Sebastian Vettel looked to be on the cusp of his second victory at Silverstone with eleven laps left in the race, enjoying a sustained 3 second lead over Nico Rosberg in P2, but his luck ran out as a loss of drive forced him to pull over and retire from the race.
Vettel had taken the lead early on after Lewis Hamilton suffered a spectacular tire failure, allowing the Red Bull to pull ahead and keep a steady gap to Rosberg. However on lap 41, Vettel lost fifth gear and suffered a loss of drive, forcing him to pull over and retire from the race on the main straight to the delight of the British fans.
This marks Vettel’s first race without points and first DNF since the 2012 Italian Grand Prix, where he suffered an alternator failure along Monza’s pit straight, bringing to an end a superb run of results for the defending world champion.
The other impact of this DNF is that the championship tightens up once again. Vettel did look set to extend his lead in the drivers’ championship beyond the 40-point barrier had he won the race, but instead, Fernando Alonso cuts his lead to a reduced (yet still sizeable) 21 points.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.