Following his clash with Lewis Hamilton in today’s Belgian Grand Prix, championship leader Nico Rosberg was met with a chorus of boos when he took to the podium to claim his trophy for finishing in second place.
Rosberg had started from pole position, but dropped behind Hamilton off the line. He tried to re-claim the lead on the second lap of the race, making an opportunistic move around the outside of Les Combes, only for the two drivers to touch.
The contact left Hamilton with a puncture, forcing him to crawl back to the pits for repairs and costing him a shot at points. He eventually retired from the race late on.
This race is very popular among British fans, given that it is only a four-hour journey away, and they were less than impressed to see the demise of their championship hopeful.
Rosberg said that he would not comment on the incident until he got an opportunity to watch it on TV, but is expected to meet the wrath of team bosses Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda later today.
INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.
Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.
It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.
Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)