Rosberg takes the positives from his Canada defeat

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Nico Rosberg has been quick to look on the bright side after losing out to Daniel Ricciardo in the race to win the Canadian Grand Prix today.

Rosberg led most of the grand prix in Montreal, and was initially battling with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the front of the field. However, both cars were struck by an internal problem which left them down on power. The issue was so bad for Hamilton that he had to retire, but Rosberg kept going and managed to stay in the lead until the third to last lap when Ricciardo fought his way past to claim his first grand prix victory.

“That was a big battle all the way through today,” Rosberg explained. “I had a tough start but I was able to defend in the first few corners and fight against Lewis. The race went smoothly for a while then both cars suddenly lost the MGU-K system and a lot of power which was really tough. Then I lost some time in the second pit stop which let Lewis jump me and I was struggling to cool the rear brakes down so it was all happening.

“Towards the end of the race, I tried to defend against Sergio [Perez] which was fine but Daniel was too fast on the straights with much more power than I had available and he was able to get past.”

However, he is pleased to have limited the damage and come away from Canada with 18 points, giving him a 22 point lead in the drivers’ championship ahead of Hamilton.

“With so much going on, I had to ask my engineer where I finished at the end as I thought I was probably about fifth or sixth,” Rosberg explained. “I was so happy to hear that I was in P2!

“They are important points for me in the championship, so it was a tough but ultimately good day.”

Mercedes remains the team to beat in Formula 1 despite today’s result, and Rosberg will be looking to extend his championship lead at the next race in Austria (22 June). Today though, the glory lies with Ricciardo following his first race win.

Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.