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Youngest F1 Drivers For The 2018 Season

The Monaco Grand Prix is the one race of the year that every driver dreams of winning

The Portier corner is key to achieving a good lap time around Monaco. It is preceded by the Loews hairpin, the slowest corner in Formula One, and followed by the tunnel, one of the few flat-out sections of the track. Some great names have ended their races in the barriers here, most notably Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.

To win in Monaco places a driver’s name on a list that includes many of history’s all-time greats. All the top teams have unchanged line-ups for 2018, but there are some exciting moves further down the grid. Therefore, we set the youngest F1 drivers of the season.

Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll

Lance Stroll ( 19 yo)

Born in Montreal, Canada in 1998, Stroll was bitten by the racing bug aged five when his father, eminent businessman and occasional amateur sportscar driver Lawrence Stroll, bought him a go-kart. He won his first race and championship three years later, before being selected for Ferrari’s prestigious Driver Academy in 2010 following more karting success.The 2018 season brings with it a whole new challenge for Stroll – leading Williams’ campaign as Massa is replaced by another rookie in the form of Sergey Sirotkin.

Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc (20 yo)

Born on October 16, 1997, Leclerc is barely into his twenties, so it’s fair to say he looks to be firmly on the fast track to success. Hailing from Monaco, he was inevitably exposed to F1 at a young age, especially as his late father Herve was also a racing driver, who shared his passion for Formule One car racing. In 2017, he triumphed seven times to secure the F2 crown in dominant style at his first attempt. There were further F1 tests with the Scuderia, and another four Friday practice outings, this time with the Ferrari-powered Sauber team.With Sauber strengthening their ties to Ferrari with an Alfa Romeo title sponsorship deal for 2018, Leclerc won his first F1 race seat, driving alongside seasoned Swede Marcus Ericsson.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen (20 yo)

Max Emilian Verstappen was born in Hasselt, in the east of Belgium, on September 30, 1997. Motorsport was in his blood: father Jos was competing in Formula 1 racing at the time – in fact he raced for Tyrrell in Japan 10 days after Max’s arrival – while mother Sophie Kumpen was a successful, and extremely quick, karter. He stunned by winning on debut for his new squad and a further six podiums followed as he impressed all with his daring overtakes and wet-weather prowess. His defensive driving proved somewhat controversial among his peers, but no-one could argue that a new F1 superstar had arrived. And nothing happened to change that in 2017. Red Bull may have dropped off the title-contending pace of Mercedes and Ferrari, but Verstappen proved a close match for team mate Daniel Ricciardo, and despite a woeful lack of luck in terms of engine reliability, secured two race wins to the Australian’s one.


Llanelli Vinyl Vendor Jailed For Selling Illegal Cancer Drugs Across The EU

Lee Daniels received a 40-month sentence for selling unauthorised versions of anti-cancer drugs such as Tamoxifen and Letrozole across the EU



A Llanelli man has been sentenced today for illegally supplying prescription drugs. Lee Daniels received a 40-month sentence for selling unauthorised versions of anti-cancer drugs such as Tamoxifen and Letrozole as well as steroids and pain killers across the EU.

More than 25,000 doses of unlicensed, prescription-only medicines and class C drugs were seized by Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency investigators including addictive benzodiazepines. Daniels conducted his illegal trade in medicines whilst also running a business selling vinyl records.

Investigators believe that Daniels made more than £270K from his illegal medicines business between 2013 and 2016. The profits were deposited into accounts held under variations of his own name and in to accounts in the name of his wife and a friend who it is believed were completely unaware of his illegal business.

Daniels worked full-time as a welder before branching out in to selling discs and diazepam. He was eventually uncovered when a raid at an associate’s warehouse resulted in hand-written notes being seized which led investigators to his address.

Daniels sold powerful medicines with potentially dangerous side effects directly to the public. He often sold cheap, untested, unlicensed versions of these medicines and did so without any form of medical supervision or prescribing. His customers were put at serious risk by his activities.

Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA Head of Enforcement said:

Selling medicines outside of the regulated supply chain is a serious criminal offence. These criminals are motivated by greed and have no concern about your safety or welfare.

Always seek professional help and visit your GP if you are ill. If you buy medicines online, you are trusting a criminal to look after your health.

MHRA is currently running the #FakeMeds campaign to warn people against buying potentially dangerous or useless unlicensed medicines sold by illegal online suppliers. Visit for tips on buying medicines safely online and how to avoid unscrupulous sites.

U.S.-France Science And Technology Cooperation

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

The fifth U.S.-France Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation (JCM) convened on March 9 in Paris, France. The JCM provides an opportunity to exchange views on some of the most important science and technology endeavors in our countries, and to prioritize future collaboration between the United States and France.

French and U.S. government agencies and research organizations at the fifth JCM discussed information technology, energy and the environment, health science, and science and research integrity. Both countries endorsed continued research cooperation, including initiatives to increase collaboration in artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, advanced energy technologies and clean energy, ocean observation and exploration, and cancer research. Current successful projects were also reviewed, including the renewal of the international joint research unit between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the French National Center for Scientific Research.

The Joint Statement from the fifth JCM is available here:

For further information about the U.S.-France JCM, please contact the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at

United States-Armenia Hague Convention On International Child Abduction

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

On March 1, 2018, the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction entered into force between the United States and Armenia. The United States now has 77 partners under the Convention.

The Convention provides a civil law mechanism for parents seeking the return of children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside their country of habitual residence in violation of custodial rights. Parents seeking access to children residing in treaty partner countries may also invoke the Convention. The Convention is important because it establishes an internationally recognized legal framework to resolve international parental child abduction cases. The Convention does not address who should have custody of the child; rather it addresses where issues of child custody should be decided.

The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues, which serves as the Central Authority for the United States under the Convention, welcomes our partnership with Armenia and looks forward to working together on this critical issue.

For more information please visit and click on “international parental child abduction.”

For press inquiries, please contact or (202) 485-6150.

Minister Field’s Remarks To Media At The February 2018 EU Foreign Affairs Council Meeting

Mark Field attended the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting which covered Venezuela, the Middle East Peace Process, Moldova, Burma, Cambodia and the Maldives

Mark Field attended the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 26 February 2018. Discussions focused on Venezuela, the Middle East Peace Process and Moldova. Conclusions were adopted covering Burma, Cambodia and the Maldives.

Upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Minster of State Mark Field said:

We are obviously very interested in playing our part today in the Venezuelan situation which is a dreadful humanitarian, political and diplomatic situation. We are obviously very keen to be supporting the Spanish who are leading on this and we need to move towards a united front to ensure there is a fully participatory, free and fair election in Venezuela.

We are going to talk about the Middle East Peace Plan… I hope that we are going to have an agreement that we need to move ahead and ensure that there is a two-state solution but also above all that America has to be part and parcel of this process.

We are also going to talk a little bit about Moldova. Many of you know obviously in Moldova there is a programme of economic and political reform being supported by all elements of the European Union.

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