Rosberg Hoping For Double Trouble In F1 Finale
Double-points format could decide 2014 F1 championship.
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
As per Bernie Ecclestone’s script, Mercedes AMG teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will launch their bids for the 2014 Formula One World Driving Championship from the front row in Sunday’s season-ending Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
So, why was Valtteri Bottas fielding so many post-qualifying questions Saturday evening at Yas Marina Circuit? Bottas, of Williams/Mercedes, qualified third on the 20-car grid and depending upon how aggressive – or cautious – Hamilton attacks his teammate flying into Turn 1, Bottas could become a difference-maker in an event paying double points down the bloody line.
“I offered Valtteri … I’m paying (for) a wellness night (for him Saturday) – a spa session, all-inclusive, hoping that he can be in extra special form and do the impossible tomorrow,” Rosberg joked after touring the 3.451-mile/21-turn layout in 1-minute, 40.480-seconds. Hamilton’s hot lap of 1:40.866-seconds was 0.0386-seconds slower than his teammate, who is faced with overcoming a 17-point deficit. Rosberg, who bagged his third consecutive pole, now will have 55 laps to do so.
On cue, the controversial double-points format will pay 50 for a victory and 36 for second, rather than the Read the full story »