SINGAPORE — Nico Rosberg led from pole to flag to win the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday and celebrate his 200th Formula One race by retaking the championship lead from Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
After a chaotic start that brought out a safety car on the opening lap, Rosberg stayed clear of a late charging Daniel Ricciardo in a Red Bull at the Marina Bay Street Circuit as Hamilton completed the podium in third place.
The result lifts Rosberg on to 273 points with six rounds remaining, eight clear of Hamilton with Ricciardo a distant third in the title race.
In other developments Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone warned he could walk away from the sport he’s turned into a global phenomenon if he doesn’t get his way under new owners Liberty Media.
In a Sky Sports interview aired yesterday, Ecclestone, 85, was characteristically blunt when quizzed on whether he could quit the sport under the new American regime.
“Thank God at the moment I don’t quite need the money, I don’t need a job and if by chance things aren’t going the way I think would be the right way then I will disappear for sure,” he said.
Under the new deal, which values Formula One at US$8 billion (RM33 billion), Ecclestone remains as chief executive but is joined by Chase Carey, the mustachioed vice chairman of 21st Century Fox.
“They’ve asked me to stay on in my position, Chase is going to be chairman. I’ve no idea what his ideas are. So we’ll see,” Ecclestone said.
Asked whether he might find it tough to work with Carey, Ecclestone said: “There is going to be no problem with Chase.
“He has got expertise I haven’t. We need to be in America, he knows America, he knows television and he can help us a lot. So I’m sure that is what is going to happen.” — AFP