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Rosberg happy with second in Mexico, says Hamilton was ‘a bit too fast’

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Nico Rosberg was happy to finish Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix in second place and move to within one victory of his maiden Formula 1 world title.

Rosberg arrived in Mexico with a 26 point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, knowing that two second-place finishes and one third would be enough to win the title.

The German was left chasing Hamilton for much of the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, qualifying second before crossing the line eight seconds behind his teammate in P2.

Rosberg came under heavy pressure from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen midway through the final stint of the race, but was able to keep the Dutchman at bay.

“It’s been a good day,” Rosberg said on the podium after the race.

“Lewis was a bit too fast this weekend, so I just have to accept second place.

“We’ve had some massive battles out there. At the start I got shunted and with Max later on and everything… It’s OK being second.”

Rosberg can now wrap up his first F1 title at the Brazilian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time by winning the race, regardless of what Hamilton does.

Should Rosberg win and Hamilton finish second, the gap at the top of the drivers’ championship would rise to 26 points with just 25 left on offer ahead of the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Even if Hamilton wins the final two races of the year, Rosberg can win the title by finishing at second once and at least third once.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.