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.”

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.