Rosberg: “Awful feeling” to lose podium and chance to cut gap to Hamilton in Hungary

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Nico Rosberg’s chance to take the lead of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship for the first time in 2015 slipped through his fingers after a late puncture left him eighth at the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Starting from second place, Rosberg managed to pass Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton into the first corner.

However, he was swarmed by both Ferrari drivers at the first corner, meaning that he ran third at the end of the first lap.

A safety car period allowed Rosberg to pass Kimi Raikkonen and close on race leader Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of the race, running within one second of the German driver with five laps to go.

However, a lunge by Daniel Ricciardo at the first corner saw Rosberg suffer a puncture that left him crawling back to the pits. In the end, he finished the race in eighth place, two positions behind Hamilton who had been outside of the points with ten laps to go.

“Racing is very tough sometimes,” Rosberg said. “It’s an awful feeling to lose it at the end.

“For me, the incident with Daniel was pretty clear. I was on the ideal line, he braked too late and went wide. I then stayed on the racing line, so it was my corner, but he still had his front wing there and hit me and I got a puncture.

“That destroyed my race, which is a real shame as I could have gained a lot of points on Lewis.

“At the moment I’m not looking forward to the summer break. I just want to be back in the car and racing again tomorrow.”

Rosberg now trails Hamilton by 21 points at the top of the drivers’ championship heading into the sport’s annual summer break.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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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.