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Rosberg: No limit to what Mercedes can achieve

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Nico Rosberg believes that there is no limit to what Mercedes can achieve after wrapping up its second consecutive Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Russia last weekend.

Following the change in F1 engine formula in 2014, Mercedes has enjoyed a dominance rarely seen in the sport, winning 28 of the 34 races in the new era and starting on pole position at 32.

Victory for Lewis Hamilton in Sochi saw Mercedes outscore rivals Ferrari by the three points required to wrap up its second constructors’ title with four rounds in 2015 to spare.

Rosberg’s retirement from the race all but ended his faint drivers’ championship hopes, but the German said that returning to the team’s factory in England and taking part in the celebrations gave him a massive boost.

“It’s been a tough couple of days for me, but being back at the factories and seeing all my colleagues so happy after the championship win really puts a smile back on my face,” Rosberg said.

“I’ve seen this team grow since the start of the Silver Arrows project in 2010 and the level we’ve got to now, all working together, is unbelievable. There were some really tough years at the start but we are now the big team of Formula 1 – dominating the sport and breaking records along the way.

“When people think of F1 throughout history, it’s only a handful of teams like McLaren in the 80s, Williams in the 90s and Ferrari in the 2000s that come to mind – and we are now making our own mark on that list.

“It’s a very special feeling to be a part of that and everyone at the factories in Brackley and Brixworth should be extremely proud of themselves – from the guys and girls on the machines to our leaders who have been spectacular.”

Despite seeing Ferrari pose more of a challenge to Mercedes in 2015 and close the gap in recent weeks, Rosberg is sure that the team can sustain this success in years to come.

“What’s amazing is that there’s so much potential here too,” Rosberg said. “Together, there’s no limit to what we can achieve in the coming years.

“So, once again, a big thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to get us where we are today. I look forward to many more great memories and exciting times ahead.”

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.