Nico Rosberg has made no secret of his disappointment after losing yet more ground on Lewis Hamilton at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship, but was pleased that Mercedes finally clinched the 2014 constructors’ title in Russia today.
Rosberg locked up his front tires heading into turn two on the first lap as he tried to take the lead, requiring a pit stop to stop the vibrations on his car. This left him down in 20th place after just one lap.
The German driver managed to fight his way back through the order and make his medium compound tires last 52 laps, but said that he had to feel disappointed to have lost to Hamilton once again.
“It was a great strategy from the team,” Rosberg said. “The thing is that our car is just unbelievable. It’s so good.
“Everybody has done such a good job building this car, and that’s why half of me is extremely disappointed that I messed up today.
“But the other half, I’m really really happy because everybody deserves it so much.
“For them, this is the most important title of the year as the constructors’ championship, so that’s why I can smile a bit because I’m happy for everybody to have achieved that.”
The win marks Mercedes’ first ever constructors’ championship victory, and allows both Rosberg and Hamilton to turn their attention to the drivers’ championship battle that rages on.
Our title fighters will renew battle at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas for the United States Grand Prix on November 2nd.
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto