Rosberg disappointed with fourth place behind Hamilton (VIDEO)


Nico Rosberg has been left frustrated in Hungary today after he failed to convert pole position into a race win, eventually bringing his Mercedes home in fourth place behind teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The German driver did lead the early stages of the race before the first safety car period, when Mercedes’ decision to pit him one lap later than the opposition dropped him down the order. The team then chose to run two option tire stints as opposed to one prime stint for Hamilton, and despite calling for the Briton to let Rosberg through, the championship leader was not given the position.

Rosberg managed to catch Hamilton in the final laps of the race despite pitting an extra time, but could not quite overtake his title rival, falling half a second short at the flag.

Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton after the race today, Rosberg made no secret of his disappointment, but is happy to still hold an eleven point lead heading into F1’s summer break.

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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