Nico Rosberg has made no secret of his delight that, for the first time in his career, he is driving a car capable of challenging for pole positions and race wins on a regular basis.
Since joining Mercedes in 2010, Rosberg’s bid to become a front-runner has been stunted by a troublesome car and a lack of reliability. Thanks to an unseasonably-cool Chinese Grand Prix in 2012, the German driver managed to claim his first race win, but this failed to be backed up by any further victories. This season though, he has flourished alongside new teammate Lewis Hamilton, claiming three pole positions and two wins heading into this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
“In general I’ve really enjoyed it [this season],” Rosberg said during the drivers’ press conference on Thursday. “It’s the first time in my career that I’ve really had a car that on numerous occasions I can win races with.
“That’s a great feeling. To come to a race track knowing I can put it on pole, I can win the race, it’s really nice.”
Having struggled at the low downforce circuits such as Spa and Monza in recent weeks, Rosberg is hopeful of bouncing back in Singapore this weekend around the tight and twisty Marina Bay Street Circuit.
“I’m really looking forward to this race here. It’s back to high downforce package where Lewis won last with this package in Hungary, so I’m confident we can be very quick again this weekend.”
Rosberg has enjoyed some success in Singapore over the years, recording a best finish of second at the inaugural race back in 2008.
The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.
Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.
Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.
Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.
Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.
While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.
Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.
“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”
“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.
Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.
“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”
Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.
But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.