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Rosberg blames US GP error on gust of wind

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Nico Rosberg claims that his mistake in the closing stages of last Sunday’s United States Grand Prix was caused by a gust of wind.

With nine laps to go in Austin, Rosberg led the race by two seconds over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, and looked poised to end a winless streak that dates back to the Austrian Grand Prix in June.

However, a mistake at turn 16 saw the German run wide, letting Hamilton through. The Briton’s victory was enough to clinch a third Formula 1 title with three races to spare.

When asked about the error ahead of this weekend’s race in Mexico, Rosberg told reporters: “It was a gust of wind, a big one. Seriously!

“Everybody has it so you can’t use it as an excuse. It’s still a mistake. I understand my mistake now. It was a very unusual scenario that happened just once in all those laps.”

Rosberg enters the final three races of the season looking to recover second place in the championship standings from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who currently leads the Mercedes driver by four points.

Despite already having the championship won, Hamilton revealed on Friday that he will not be making any special efforts to help Rosberg beat Vettel to second in the standings.

“The team has not asked me to support him in that role as I’m here to win the race,” Hamilton said.

“The team has won the constructors’ championship so I think from here on there’s not really a huge benefit for the team for me to start helping. We’ll see what Toto wants me to do.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.