Rosberg felt ‘massively pissed off’ with Hamilton Turn 1 move

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Nico Rosberg made no secret of his frustration after a difficult Canadian Grand Prix weekend that saw his Formula 1 drivers’ championship lead fall to just nine points.

Rosberg was forced wide at the first corner by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, causing him to drop to 10th at the end of the first lap after taking to the grass.

“I was massively pissed off in the moment,” Rosberg admitted after the race.

“In the end it’s just racing on the edge, tough racing and that’s it. I gave it a go around the outside in Barcelona and it worked out. Today it didn’t work out and that’s it.

“Of course very, very frustrating, but it’s my job to make sure I’m ahead after a battle like that. It didn’t work out today.”

Rosberg fought his way back into contention for a podium finish, only for a puncture to force him into a second pit stop.

Having burned more fuel than planned during his fightback, Rosberg was hamstrung in the closing stages when he tried to recover fourth from Max Verstappen, spinning in the process on the penultimate lap.

“I was really low on fuel because of battling all the way through and always having to overtake,” Rosberg said.

“It was difficult to understand how low. I knew the number was massively red and I didn’t know if I’d get to the end of the race.

“I did a huge lift and coast lap in the end with Kimi [Raikkonen] just to try and keep it over the start-finish line.

“That was the big problem with Max. I could only launch a couple of attacks. Every time I launched an attack, he defended very well and I needed to back off again to save fuel.

“The whole race was so complicated with a lot of things. I had the puncture as well which cost me a podium, I’m quite sure.

“A very frustrating day.”

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”