Nico Rosberg made no secret of his disappointment after being sidelined by an issue during second practice for the British Grand Prix on Friday afternoon.
Rosberg arrived at Silverstone leading the Formula 1 drivers’ championship, but with Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton just 11 points behind, the German knows his advantage is far from secure.
Rosberg finished first practice just three-hundredths of a second shy of Hamilton at the top of the timesheets, but was unable to complete a lap in FP2 due to an issue on his W07 Hybrid car.
“I had a good morning session. It looks like we are quickest out there and that it will be a good battle between me and Lewis,” Rosberg said.
“It’s a shame that I wasn’t able to have a run in the afternoon, but I’m sure we can fix the problems by tomorrow morning.
“I will see what Lewis learned today and try to adapt this for tomorrow and Sunday.”
Team technical boss Paddy Lowe said that Mercedes was wary of sending Rosberg out and losing one of his engines, with teams being limited to just five in a season.
“It became clear shortly before FP2 began that there was a water leak on Nico’s car,” Lowe explained.
“We were optimistic of a quick fix initially but, after further checks, we opted against running the risk of losing an engine from the pool.
“We will be looking into that overnight to understand what happened and our apologies to Nico for losing him some important running time this afternoon.”
ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).
“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.
“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”
For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.
“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.
“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”
Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.
“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.