Rosberg pleased with win after managing problems

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Nico Rosberg made no secret of his relief and delight after dealing with minor problems on his W05 Hybrid car to win today’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The German driver crossed the line less than one second ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, and was forced to fight for the win by the Briton, and also by the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.

Just as they did in Canada, both cars had a minor problem with their brakes, which the drivers had to manage. For Rosberg, the result was a relief.

“Yeah it wasn’t the easiest of races, trying to manage certain things which were a bit on the limit on the car,” he explained on the podium after the race. “But in the end, yeah, I had a very very fast car again, so it was fantastic to win today.

“It’s great also to get a one-two here in Austria, and it’s been great to come back here to Austria, for sure it deserves a race, and the fans have been amazing, the atmosphere has been spectacular this weekend, so thank you very much for that, and it’s been awesome.”

Rosberg is now looking forward to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, which is just a few miles from Mercedes’ F1 factory in Brackley, and he is hoping for a repeat result in two weeks’ time.

“For sure, looking forwards to the net one, home race so will be awesome to do another one-two there, that would be great to give something back to all of our colleagues back in the factory, and I’m looking forward to that.”

With this win, Rosberg has extended his lead in the drivers’ championship to 29 points, and will be doing everything in his power to win the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row. However, with Hamilton enjoying a partisan crowd, he too will be pushing to claim his second win at Silverstone and reduce the gap at the top of the standings.

Power, Newgarden, Dixon fastest in first of 2 IndyCar practices today at Barber Motorsports Park

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Will Power was fastest in Friday’s first of two IndyCar practice sessions at Barber Motorsports Park.

Power covered the 2.3-mile permanent road course in 1:07.5987 minutes at 122.488 mph in the 45-minute practice session.

Even though he spun off the course during his session, Phoenix winner Josef Newgarden still managed to be second-fastest (121.919 mph at 1:07.9141 minutes), followed by Scott Dixon (121.296 mph/1:082627), Max Chilton (121.251 mph/1:08.2882) and Ed Jones (121.215 mph/1:09.5692).

 

Sixth through 10th were Simon Pagenaud (121.208 mph/1:08.3122), Jordan King (121.113 mph/1:083661), Graham Rahal (121.059 mph/1:08.3964), St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais (121.029 mph/1:08.4131) and rookie Zach Veach (121.014 mph/1:08.4216).

Here’s the full speed chart:

Incidents:

* Early in the session, Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi ran off the track and into the grass, striking a small sign, but was able to get back on-track. However, Rossi was only able to complete 10 laps, relegating him to 20th-fastest in the 23-car field.

* Moments later, it appeared the rear brakes locked up on Newgarden heading into Turn 5, spinning him into the gravel trap. He was able to get going and returned to the pits for service and was back on-track with less than four minutes remaining in the session.

ALSO OF NOTE:

* The second practice session of the day will begin at 3:50 p.m. ET. A third practice will take part Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET. The race, to be televised live Sunday on NBCSN, is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

* However, weather forecast does not look promising for Sunday’s race. As of 1 p.m. ET today, the forecast calls for 100 percent rain throughout the day.

* Dixon has had an incredible record at Barber Motorsports Park, with seven podium finishes in eight starts there. Except for one thing: he has yet to win a race there. But he does have five runner-up and two other third-place showings on the permanent road course.

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