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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!”

Reviewing Danica Patrick’s highs and lows at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.

It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.

In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.

“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.

Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.

For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.