Glass half-full for Rosberg despite seeing championship lead slashed

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Nico Rosberg is choosing to look on the bright side despite seeing his lead in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship fall to just a single point in the last five races.

Following the Spanish Grand Prix in May, Rosberg enjoyed a 43-point advantage over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after taking victories in Australia, Bahrain, China and Russia.

However, Hamilton has since rallied since, winning four of the last five races to whittle Rosberg’s lead down to one point ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Although his advantage has been slashed dramatically, Rosberg remains upbeat given that he still leads the championship after 10 races.

“The glass half-full version is that over 10 races I have scored more points,” Rosberg said after the British Grand Prix.

“I can live with that. But I don’t want to speak about points; I don’t focus or think on that.

“I’ve put [Silverstone] behind me. Lewis did a better job all weekend, and I’m already over it.”

Rosberg denied that he has changed his driving style or is doing anything different, instead attributing the points swing to his rivals’ improved luck.

“I benefitted from the others having a very, very messy start, my direct competitors,” Rosberg said.

“That’s changed.”

Hamilton endured a difficult start to the year, with a first-lap clash in Bahrain and engine issues in China and Russia giving Rosberg breathing room at the front of the field.

Although the Briton has since fought back, he is set to start from the back of the grid at least twice more this season thanks to engine penalties that are looming.

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”