Rosberg forced to retire in Singapore after electrical glitch

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Nico Rosberg’s hopes of winning the 2014 F1 world championship have taken a huge hit after he was forced to retire from the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix because of an electrical glitch on his car.

In the lead-up to the race, Mercedes found that there was problem with Rosberg’s steering wheel after his practice start, prompting the team to change to another setting.

After another change on the grid, he failed to pull away and was left stranded in his grid slot as the rest of the field streamed past.

Mercedes sent its mechanics onto the grid to wheel Rosberg back into the pit lane, where they changed his steering wheel once again before the start. When he eventually got away from the pit lane, he was right at the back of the pack in 21st position.

Rosberg then struggled to pass the likes of Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson, shifting gears two at a time because of the electrical problem.

When Mercedes brought the German driver into the pit lane, the engineers told him to stall his car so they could replace the steering wheel again and try to resolve the issue. However, he could not pull away from his box, prompting the team to tell the world championship leader to park his car up and retire from the race.

Rosberg’s misfortune will come as a bitter blow, given that he was leading the championship by 29 points following the Belgian Grand Prix just three weeks ago. With Hamilton leading the race at the time of writing, the Briton is set to take the lead of the title race by three points ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

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.