Rosberg recovers to second at Silverstone, praises Hamilton for late pit call

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Nico Rosberg managed to recover from a poor start to finish second in the British Grand Prix on Sunday, but was quick to praise Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for his victory at Silverstone.

Starting second, Rosberg made a poor start to drop behind both Williams drivers into fourth place where he remained for much of the race.

A late rain shower allowed him to scythe past Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa to move into second place before catching Hamilton at a considerable rate, cutting the gap to just two seconds at one point.

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Hamilton appeared to have thrown away the race win when he pitted for intermediates on lap 43, but it proved to be the perfect call as the rain grew stronger and forced Rosberg to pit just one lap later.

When Rosberg emerged from the pit lane, his deficit to Hamilton now stood at nine seconds. He would eventually finish 10.9 seconds behind his teammate at the flag.

“It was a good race,” Rosberg said on the podium. “I was pushing hard to try and catch Lewis under the difficult conditions, but he just made the better call with the pit stop, that’s where I lost it.

“Fair play to him, he did a great job all weekend.”

Like Hamilton, Rosberg also thanked the fans that had turned out at Silverstone as over 140,000 came through the gates on Sunday.

“You’ve been amazing, really absolutely unbelievable,” Rosberg said. “Great atmosphere here, really a pleasure to drive in front of all of you.”

With this defeat, Rosberg trails Hamilton by 17 points at the top of the drivers’ championship once again.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.