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Reality of F1 world title win still sinking in for Nico Rosberg

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A month may have passed since Nico Rosberg’s tense Formula 1 World Championship victory in Abu Dhabi, but the result is still sinking.

Rosberg edged out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by five points in the final drivers’ standings, clinching his maiden F1 world title.

Rosberg announced five days later that he would be retiring from F1 with immediate effect, bowing out while he was on top.

The German has since enjoyed a whirlwind world tour as champion, gracing award ceremonies and a number of TV shows, with his latest appearance coming on UK program A Question of Sport.

Rosberg spoke about his title win during the program, admitting that the reality of the victory over Hamilton is still sinking in.

“Well it’s never going to be easy if Lewis Hamilton is my teammate,” Rosberg said.

“It was always going to be a great battle, he’s a great competitor, very very fast of course. He was a world champion. It’s awesome and unbelievable that it worked out in the end.

“I still catch myself. Last night I couldn’t sleep at one o’clock, and suddenly I went back in my thoughts and I punched the air!

“I still get these small crazy moments where I realize that it’s actually happened.”

Rosberg was also asked about his celebrations on the night of his title success, confirming that he did indeed toast his victory in style.

“I can confirm I am double world champion. I also became party world champion on Sunday night,” Rosberg joked.

“I’m very proud of that, just as much as the other achievement!”

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.