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.

Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

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Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.