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Mercedes teammates vow to move on heading to Monaco

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It was the first of two incredible stories that birthed themselves during the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix – the collision of Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg set headlines ablaze around the world.

At least they did for an hour or so before Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen did his own bit of news-making, in becoming the youngest winner in Formula 1 history at age 18.

Now, all eyes shift back to Mercedes for Monaco – a place where there’s been drama between Hamilton and Rosberg before, and where Rosberg has won the last three years.

In their pre-race advance, both drivers are opting for pleasantries over consternation, and looking to put the Spain contact behind them.

“Barcelona was the worst feeling but, like I always say, the true test is how you get back up when you’ve been knocked down,” Hamilton said. “It was a tough moment for all of us after the race but it’s now chapter closed and looking ahead to Monaco.”

Rosberg added, “I was gutted after what happened in Spain – for myself, but mostly for the team. We’re in this together and I know how hard everybody works to make these amazing cars, so for us to leave them in the gravel is the worst possible scenario. But we’ve talked it through and now it’s time to leave it in the past.”

Rosberg, who’s German but calls Monaco his home race, seeks to become the first driver to win four Monaco Grands Prix in a row since the late Ayrton Senna in 1993, who won five straight from 1989 to 1993.

“It’s one of my home races next in Monaco – the ultimate driver’s track. It’s where I grew up and where I still live today, so that always makes it a special weekend.

“It’s been amazing to win there for the past three years – but I know it will be tough to repeat that with Lewis, the Ferraris and the Red Bulls all so strong now. I’m feeling confident, so bring on the battle!”

Hamilton’s only won once in the Principality – the year of his first World Championship in 2008.

“It’s an incredible feeling making a car dance through those streets, one of the purest thrills you can have in a racing car,” Hamilton said.

“I’ve not had the best run of results in Monaco in recent years – but last year showed I have the pace to do the job.”

IMSA at Mid-Ohio Sunday: How to watch, schedules, TV, stream info

IMSA Mid-Ohio schedule
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The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to a sprint as the circuit enters the stretch run of the 2020 season with a packed weekend schedule at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge will be a two-hour, 40-minute race around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio, for the DPi, GTLM and GTD classes.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar teams will practice Friday and Saturday. Qualifying will take place at 8 a.m. Sunday before a 2 p.m. green flag (same-day delay 11 p.m. ET, NBCSN; streaming on NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold) for the headlining race of a busy weekend.

There will be eight other races at Mid-Ohio across four series: the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

The GTLM class of IMSA’s top series will be short two entries with Porsche pulling out because of positive COVID-19 tests at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend.

This will mark the seventh race of the season. After Mid-Ohio, there are three events left for the premier DPi and four for the GT division, including two of the year’s longest (the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring season finale).

Here are the details for IMSA this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (all times are ET):


IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio

WHEN: Sunday, 2 p.m.

TV:  11 p.m. (same-day delay), NBCSN (streaming link); 2 p.m. NBC Sports App (streaming link) / TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold

STREAM: NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold (live flag to flag starting at 2 p.m.)

RADIO: IMSA Radio will have live radio coverage throughout the weekend on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, as well as SiriusXM

RACE DISTANCE: Two hours and 40 minutes around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 81 degrees with a 1% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for which WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams are racing at Mid-Ohio


IMSA Mid-Ohio weekend schedule

Friday

6:10-7:10 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Saturday

10:55 a.m.-12:10 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

Sunday

8-9:05 a.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

2 p.m. — WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Acura Sports Car Challenge