Rosberg perseveres after telemetry failure to finish second

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Nico Rosberg has continued his string of podium finishes at the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season by finishing today’s Chinese Grand Prix in second place.

Although the German driver seemed rather downbeat after finishing second to teammate Lewis Hamilton for the third successive race, it was a remarkable performance after he suffered a telemetry failure before the start. This meant that the team did not receive any data from the #6 car, requiring Rosberg to regularly radio in with information about fuel and tires.

To make matters worse, a poor start for Rosberg saw him drop down to seventh place at the end of the first lap, appearing to end his hopes of winning in China for the second time. However, he rallied to pass Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa within the first few laps, before jumping Daniel Ricciardo at the first round of pit stops.

He then passed Vettel with a brave overtake for P3, and found a way past Alonso during the final stint of the race to secure second place.

It was quite a comeback from Rosberg, proving that the Mercedes W05 car can also race, not just lead from the front. However, he still appeared frustrated in the cool-down room after the race. “Tough race for you, then?” he sarcastically asked race winner Hamilton, who had crossed the line 18 seconds ahead of his teammate.

Even after just four races, it already appears that the race for the drivers’ championship is between the two Mercedes drivers. However, Hamilton – despite trailing Rosberg by four points – appears to be winning the psychological battle, having rattled the German driver during their battle for the win in Bahrain.

Rosberg will be hoping to bounce back at the Spanish Grand Prix in three weeks’ time, and although he lacks the momentum of Hamilton, he does have a car that is just as capable as that of his teammate.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”