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Rosbergs join the Hills in two-generation World Champ club

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The Formula 1 World Championship-winning club is an exclusive one, with only 33 drivers in the sport’s history having ever won one from 1950 through now in 2016.

But an even more exclusive club is the list of fathers and sons who have both won a World Championship.

Until Sunday, the list was Graham and Damon Hill. Graham won his first in 1962 and added a second in 1968, while Damon broke through in what turned out to be his fourth and final season with Williams in 1996.

Now, Nico Rosberg has matched Keke Rosberg’s title as well. Keke won his in 1982… with Williams… while Nico won his first on Sunday for Mercedes in 2016. Keke Rosberg is also the first father alive to see his son claim a World Championship.

The first post Nico Rosberg made on Twitter after winning his title was a film thanking his parents, which you can see below.

The elder Rosberg, meanwhile, broke a self-imposed, near seven-year media silence Sunday in Abu Dhabi once he arrived at the circuit. The 67-year-old Finn had tried to maintain a lower profile in the interim, thus allowing Nico’s career to speak for itself.

Rosberg, who only won one race in the turbulent 1982 season en route to his first and only championship, hailed what his son did as the greater career accomplishment.

“My wins don’t count anymore. They are such a long time ago, I could have been a dentist,” Keke Rosberg joked, via The Guardian.

“For me, it is all about Nico and his performance and his success now. It is a family sport and he knows what it means to me and what it means to him.”

He added that he thinks that given the weight is off his shoulders, Nico could be even better next year.

“I don’t know if the dynamic changes, but a happy man performs better than an unhappy man,” Keke explained.

“He is going to raise the game a little bit next year like everybody does when they win the championship. Jenson [Button] did it. I did it. And that probably will happen. It goes with the game.”

How Rosberg responds in 2017 will be the measure of whether he becomes a multiple-time champion in the sport – of which there are only 16 – or is happy and content with just the one to match his dad.

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.