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.”

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.