Rosberg at an all-time high with W04 car

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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.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.