Carlos Sainz gave a thumbs-up sign to cameras to indicate he was conscious after surviving a high speed crash that ended Saturday morning’s third and final free practice session for Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix. The Spaniard was extricated from his crashed Toro Rosso car and carried on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance and then to the circuit medical centre after crashing at Turn 13. An official announcement by International Motoring Federation (FIA) spokesman Matteo Bonciani confirmed that Sainz was conscious as he was being taken from the wreckage.
British lawmakers will start an inquiry into the costs and benefits of staying in the European Union next week as campaigning gets underway for a referendum on the country's EU membership. Legislators from the cross-party Treasury Committee -- who normally monitor the Bank of England, finance ministry and banks -- are set to start hearing from officials this month. "This inquiry will be wide-ranging, dealing with all the economic and financial consequences of the UK's EU membership, and the impact of departure," Andrew Tyrie, the Conservative lawmaker who chairs the cross-party committee, said.
Rebels battled Saturday to reverse an Islamic State group advance on Syria's Aleppo, as Washington said it would resume talks with Moscow to avoid accidents in the skies over the war-torn country. Moscow meanwhile continued its aerial campaign in Syria, launching a series of new strikes overnight and into Saturday targeting areas in and around the regime stronghold of Latakia province. In the northern province of Aleppo, Islamist rebels including the powerful Ahrar al-Sham group recaptured one of several villages seized by IS in its Friday advance, a monitor said.