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Podcasts: F1 2016 review, plus career retrospective with Will Buxton

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NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton checked in with The Marshall Pruett Podcast for a two-part episode, one chronicling his career retrospective and rise to his current position, the other focusing on the 2016 season as a whole.

We’ll let Buxton speak for himself on his career rise. Meanwhile, here’s a few interesting selected quotes from his recap of the 2016 season:

On Nico Rosberg’s World Championship victory, then retirement:

“Think of how much more he’d have to put into winning it… it’s actually pretty huge. The self-induced pressure he put on himself to come good. The fact is, he did it. I don’t know many of us age 30-whatever, who’ve achieved everything we want in our life. How many of us would walk off into the sunset? Probably all of us.

“Rosberg can retire saying in his last 7 seasons, in 4 of them he beat his teammate, was Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. You can’t say the guy isn’t handy in a racing car. It’s fairly tidy.

“I’m disappointed he’s not coming back to defend it. He was a guy cocooned in his own pressure. I’d hope he’d have broken out of the cocoon to become a beautiful butterfly. We’ll never get to see that. That’s the great sadness; not knowing what might have been beyond.”

On “The Max Verstappen Rule” and Ferrari’s 2016 woes:

“It’s a shame it became known as the ‘Verstappen Rule.’ It was merely a clarification… for one, he never exceeded the regulations. Sebastian Vettel was found guilty. Max drove really well, but still has a lot to learn.

“Ferrari… They’re so scared of defeat, they’ve forgotten how to win. (on Seb) His dream of doing the Michael at Ferrari is fading away.”

On Felipe Massa’s magical moment in Brazil and (in theory) retirement:

“We were all in pieces. It was chucking down with rain… but that’s just as well. You couldn’t tell what was rain and what was tears.”

On Stoffel Vandoorne’s stellar debut in Bahrain:

“It was not a points-scoring car… he read the manual on the plane from Japan to Bahrain. The kid’s magic!”

Career Retrospective

2016 Season Review

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool