Rosberg perseveres after telemetry failure to finish second

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Nico Rosberg has continued his string of podium finishes at the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season by finishing today’s Chinese Grand Prix in second place.

Although the German driver seemed rather downbeat after finishing second to teammate Lewis Hamilton for the third successive race, it was a remarkable performance after he suffered a telemetry failure before the start. This meant that the team did not receive any data from the #6 car, requiring Rosberg to regularly radio in with information about fuel and tires.

To make matters worse, a poor start for Rosberg saw him drop down to seventh place at the end of the first lap, appearing to end his hopes of winning in China for the second time. However, he rallied to pass Nico Hulkenberg and Felipe Massa within the first few laps, before jumping Daniel Ricciardo at the first round of pit stops.

He then passed Vettel with a brave overtake for P3, and found a way past Alonso during the final stint of the race to secure second place.

It was quite a comeback from Rosberg, proving that the Mercedes W05 car can also race, not just lead from the front. However, he still appeared frustrated in the cool-down room after the race. “Tough race for you, then?” he sarcastically asked race winner Hamilton, who had crossed the line 18 seconds ahead of his teammate.

Even after just four races, it already appears that the race for the drivers’ championship is between the two Mercedes drivers. However, Hamilton – despite trailing Rosberg by four points – appears to be winning the psychological battle, having rattled the German driver during their battle for the win in Bahrain.

Rosberg will be hoping to bounce back at the Spanish Grand Prix in three weeks’ time, and although he lacks the momentum of Hamilton, he does have a car that is just as capable as that of his teammate.

After eating just one chip, NHRA drag racer says: ‘I seriously thought I was going to die’

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Editor’s note: Due to rain, Sunday’s final eliminations of the NHRA Carolina Nationals have been postponed to Monday morning at 10 a.m. ET. In the meantime, check out this rather unusual tale:

Remember the old Lays Potato Chips commercial from back in the 1980s that bragged “No one can eat just one”?

Well, ask NHRA Pro Stock driver Alex Laughlin and a few members of his team, and they’ll tell you they learned a very valuable lesson that there indeed IS a chip that you can only eat one of.

According to NHRA’s National Dragster, Laughlin and Elite Motorsports crew members Chase Freeman, Kelly Murphy and Brian Cunningham took part Friday night in the Paqui One Chip Challenge.

If you haven’t heard of the Challenge, Paqui Chips has produced a tortilla chip that the company boldly claims is the hottest chip ever made anywhere in the world. The secret is the “Carolina Reaper” pepper, considered the hottest chili pepper in the world, with a rating of 1.9 million Scoville units, according to PuckerButt Pepper Company.

How hot is 1.9 million Scoville units? Let’s put it this way: the Devil might even have a hard time taking this kind of heat. By comparison, a Jalapeno pepper only reaches 10,000 units on the Scoville rating. 

So while they were enjoying some downtime Friday night after the first two rounds of qualifying for the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina (suburban Charlotte), Laughlin and Co. paid $30 for one chip – you read that right, $30 for one chip, it’s THAT hot – and thought they could take the heat.

They thought wrong.

“This is the hottest chip in the world,” Laughlin said on an Instagram post that documented the entire experience, adding a warning, “What to expect: Mouth on fire, short-term loss of speech, impaired vision from tears, extreme profanity — or death.”

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Never. Ever. Again.

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Laughlin’s post also includes several reader comments that Laughlin and his crew should have had milk on hand instead of water to try and cool things down because milk has a natural antidote to cool your mouth down after eating hot food.

Sunday morning, with his mouth and throat still a bit sore, Laughlin recalled the red-hot episode to National Dragster’s Kevin McKenna:

Never again. Never. Ever. Ever,” Laughlin told McKenna. “It was definitely not the smartest thing I’ve ever done.

One of our guys showed me a You Tube video and it looked like it wasn’t going to be too bad. I like spicy food and it’s usually never a problem. I’ve been to those places with hot wings where you have to sign a waiver before you eat them and that’s never been a problem.

But this? This is on a whole different level. I thought it might last ten minutes. Fourteen hours later, I was still in bad shape. I woke up at 3 a.m. and Googled “internal bleeding.” I seriously thought I was going to die. We all did.”

So if the heat from the chip was off the hotness Richter scale, where did the stunt rank on Laughlin’s own personal Richter scale?

I’ve done some dumb things, but this is right up there.

Well, I really didn’t think it would be that bad,” Laughlin told McKenna with a shrug. “I mean, it’s just one tortilla chip. Like I said, I can usually eat stuff that other people won’t eat, but I had no idea what I was in for.

“I’ve done some dumb things, but this is right up there.”

If you’re up for another challenge in the future that involves eating hot food, Alex, here’s a suggestion: Even though it’s a few years old now, maybe you should try the Ice Bucket Challenge (but fill it with milk) to cool down quick. Just a thought.

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