Mercedes has best balanced team mates in F1, says Wolff

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Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff says the team’s result in the Belgian Grand Prix shows they have one of the strongest driver pairings in F1.

“We scored a good team result at the last race in Belgium, with third and fourth places, and that underlined one of the team’s strengths this year: our drivers,” said Wolff.

“As their performances this season have shown, Lewis and Nico are probably the most closely matched and balanced driver pairing in Formula One. Their combination of speed and consistency has taken Mercedes to second place in the constructors’ championship and our clear target is to consolidate this position over the coming races.”

Team principal Ross Brawn echoed Wolff’s view, saying he was pleased the team strengthened its hold on second place in the constructors’ championship at the Belgian Grand Prix even if it wasn’t able to challenge Red Bull for victory.

“I was very pleased with the team’s performance in Belgium and the consolidation of our current position of second place in the constructors’ championship,” said Brawn. “We weren’t quite in the position to fight for the win but we will keep pushing hard to close that gap and keep fighting.”

Mercedes gave away eight points to Red Bull in the championship at Spa and now trail them by 77. They are 17 clear of Ferrari.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.