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.”

March 29 in Motorsports History: Scott Dixon wins first race after reunification

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Reunited and it felt so good.

That’s what drivers likely thought before the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For the first time since 1995, major-league open-wheel racing in the United States was under the banner of a sole sanctioning body as Champ Car and the Indy Racing Leauge had reunified just a month prior.

Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead. Photo: Jim Hines/IndyCar.

The first race after reunification also saw a reversal of fortunes for Scott Dixon, who won the race after losing the 2007 IRL championship in crushing fashion.

In the 2007 season finale at Chicagoland Speedway, Dixon ran out of fuel while leading on the final lap of the race. The race victory – and championship – went to Dixon’s future teammate, Dario Franchitti.

But the tides turned for Dixon nearly seven months later, and the Kiwi was able to win with the help of another driver’s misfortune.

Tony Kanaan was leading with seven laps remaining when E.J. Viso spun and made contact with Kanaan’s car. Kanaan remained on track through the caution period despite suffering obvious damage to his right front suspension.

On the final restart with three laps remaining, Dixon and others cars easily passed Kanaan’s wounded car on the outside. Dixon then maintained his lead through the checkered flag to win at Homestead for the second time in his career.

“I think Marco (Andretti) and T.K. probably had a little bit better cars today, but we came through with the win, and that’s what counts,” Dixon told ESPN after his 12th career victory.

Following his victory at Homestead, Dixon continued to redeem himself through the course of the 2008 season. In May, he won the Indianapolis 500 for the first (and so far only) time. Following Indy, he went on to win four more times in 2008 and won his second series championship.

Also on this date:

1998: Mika Hakkinen won the Grand Prix of Brazil, the first of eight victories in his first championship season.

2010: Will Power won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which was held on a Monday morning because of rain postponing the race on Sunday.

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