IndyCar testing with full field Wednesday at Sonoma

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In preparation for Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (4 p.m. EST, NBCSN), the full field of 25 IZOD IndyCar Series cars are in action Wednesday to test at Sonoma Raceway.

3:00 P.M. EST: The two-hour morning session is over. James Hinchcliffe of Andretti Autosport was first into the 1:18s as the track heats up from earlier this morning. Times are as follows:

1. James Hinchcliffe, 1:18.9329, 8 Laps
2. Will Power, 1:19.0195, 14
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 1:19.0765, 11
4. Sebastien Bourdais, 1:19.1274, 7
5. Dario Franchitti, 1:19.1686, 13
6. Marco Andretti, 1:19.2176, 9
7. Helio Castroneves, 1:19.2274, 12
8. Scott Dixon, 1:19.3863, 11
9. Ryan Briscoe, 1:19.3941, 9
10. Justin Wilson, 1:19.5694, 20
11. James Jakes, 1:19.6803, 6
12. E.J. Viso, 1:19.8605, 6
13. Tony Kanaan, 1:19.8766, 11
14. Josef Newgarden, 1:20.2070, 12
15. Simon Pagenaud, 1:20.2103, 21
16. Lucas Luhr, 1:20.2262, 21
17. Tristan Vautier, 1:20.2717, 12
18. JR Hildebrand, 1:20.3484, 15
19. Simona de Silvestro, 1:20.3937, 16
20. Graham Rahal, 1:20.4018, 22
21. James Davison, 1:21.4025, 12
22. Sebastian Saavedra, 1:43.6028, 1
23. Charlie Kimball, No Time
24. Takuma Sato, No Time
25. Ed Carpenter, No Time

2:00 P.M. EST: A handful of teams got action in last week for a team and manufacturer test. The only driver change since that point is in Dale Coyne’s second car, with Japanese rookie Ryo Hirakawa unable to gather a budget to make his debut, and James Davison returning for his second start in a row.

Past 2 p.m. EST and 11 a.m. PST, four drivers have set representative laps around the 1.99-mile circuit. Simon Pagenaud has the quickest time of 1:20.3785, with Graham Rahal (1:20.6134), Lucas Luhr (1:21.4394), and Davison (1:22.1487). Sebastian Saavedra has turned an installation lap.

Live timing is available throughout the day at racecontrol.indycar.com.

Toro Rosso boss hopes to see Kvyat return to Formula 1

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Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost hopes to see sacked driver Daniil Kvyat return to Formula 1 in the near future, saying the Russian “deserves” a place on the grid.

Toro Rosso dropped Kvyat twice through the 2017 season due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming after the United States Grand Prix in October.

Kvyat is no longer part of Red Bull’s motorsport program and is exploring options both inside and outside of F1 for 2018, and Tost feels he could be energized by some time away before returning.

“I am still convinced that Daniil has a very high natural speed. He was sometimes even faster than Daniel Riccardo, but somehow last year and this year he couldn’t show the potential that is within him,” Tost told the official F1 website.

“He was involved in many incidents, but in his defence I also have to say that he had many reliability issues and that didn’t help build up confidence. Being the victim of too many incidents killed the performance he would have been able to show.

“Maybe a short break – to get organized again – and probably we will see Daniil back at his usual performance level with another team.

“Sometimes he was too aggressive at the beginning of the race. The first corner was his weak point. He wanted too much in the first hundred meters – success by any means!

“That puts you under pressure – unnecessary pressure – and that never works.

“I hope for him that he gets another chance, as I think he deserves to be in F1.”