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

1 Comment

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.

source: Getty Images
Getty Images

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.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”