Rosberg had ‘special feeling’ with car en route to European GP victory

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Nico Rosberg has spoken of the “special feeling” he had during Sunday’s European Grand Prix, enjoying such confidence in the Mercedes W07 Hybrid car that he could make no mistakes en route to victory.

Rosberg scored his second career ‘grand slam’ in Baku, scoring pole position, the fastest lap and the race win while leading the entirety of the race.

The result saw Rosberg extend his drivers’ championship lead back to 24 points as teammate Lewis Hamilton could only finish fifth.

“It’s been a great and awesome weekend, really, yeah,” Rosberg said.

“Everything went cleanly from the beginning to the end. And even in the race, it was a special feeling out there in the car because it felt like I could do whatever I wanted the thing would just stick to the line, stick to the ground, there was no risk of making mistakes or anything.

“It felt really, really special and I’m very, very happy. It’s been an awesome result, first time here, I think it’s been a big success.

“The track is exciting, definitely, and a lot of overtaking also today I hear – I think, I’m not sure but I think so – so all in all good.”

Hamilton’s race was hindered by an issue with his engine setting that left him down on power, and while Rosberg encountered a similar problem, he was able to resolve it quickly.

“I think I had the same but I’m not sure,” Rosberg said.

“It was just a matter of getting out of it with the right combination of switches.”

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.