Brazilian Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg has said that he felt comfortable all weekend after cutting the gap to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the drivers’ championship.
Starting from pole position, Rosberg managed to hang on to the lead ahead of Hamilton at the start, and opened up a seven second lead after making his second pit stop when the Briton spun on his in-lap.
However, Hamilton managed to cut into Rosberg lap by lap, and was within just one second of his teammate towards the end of the race before eventually falling 1.4 seconds short at the flag.
With this win, Rosberg completed a perfect weekend in Brazil, having topped FP1, FP2, FP3, Q1, Q2 and Q3 on Friday and Saturday.
Speaking to three-time F1 world champion Nelson Piquet on the podium, Rosberg said that he felt comfortable and as though he was able to attack all weekend long, having claimed his first win since the German Grand Prix back in July.
As a result, Hamilton’s lead has been reduced to just 17 points ahead of the final double points race of the year in Abu Dhabi, which takes place in two weeks’ time.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.