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.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.