LITESPORT USAIN BOLT is the main topic of discussion ahead of tonights Golden League athletics showdown in Rome -- even though the Jamaican sprinter isnt competing. Bolts two key rivals -- former world record-holder Asafa Powell and world champion Tyson Gay -- will go head-to-head in the 100m at the Stadio Olimpico before all three line up at the World Championships in Berlin next month. Weve been talking about beating Usain since the Olympics, Powell said of Bolts triple-gold and world record performances in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m sprint relay. He ran 9.69, so its going to take faster than 9.69 to beat him. Bolt recorded an impressive 200m performance despite the rain in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Tuesday, clocking 19.59secs -- only one- hundredth of a second slower than what Gay ran in May with fair weather and a breeze at his back. Gay said: I watched the race. It was pretty good considering the conditions -- rain, wind in the face, the cold. He looked pretty good. Hampered by a hamstring injury, Gay failed to qualify for the final of the 100m at last years Olympics. Gay attributed his Beijing failure to a lack of race sharpness and wants to get in some quality sprints before Berlin. Im really looking forward to getting my season going and setting up the world championships, the American said. Im 100 percent healthy and give myself a 100 percent chance of winning (in Berlin). Powell is still regaining his form from an early season ankle injury and put his condition at 85 percent. He is attempting to become only the second man in history to post more than 50 sub-10 second results in the 100m. Maurice Greene of the United States tops the all-time list with 53. Im not really focused on that right now, Powell said. I just want to get back in shape, and if Im under 10 seconds great. Besides Bolt, another notable absence in Rome is Damu Cherry, the American who was still in the hunt for the Golden League jackpot after sweeping the 100 hurdles in Berlin and Oslo. London Lite Friday, 10 July 2009 41 WITH all the talk of breakaways, rebels and a clutch of confusing acronyms, its easy to brush over the fact the current Formula One season is reaching boiling point. Having won six out of the first eight races of the campaign Jenson Button looked a nailed on certainty to inherit Lewis Hamiltons world championship crown. But after the events of the British Grand Prix, where odds-on favourite Button crawled home a disappointing sixth, could events on the track mercifully be about to take centre stage again? Championship leader Button still holds a significant 23 point lead over his Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello and a further two point lead over Red Bulls ever-improving young star Sebastian Vettel (below). The German, who turned 22 last week, has long been tipped as Michael Schumachers heir apparent and after his masterful display at Silverstone hell be looking to please his home fans at the Nurburgring over the course of the weekend. Several teams unveiled modified cars last time out and Red Bull were among those who appear to be the chief beneficiaries of the updates. The circuit in Germany is one of the more technically demanding ones which will be very much to Vettels (above) liking. Last seasons runner-up Felipe Massa has also been steadily moving up the grid of late -- hes been close to a podium finish in each of his last four races and his improving Ferrari should go well again at a tasty price. RECOMMENDED BET: S Vettel to win German GP, 11-10 (Stan James); F Massa EW, 33-1 (Bet 365). BYJAMESGOLDMAN james.goldman@thelondonlite.co.uk LITEBETTING warning ahead who is going to be on the front row or going to cross the line first. Atleasttheunpredictableweatherwill not be such a factor as at Silverstone whencooltemperaturesgreatlyaffected the running of the tyres, and perform- ance of Buttons car. Light rain is fore- cast in Germany on Sunday. FIRST PRACTICE 1 M WEBBER RED BULL 2 J BUTTON BRAWN 3 F MASSA FERRARI 4 J TRULLI TOYOTA 5 G FISICHELLA FORCE INDIA 6 K RAIKKONEN FERRARI 7 N ROSBERG WILLIAMS 8 S VETTEL RED BULL 9 K NAKAJIMA WILLIAMS 10 F ALONSO RENAULT 11 N HEIDFELD BMW SAUBER 12 R BARRICHELLO BRAWN 13 L HAMILTON MCLAREN 14 R KUBICA BMW SAUBER 15 N PIQUET JR RENAULT 16 S BOURDAIS TORO ROSSO 17 S BUEMI TORO ROSSO 18 H KOVALAINEN MCLAREN 19 T GLOCK TOYOTA 20 A SUTIL FORCE INDIA DRIVERSRACE 1JBUTTON(GB,BrawnGP)............64pts 2RBARRICHELLO(Bra,BrawnGP)...41 3SVETTEL(Ger,RedBull).....................39 4MWEBBER(Aus,RedBull)............35.5 5JTRULLI(Ita,Toyota)........................21.5 6FMASSA(Bra,Ferrari)........................16 7NROSBERG(Ger,Williams)............15.5 8TGLOCK(Ger,Toyota).........................13 9FALONSO(Spa,Toyota)......................11 10KRAIKKONEN(Fin,Ferrari).............10 CONSTRUCTORS 1BRAWN........................................105pts 2REDBULL..............................................74.5 3TOYOTA................................................34.5 4FERRARI ..................................................26 5WILLIAMS...........................................15.5 6McLAREN................................................13 7RENAULT ..................................................11 8BMWSAUBER........................................8 6TOROROSSO...........................................5 10FORCEINDIA.........................................0 GERMAN GRANDPRIX Qualifying: Tomorrow, live on BBC1, 1pm Race: Sunday, live on BBC1, from 12.10pm Roman gladiators: Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay Its Gay versus Powell with an eye on Bolt BY DAVID DIBBLE Live on British Eurosport, from 7pm World champ mourns days of Formula Fun LEWIS HAMILTON would love to see Formula One return to the good old days of being formula fun. The world champion wowed his fans at the end of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone three weeks ago by performing tyre-smoking donuts in his McLaren, despite only finishing a miserable 16th. Although the stunt is outlawed by the FIA, it was Hamiltons way of saying thank you to the thousands who have continued to support him during a very lean season to date. It was my home grand prix and they (the fans) have stood by me through thick and thin, said Hamilton. It was incredible the support I had, beyond me. I didnt know I was going to have that much support still. The 24-year-old, whose poor run of form continued with a 13th-place finish in todays first practice session ahead of Sundays German Grand Prix, feels the drivers should be able to give something back to the fans, like they currently do in MotoGP, and used to do in F1 before the FIA clamped down. Look at MotoGP, it is one of the most exciting races to watch, and in the end they give even more back to the fans, added Hamilton. BY GEOFF TEATHER Good Lewser: Hamilton is grateful to the fans despite his poor form 1WEBBER REDBULL...........1:33.082 2BUTTON BRAWN...............1:33.463 3MASSA FERRARI..............1:33.745 4TRULLI TOYOTA..............1:33.795 5FISICHELLA FORCEINDIA....1:33.839 6RAIKKONEN FERRARI..............1:33.840 7ROSBERG WILLIAMS.........1:33.902 8VETTEL REDBULL...........1:33.909 9NAKAJIMA WILLIAMS.........1:33.952 10ALONSO RENAULT............1:34.148 11.HEIDFELD BMW....................1:34.221 12BARRICHELLO BRAWN...............1:34.227 13HAMILTON MCLAREN..........1:34.483 14KUBICA BMW....................1:34.694 15PIQUET RENAULT............1:34.738 16BOURDAIS TOROROSSO...1:34.827 17BUEMI TOROROSSO...1:34.878 18KOVALAINEN MCLAREN..........1:34.893 19GLOCK TOYOTA..............1:34.911 20SUTIL FORCEINDIA....1:35.092 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html