Red Bull out of reach in Rosberg’s eyes


Nico Rosberg has revealed his disappointment after qualifying in fifth place for this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, believing that pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull may be out of reach for Mercedes in Yeongam.

Rosberg will start the race in P4, with Mark Webber set to drop ten places from third on the grid after picking up his third reprimand of the season in Singapore. However, the German driver is still disappointed that Mercedes could not pose a stiffer challenge to Red Bull.

“I haven’t found the right car balance all weekend so far and that’s the reason why I’m a bit disappointed with today’s result – even if my actual starting position of fourth place is pretty good,” Rosberg said. “The first sector of the track is good for overtaking, so hopefully that will give us some opportunities in the opening laps, but Red Bull still seem to have the edge here overall.

“If I get a good start like I managed in Singapore, then a podium finish is possible based on the performance we were able to show in the long runs on Friday.”

In Singapore, Rosberg was the only driver to challenge Vettel in the entirety of the race, overtaking him into turn one only to run slightly wide at the next corner and hand the lead back to his compatriot. He eventually finished fourth after a safety car period allowed Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen to pass through the pit stops, and he will be keen on scoring his first podium finish since his win at Silverstone back in June.

Pippa Mann, breast cancer survivors paint IMS’ start/finish line pink

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We’ve written a fair bit on MotorSportsTalk about the efforts Pippa Mann has done in working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen has supported Mann’s last two runs at the Indianapolis 500, when she’s driven the No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

This being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the awareness hit a new level with Mann working alongside breast cancer survivors to paint the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Yard of Bricks pink for the day.

IMS president Doug Boles also joined in the opportunity.

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Mercedes set to clinch F1 constructors’ championship in Russia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 08:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on October 8, 2015 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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For the second year in a row, Mercedes is poised to wrap up the Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Sochi at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes won its first F1 teams’ title in Russia last year, having returned to the sport as a works constructor in 2010. When it last enjoyed such status in the 1950s, there was no championship for the teams.

Just as it did in 2014, Mercedes has dominated proceedings in F1 this season, winning all but three races and sweeping to eight one-two finishes to leave drivers Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and Nico Rosberg battling for the drivers’ title for the second straight year.

Now, Mercedes seeks the knock-out blow in the constructors’ title race by officially wrapping it up in Sochi this weekend.

To do so, the team must simply outscore rivals Ferrari by three points this weekend. The lead currently stands at 169 points, with 215 still on offer. After Sochi, there will be 172 remaining.

“We return to Russia with positive memories from last season, when the team sealed the first constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish,” team boss Toto Wolff said.

“A repeat performance in Sochi would be fantastic and this is absolutely the target – but we are under no illusions that it will come easy. The job is not done yet.”

The tire allocation for this weekend’s race could pose problems to Mercedes just as it did in Singapore, potentially allowing Ferrari to spoil the party and delay the victory celebrations at Brackley.

However, if the form book is to be trusted, Sochi could be playing host to another Mercedes party on Sunday night with a second world title in the bag for the Silver Arrows.