It is unquestionably one of the biggest moves in Formula One’s recent history. After thirteen years with his boyhood team McLaren, Lewis Hamilton decided to leave the nest and join Mercedes for 2013. The German team has won just one race since they returned to the sport in 2010, but following a good display in testing, Hamilton appears to be settling in well with Mercedes as they look to challenge for the win at the Australian Grand Prix.
Hamilton spoke about the move to NBC for the F1 Countdown season preview show, with Leigh Diffey, Steve Matchett and David Hobbs discussing the ins-and-outs of his decision.
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Will Power posted the fastest lap in the third practice session for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.953 mph.
Rookie Robert Wickens (122.552 mph) was second fast, foretelling a continuation of his incredible rookie season.
Scott Dixon (122.237), Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.231) and Alexander Rossi (122.106) rounded out the top five.
The practice was interrupted several times for incidents.
Ed Jones spun off track in turn five after locking up his brakes with 30 minutes remaining in practice three. He was able to drive back to the pits under his own power.
With 20 minutes still on the clock, Jordan King took a trip into the fence after posting a fastest lap of 121.753 mph. He sustained substantial left side damage to his car and came back to the pits on the hook.
“I’m annoyed really,” King said afterward on the live stream at IndyCar.com. “I slightly locked the inside front, then just stayed off onto the grass and that was it. But I wasn’t really even pushing that hard.”
With two minutes remaining, Charlie Kimball lost power and pulled off the track, bringing an end to the practice session.
Dixon also had an off-road excursion.