dhammajoti Mediation Center in Baldwin Park said he believes the long struggle may be coming to an end. “This is our time for peaceful dem- ocracy in our country,” he said. The Rev. Than Oo of Covina’s Adoniram Judson Memorial Baptist Church said he believes the nation’s long fight for democracy may be nearing its end. He credited international attention. “The whole world is watching Burma,” he said. Many at Barnes Park said they viewed their support of Burmese democracy as an obligation. Organizers of the event also encouraged demonstrators to attend ongoing protests at the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles in order to pressure China to stop its support of the junta in Myanmar. “Those on the outside have the opportunity to speak – we must speak,” said longtime Burmese activist Louisa Benson Craig. “We hope for change,” she added. “We hope this is a point of no turning back.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A day’s worth of discussions and activities was brought to a close at 5 p.m. with a candlelight vigil in support of democratic protestors. U Mya Win, chairman of the Canyon Country-based organization National League for Democracy, said the cause in his home country has been a lifelong struggle for him. Elected to the Burmese parliament in 1990, Win was imprisoned for nine years when the reigning military junta decided not to let a democratically elected government take control, he said. “They accused us of high treason,” said Win.