F1 2014 Driver Review: Nico Rosberg


Nico Rosberg

Team: Mercedes AMG Petronas
Car No.: 6
Races: 19
Wins: 5
Podiums (excluding wins): 10
Pole Positions: 11
Fastest Laps: 5
Points: 317
Laps Led: 483
Championship Position: 2nd

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Heading into 2014, Nico Rosberg was my tip for the title. After spending many years in the shadows, he finally had the car underneath him to challenge for the championship, and if Lewis Hamilton pushed too hard, Rosberg would be the man to pick up the pieces.

And for a while, it seemed that Nico would follow in his father’s footsteps and become world champion. His victory at the German Grand Prix capped off a perfect period that had seen him sign a new long-term deal with Mercedes, get married and see Germany win the FIFA World Cup.

However, that would be the peak of his season. Just one week later, he was left fuming in Hungary after Hamilton refused to let him past despite the team asking him to do so, eventually beating Rosberg to a podium finish. Having stewed over the summer, Nico went to Spa with a point to prove, resulting in the on-track clash between the two Mercedes drivers.

And from then on, he was always on the back foot. Hamilton had won the psychological battle, and Rosberg simply couldn’t match his teammate. His final bid in Abu Dhabi was one hampered by an engine issue, but he showed resilience by willing the car home.

Nico will be back for another shot at the title in 2015, but he knows that it will take an almighty effort to get the better of Hamilton.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

To be honest, heading into this year I’d always thought of Rosberg in the ilk of a Giancarlo Fisichella or a Jarno Trulli – a very good qualifier who on his day could be brilliant, but who had all-too-few “brilliant” days. This season was clearly Rosberg’s best yet in already nine in Formula One dating to his 2006 rookie year, but it still lacked the final degree of completion that Hamilton’s year featured.

The obvious flaw was his inability to convert pole positions into race wins. He won 11 poles but only managed to translate three of those into victories. One was controversial – Monaco following his qualifying stop – while the other two were authoritative, both in his home race at Germany and Brazil when he needed a win to maintain realistic title hopes at Abu Dhabi.

I thought Rosberg lost the mind games as much as the on-track battle this season, though. The back-to-back races of Budapest and Spa were mental psych-outs that probably pushed him to the edge. At Austin he really looked a defeated man. Still, he was resilient. He rose to the occasion in Sao Paulo, and he brought it home in Montreal and Abu Dhabi with his car failing in both races, in two of the most valiant drives of the year. He was gracious in defeat, and perhaps needed to go through the rigor of losing a title battle before he can win one.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Detroit


The focus of the Detroit Monster Energy Supercross round was on the mid-pack battle while Aaron Plessinger pulled away from the field, but when he crashed after hooking his foot in the dirt, the results once more looked like we’ve come to expect, with Chase Sexton, Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac sharing the podium for the fifth time in 10 rounds.

Supercross Results Detroit
Justin Barcia was part of an exciting, four-rider battle in the middle of Detroit’s A-Main. – Feld Motor Sports

For Sexton, Plessinger’s late-race crash was a vindication of sorts. Several times already this season, Sexton has crashed while battling for the lead and the points that has cost him keeps him sporting the red plate. He lost points in Detroit for a different reason, however.

Sexton was allowed to keep the win, but was penalized seven points for jumping in a red cross section of the course. As a result, he dropped four points to Webb and two to Tomac. Sexton is now 17 points behind Webb in the championship hunt.

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One week after snatching the red plate from Tomac for the first time in 2023, Webb stretched his advantage by two. With his second-place finish, Webb holds a three-point lead over Tomac, which essentially means both riders control their fate in the coming weeks. Webb continues to have a sweep of the top five this season with his sixth consecutive podium.

Coming off his worst finish of the season, Tomac rebounded to finish third. His eighth-place result last week was partially attributed to a stiff neck that hindered him in traffic and he still suffered some of those same effects in Detroit. Before Plessinger’s crash, he was destined to be the only rider in the three-man title scrum to finish off the podium in Detroit.

It is surprising what one position can do for one’s confidence.

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Justin Barcia scored his fourth top-five of the season. He was part of the exciting four-man battle that dominated the middle stages of the race before Sexton and Webb gained a little separation. Finishing less than three seconds behind Tomac, he kept that rider honest for the entire race.

Coming off his first win of the season, Ken Roczen finished fifth. It was his seventh top-five of the season and it elevated him to fifth in the standings.

Plessinger’s fall took the wind from his sails. He attempted to right his bike after a hard crash, but as it smoked and pinged, he dropped to 13th in the final rundown.

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Hunter Lawrence tied his brother Jett Lawrence with 10 wins each after another dominating ride in the Detroit Supercross race and the results in the points continue to widen. With his fifth win in six rounds and a worst finish of third, Lawrence now has a 35-point advantage over Nate Thrasher with four rounds remaining. Finishes of 14th or better in the final four mains will give him his first 250 championship.

Supercross Results Detroit
Strong starts have been one of the keys to Hunter Lawrence’s success in 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

Jett will have an opportunity to retake his wins’ lead as Supercross heads west for the next two rounds in Seattle and Glendale, Arizona.

Nate Thrasher earned his third second-place finish of the season with a gap of 7.6 seconds to Lawrence. He won the overall in Arlington earlier this season, but a 15th-place finish in the opening round in Houston and 10th in Daytona hurts his championship chances.

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Haiden Deegan scored his second podium and fourth top-five in six rounds of his young career. On his way to that finish, he rode aggressively against his teammate Jordon Smith in the heat race. Fans are getting a glimpse of what his on-track personality might be.

Jeremy Martin continues to be the model of consistency. He has not finished worse than sixth or better than fourth in six rounds now and that has allowed him to close to within two points of third in the 250 East championship standings.

Rounding out the top five is Chris Blose, who was pressed into service at the start of the season because of a rash of injuries at Pro Circuit Kawasaki. This is Blose’s first top-five of the season, although he’s steadily improved over the past five rounds.

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Max Anstie entered the race weekend second in the points, but a hard crash in heavy traffic early in the main forced him to retire after two laps. Earning only one point for the round, he plummeted to fifth in the standings.

The news was worse for Smith, who was dropped out of the top nine in his heat after the altercation with Deegan and failed to advance through the LCQ. In the last chance race, he stalled his engine and had to mount a determined charge. He got only as high as seventh in that race after crashing while attempting to make a pass on fourth-place Jack Chambers.

2023 Results

Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s