Sutil leads early on Silverstone Friday test

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The early leader in the third day of the young driver test in Silverstone is, like yesterday, not a “young driver” but instead one of the current 22 on the Formula One grid: Force India’s Adrian Sutil. The German has turned in a best lap of 1:33.421 thus far.

Three other race drivers had time in the morning session with Felipe Massa turning laps for Ferrari, Jean-Eric Vergne for Toro Rosso and Giedo van der Garde in the Caterham.

Carlos Sainz Jr. led the young driver contingent as could be expected given he’s in a Red Bull. Nicolas Prost is back for Lotus on the day Kimi Raikkonen had been planned to drive.

Four other testers posting laps this morning included Kimiya Sato (Sauber), Susie Wolff (Williams), Gary Paffett (McLaren) and Rodolfo Gonzalez (Marussia).

Wolff, notably, is the first female tester in F1 since Maria de Villota last year for Marussia. De Villota’s straight line tests, unfortunately, ended with an accident that produced serious head and facial injuries.

A female driver last attempted to qualify for a Grand Prix in 1992. Giovanna Amati made three attempts for Brabham that year but did not qualify.

More to follow later this afternoon.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool
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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool