Image: Will Power in action
Welcome to today’s roundup of the weekend’s motorsport, a look at all that happened in the world of racing over the weekend.
Crossing the finish line in tears, Aussie racer Will Power claimed his first IndyCar championship win of his career. Despite finishing in ninth position, a drive through penalty to his closest rival Helio Castroneves gave him the title.
“That was one of the hardest races ever. Oh my God. I was crying over the line,” Power told the Australian associated press, “I’m so mentally exhausted now. My hands are numb from holding on to the wheel so tight. I want to be a lot more excited but I’m so drained right now. I can’t believe I’ve won it.”
Power came close to win the title twice before in 2010 and 2012, but crashes in the final races left him a heartbroken runner up. The 33 year old driver finally claimed victory this past weekend at the Auto Club Fontana super-speedway.
Last night @12willpower checked "win an @IndyCar championship" off his To Do list. Is an #Indy500 win in his future? pic.twitter.com/Cv3UWJBD5p — Indy Motor Speedway (@IMS) August 31, 2014
Massive congrats to @12WillPower on the Indy Title. The guy has worked his ring off for years, and never had anything handed to him..#proud — Mark Webber (@AussieGrit) August 31, 2014
Marc Marquez won at Silverstone this past weekend, taking his tally to eleven wins out of twelve. He becomes the first rider to win eleven races in a season since Valentino Rossi in 2005. Rossi finished third in the race, with Jorge Lorenzo coming in second. Lorenzo had the lead with nine laps remaining, before Marquez overtook him for the victory.
Victory! pic.twitter.com/uHD7kzjSgC — Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) August 31, 2014
Fine margins - Marquez and Lorenzo battling for the lead at Silverstone #BattleOfBritain ©Copyright Peter Callister pic.twitter.com/nbOBToMStT — MotoGP™ (@MotoGP) August 31, 2014
Mercedes have announced that they will be taking disciplinary action against Nico Rosberg, following his admittance of hitting Hamilton on purpose to “prove a point”. Exact details of what the disciplinary will entail have not been released. Rosberg has admitted that he clipped Hamilton’s tire to show that he won’t back down from tyre to tyre racing his team mate. This followed similar incidents in Bahrain and Hungary where Rosberg was forced to back off when trying to overtake Hamilton. Mercedes are keen to draw a line under the incident and released a statement this past weekend.
“Mercedes-Benz remains committed to hard, fair racing because this is the right way to win world championships. It is good for the team, for the fans and for Formula 1. Lewis and Nico understand and accept the team’s number one rule: there must be no contact between the team’s cars on track. They remain free to race for the 2014 FIA Formula 1 world championship.”
In a separate statement on his facebook page, Rosberg apologised to Hamilton. “The number one rule for us as team-mates is that we must not collide but that is exactly what happened. For that error of judgement, I apologise to Lewis and the team. I also want to say sorry to the fans who were deprived of our battle for the lead in Belgium.”
The news that Rosberg and Hamilton will be allowed to race against each other for the remainder of the season will be greeted warmly by F1 fans. There were fears that the latest incident would bring tighter team orders, spoiling what could be a close and exciting finish to the season between two highly competitive drivers.
The people have spoken! 92% of you favour free racing, 8% team orders. Now, Let’s take it one step further... #F1 pic.twitter.com/xRdPgBDROA — MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) August 28, 2014
Max Verstappen, hot from becoming the youngest ever F1 driver this weekend, made an embarrassing mistake this past weekend when he crashed his Toro Rosso test car into a wall. Spinning the car in front of the crowd in Rotterdam, the 16 year old driver collided with a barrier, wedging his car underneath the wall. Toro Rosso will be hoping he shows a lot more control when he lines up on the grid at the start of the 2015 F1 season.
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