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Rosberg ‘can live with second’ in Brazil, now one podium away from title

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Nico Rosberg was left content with his second-place finish in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, ensuring that a top-three finish in the season finale in Abu Dhabi will be enough to clinch a maiden Formula 1 championship.

Rosberg arrived in Brazil capable of securing the drivers’ title with one race to spare, needing victory at Interlagos to pull out an unassailable lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton managed to dominate a wet and wild race at Interlagos, while Rosberg was somewhat fortunate to finish second, having only recovered the place when Max Verstappen’s Red Bull team made a dud strategy call.

“It didn’t go my way today with the win. Lewis just did a great job,” Rosberg said.

“But for sure, it was very difficult conditions out there. I can live with second today for sure.”

Rosberg almost crashed out at one point, losing control at the final sector where the track was at its wettest, but survived the scare.

“That is true, yes, but it worked out fine to stay on track,” Rosberg said when asked if he nearly put his car in the wall.”

A big focus during the race lay on the stewards’ decision to issue a red flag twice and complete a number of laps behind the safety car, but Rosberg was pleased with the calls.

“It was on the limit but in the end yes they got it right,” the German said.

“They did a good job judging it. But it was quite a fine line out there.”

Rosberg heads to Abu Dhabi with a 12-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship, meaning that a podium finish will be enough to secure the title for 2016.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place on November 27.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.