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Reality of F1 world title win still sinking in for Nico Rosberg

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A month may have passed since Nico Rosberg’s tense Formula 1 World Championship victory in Abu Dhabi, but the result is still sinking.

Rosberg edged out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by five points in the final drivers’ standings, clinching his maiden F1 world title.

Rosberg announced five days later that he would be retiring from F1 with immediate effect, bowing out while he was on top.

The German has since enjoyed a whirlwind world tour as champion, gracing award ceremonies and a number of TV shows, with his latest appearance coming on UK program A Question of Sport.

Rosberg spoke about his title win during the program, admitting that the reality of the victory over Hamilton is still sinking in.

“Well it’s never going to be easy if Lewis Hamilton is my teammate,” Rosberg said.

“It was always going to be a great battle, he’s a great competitor, very very fast of course. He was a world champion. It’s awesome and unbelievable that it worked out in the end.

“I still catch myself. Last night I couldn’t sleep at one o’clock, and suddenly I went back in my thoughts and I punched the air!

“I still get these small crazy moments where I realize that it’s actually happened.”

Rosberg was also asked about his celebrations on the night of his title success, confirming that he did indeed toast his victory in style.

“I can confirm I am double world champion. I also became party world champion on Sunday night,” Rosberg joked.

“I’m very proud of that, just as much as the other achievement!”

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