Rosberg still optimistic after being nipped for Brazilian GP pole

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Nico Rosberg can win his first Formula 1 World Championship on Sunday but to do so, he’ll likely need to get a jump on Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Lewis Hamilton into the first turn of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

If Hamilton can run away from the start, there’s a good chance it could well be game over for the race.

Nonetheless, Rosberg needs only to follow Hamilton home the last two races in second place for both to secure the title.

The German remains optimistic for Sunday despite Hamilton edging him for the pole on Saturday. Hamilton improved his time to a 1:10.736 to Rosberg’s 1:10.838, just a tenth off, in their final laps.

“It was an exciting qualifying for sure. Lewis was marginally quicker at the end,” Rosberg said during the post-qualifying press conference.

“My lap was good but was not quick enough, missing that little bit out there.

“As we’ve seen, pole isn’t always the guy that wins the race so I’m still optimistic for tomorrow. I want to try to win the race tomorrow.”

A win tomorrow ensures Rosberg would be crowned World Champion, thus joining his father Keke in that most exclusive of F1 driver clubs, and adding the Rosberg family to the Hills – Graham and Damon – as the only father/son combination to both win a World Championship.

Of Rosberg’s nine victories this year, only three have come when Hamilton took pole. Those occurred in Australia, Bahrain and Italy, and Hamilton’s poor starts or collisions in all three opened the door for Rosberg to take advantage.

Rosberg is also bullish on his chances regardless of weather tomorrow, with rain possible.

“I don’t think of anything in terms of much to lose. I look forward to tomorrow’s race. We have a great car in either condition,” he said.

Rosberg has won the last two Brazilian Grands Prix. With a third straight Brazilian Grand Prix triumph on Sunday, Rosberg would become a 10-time race winner this year and achieve that elusive first career title.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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