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Hamilton: Rosberg “drove really well today, no mistakes, no gust of wind”

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Lewis Hamilton praised Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg following his victory in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix that saw the German driver end a four-month win drought and become the first victor at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 23 years.

Formula 1 returned to Mexico for the first time since 1992 this weekend, and it was Rosberg who executed a near-perfect display en route to his fourth victory of the season.

One week on from his defeat in Austin, the German driver led all but four laps in Mexico City as he reclaimed second place in the drivers’ championship with two races to go.

Hamilton praised Rosberg for his performance, but could not resist mentioning the gust of wind that Rosberg blamed his late error in the United States Grand Prix on that cost him the race win seven days ago.

“Nico drove really well today, no mistakes, no gust of wind,” Hamilton said. “It was very difficult to follow here but what a crowd we had today, it was just incredible.

“I gave it my all, it was quite fun actually just to be able to push and not really have to be worrying about points or anything like that. Just go out and just race. That was one of the fun races for me.”

Hamilton was confirmed as the 2015 F1 world champion last time out in Austin, but denied that the lack of pressure had caused him to ease off in Mexico.

“Not at all. I was pushing the whole way it’s just that you can’t follow,” Hamilton said. “Soon as I’d get four, five, a few car lengths behind, just to lose the aero, and he had perfect aero so it was impossible to get close enough.

“I had good pace – but as soon as you get closer and closer and closer you lose all your downforce.”

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.