Rosberg ‘not focused on points’ despite retaking lead with Singapore win

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Nico Rosberg insists that he is not thinking about the points gap to Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton despite retaking the lead of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship in Singapore on Sunday.

Rosberg saw off a late charge from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo to claim his third straight victory by less than half a second, celebrating his 200th grand prix weekend in style.

The result saw Rosberg move back into the lead of the F1 drivers’ championship for the first time since losing it at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, as Hamilton finished the race in third place.

“It’s been an awesome weekend here in Singapore for me,” Rosberg said on the podium.

“Already yesterday with the pole lap. Then today I had a great start, had a good car in the race. Daniel tried to pull one up on me with the pit stop at the end.

“We knew it was going to be tight at the end, but it worked out, so really really happy.”

Mercedes nearly brought Rosberg in one lap after Ricciardo to react to his stop, but the German revealed: “We couldn’t come in because I had traffic.

“I was very slow on that lap and he would have beaten me. It was a cool ending.

“The whole car was on the edge, it always is here in Singapore, so it’s all the more satisfying with a race like that.”

Rosberg now leads the drivers’ championship by eight points with six races remaining, but he is refusing to think about winning his maiden F1 title just yet.

“No I’m not focused on points. I always say I’m just happy with the win today,” Rosberg said.

“Thank you very much everybody for coming today. You’ve been awesome today.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold