Many Swiss engineering firms have sprung up around the Sauber F1 team. The surprising and history making thing happened on 10th of June last year. It is when Swiss city of Zurich hosted the Formula E championship.
Motor racing was illegal in Switzerland since 1955. There was a sports accident in Le Mans that killed 83 spectators in 1955. Since then, government banned motor racing around circuits. But in 2015, the ban was lifted for just fully electric vehicles. But in 2018, The Formula E took place in Zurich. And a motor event took place after 60 years in Switzerland.
Even though the sports did not come to the country till 2018, the country is very much involved in motorsport. And it is well known for precision engineering it often requires. Geneva is home to the administrative headquarters of motorsport’s governing body and the F1 Team Sauber. It is one of the only teams based out of UK.
Uk has most number of F1 Teams. And the motorsport sector is a huge success in the British engineering, specially with the Swiss machined parts and manufacturing. There are around 4300 companies based around the Midlands and Oxfordshire that are into this business. And it is known as the Motorsport Valley.
The Motorsport Valley employs 45,000 people, and 25000 out of those workers are engineers. And the estimated sales of the Motorsport Valley was around 10 Billion pounds back in 2017, and 87% of it was exports.
Many countries including Switzerland seem interested in partnering up with Motorsport Valley. The ambassador of UK, Alexandre Fasel said – “The vector of motorsport can be used to develop business opportunities. It happens in Motorsport Valley in the UK, and it happens in Switzerland except it does not see itself as a ‘valley’ yet.”
“We want to team up with UK companies, to penetrate the markets and commercialise IP in areas such as lightweight structures, electrification, autonomous and connected vehicles, and the use of data.”
Aaron Rodgers Signs $150m Contract as Green Bay Packers Retain Star Quarterback
If you are a Green Bay Packers fan, then the news that Aaron Rodgers has pledged himself to the Lambeau Field franchise for another three years will be music to your ears. The veteran quarterback has completed back-to-back NFL MVP award-winning seasons, and many may have feared that another offseason filled with ‘will-he, won’t he’ rumors were on the cards, but that’s now been neatly avoided.
38-year-old Rodgers has put pen to paper on a deal that will net him a massive $150m and makes him the best-paid player in the league. His first year will amount to $41m, the second is worth $59, and his third will work out at $49m. That may seem like a hefty sum, but Rodgers reportedly actually turned down a higher amount, knowing that doing so would free up money to improve the deals of other players (and possible newcomers to the Packers ranks).
The retention of Rodgers will, of course, offer a massive boost to Matt LaFleur’s team’s push for a Super Bowl title, and if you take a look at any odds comparison site, you’ll see that Green Bay are now at around the (+1100) mark, meaning that only the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ahead of them in the betting.
Rodgers has been in superb form over the past few seasons, showing that age hasn’t caught up with him, and there is certainly plenty more left in the tank. Next season will be his 18th with the Packers, and he has led his team to the playoffs in each of the past three campaigns.
During that period, the Packers have a 39-6 record in regular-season action, which is a frightening level of consistency, and keeping such a hugely talented player at the team is something that has been widely applauded.
Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst remarked;
“We are very pleased to be able to come to an agreement with Aaron that keeps him in Green Bay,”
“His play on the field and leadership in our locker room remain vital in our pursuit of another Super Bowl title. The agreement also allows us to maintain and enhance what we feel is already a very competitive roster.”
The new deal for Rodgers has left back-up QB Jordan Love considering his options, and one imagines he may look to leave Green Bay in order to find game time elsewhere.
On that point, comments from LaFleur suggest that they may not stand in his way, should he indeed look to find a new team;
“Jordan’s come a long way,”
“I still think, with any young player that hasn’t gotten maybe the experience up to this point, there’s still a lot of room for growth. So I think it’s going to be an important offseason, that when he does come back, it’s making sure that his footwork is sharp, that he’s on the details of what we’re trying to accomplish on each and every play and all the concepts, really a mastery of the offense, and just the command that he has. I know he takes that to heart, and he takes it very personally, and he’ll do whatever he can to be his best.”
One thing is for sure. Trying to force your way from behind the shadow of such an accomplished player, such as Aaron Rodgers, isn’t something that can be easily achieved. Hence the likely need to move on rather than sit on the sidelines for another three years.
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