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.
One of the Road to Indy’s most talented young drivers will climb another step up the development system ladder this season.
Kyle Kirkwood, the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 champion, has signed a contract to race for Andretti Autosport in the 2020 Indy Lights season. Kirkwood will drive the No. 28 car for the reigning championship team.
A native of Jupiter, Florida, 21-year-old Kirkwood has been incredibly successful in junior formulas over the last few years. He won the F4 US Championship 2017 and won both the F3 Americas and USF2000 titles in 2018.
Driving for RP Motorsport Racing, Kirkwood won 9 of 16 races in his maiden Indy Pro 2000 season last year, allowing him to win his fourth championship in three years and earn the Road to Indy scholarship.
“We are very excited about the addition of Kyle to our Indy Lights program,” Andretti Autosport CEO and Chairman Michael Andretti said. “We’ve followed Kyle’s career from when he started in 2018 with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and have been impressed with his success in every race that led to his Indy Pro 2000 Championship last year. As a championship-caliber team, Kyle displays the desire and talent that we look for in our drivers and are excited to see him hit the track for the 2020 Indy Lights season.”
Kirkwood previously drove for Andretti in a two-day test session at Sebring International Raceway in December. He will make his official debut for the team in the season-opening doubleheader at St. Petersburg on March 14-15.
“I am ecstatic that I can now say I am competing in Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport this season,” Kirkwood said. “They have established a winning program in Indy Lights and we plan on carrying that reputation throughout 2020.
“We are a fantastic match for each other and our Sebring test in December proved that.”
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