Full schedule for the Month of May at Indianapolis

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A “mega” month of May is about to begin at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Verizon IndyCar Series readies itself for two events at the Racing Capitol of the World.

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis will take over the IMS road course from May 8-10, while preparations for the 98th Indianapolis 500 begin the day after on May 11.

If you intend to follow everything at the Speedway, be sure to bookmark and save this post so you’ll know what to expect each day.

Keep in mind that ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN and subject to change.

10 a.m-5:30 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series & Mazda Road to Indy Practice
10 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
11 a.m.-11:45 a.m., USF2000 Practice
Noon-12:45 p.m., Pro Mazda Practice
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Indy Lights Practice
2 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
3 p.m.-3:30 p.m., USF2000 Practice
3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Pro Mazda Practice
4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Indy Lights Practice
5:30 p.m., Celebration of Automobiles Track Laps Begin

10 a.m.-10:45, Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
11 a.m.-11:45 a.m., USF2000 Qualifying
Noon-12:45 p.m., Pro Mazda Qualifying
1 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Indy Lights Qualifying
2:00 p.m.-3:10 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying
3:30 p.m.-4:10 p.m., USF2000 Race #1
4:30 p.m.-5:10 p.m., Pro Mazda Race #1
5:30 p.m.-6:10 p.m., Indy Lights Race #1

7 a.m.-4 p.m., Celebration of Automobiles
11:00 a.m.-11:50, USF2000 Race #2
12:10 p.m.-1 p.m., Pro Mazda Race #2
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Indy Lights Race #2
3:50 p.m., Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Begins

Sunday, May 11-Thursday, May 15 – INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE
Noon-6 p.m.

Noon-6 p.m.

8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Practice
8:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Practice
9 a.m.-10 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series (All) Practice
11:00 a.m.-5:50 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying

8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
10:15 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Qualifying Begins (Positions 10 – 30)
12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Qualifying Begins (Positions 31 – 33)
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Fast Nine Qualifying

Noon-5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20 – NO TRACK ACTIVITY

Wednesday, May 21 – COMMUNITY DAY (No Track Activity)

9:00 a.m.-Noon, Indy Lights Practice
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Indy Lights Qualifying

Friday, May 23 – INDIANAPOLIS 500 CARB DAY
11:00 a.m.-Noon, Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Begins (Coverage on NBCSN)
12:30 p.m.-1:20 p.m., Indy Lights Race Begins
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Pit Stop Competition Begins

Saturday, May 24 – LEGENDS DAY HONORING MARIO ANDRETTI (No Track Activity)
10:30 a.m., Public Drivers Meeting, Tower Terrace

Sunday, May 25 – 98th INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE DAY
5:30 a.m., Public Gates Open
11:33 a.m., Driver Introductions
Noon, Start of 98th Indianapolis 500 (200 laps)

Di Resta to make shock F1 return in Hungary, replacing unwell Massa

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Paul di Resta will make a shock return to Formula 1 race action this weekend in Hungary, replacing Felipe Massa at Williams after the Brazilian was taken unwell.

Massa first showed signs of illness on Friday, visiting the local hospital in Budapest as a precaution before being given the go-ahead to take part in practice on Saturday morning.

Massa completed just 12 laps before coming into the garage and stopping, with doctors then reviewing him a second time and ruling him out.

This means di Resta, who has not started an F1 race in over three years and has never driven Williams’ 2017 car, will make a surprise return in qualifying and the race.

“After feeling unwell during practice in Budapest on Friday and Saturday, Felipe Massa will not drive for the remainder of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend,” a statement from Williams reads.

“Felipe visited the medical centre and the MH EK Honvedkorhaz hospital for precautionary tests on Friday, after feeling unwell and dizzy during FP2.

“He was cleared to take part in Saturday’s practice session by the FIA medical delegate, but he felt unwell again during FP3 and has made the decision to withdraw from the weekend.

“Williams supports Felipe’s decision and the team will work with him to ensure he makes a full recovery, with a view to return to the race track for the Belgian Grand Prix.

“Following this decision, the team’s Reserve Driver Paul di Resta will drive alongside Lance Stroll for the remainder of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.”

More to follow.

Vasseur: ‘Good choice’ for Sauber to extend Ferrari F1 partnership

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Sauber Formula 1 chief Frederic Vasseur has explained the decision to cancel a planned technical partnership with Honda for 2018 and extend its long-running agreement with Ferrari.

Sauber has enjoyed an engine supply from Ferrari since 2010, but announced in April that it would be linking up with Honda for 2018 as part of an extensive technical partnership.

The deal hit the rocks following the departure of long-standing CEO and team boss Monisha Kaltenborn, with Sauber’s owners uneasy about teaming up with Honda given its public F1 struggles.

Ex-Renault F1 chief Vasseur was brought in to replace Kaltenborn, and moved to cancel the deal with Honda and secure a new agreement with Ferrari, as announced on Friday.

“Sauber and Honda signed a memorandum of understanding a couple of weeks ago but things move forward quite fast in our world,” Vasseur said.

“I think that the situation was a bit unclear also regarding the collaboration between McLaren and Honda and on our side the engine supplier had to find a solution for the gearbox. We had a deal with McLaren and the situation was a bit more complicated.

“On the other end, the collaboration with Ferrari is based on a long-term relationship and we had the opportunity to discuss with Ferrari to get the new-spec engine and I think it was a good choice and we found a mutual agreement with Honda to stop the collaboration.”

Vasseur believes the decision will help Sauber’s long-term growth, with the team currently lagging behind at the rear of the field following a period of uncertainty.

“The short term, that will be difficult to achieve something. It’s a long-term project for sure,” Vasseur said.

“But I think the basics are there. The facility is impressive compared to the other teams. I think we are in a good move. The wind tunnel is a good one and the team, I think that Sauber is still in F1 an iconic name and there is a real team spirit, quite comparable to the team spirit I had last year at Enstone.

“Everybody is really dedicated, pushy, and now that the financial structure is stabilized I think we can have some hope for the future.”

Vettel quickest as Ferrari pulls clear in final Hungary F1 practice

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Sebastian Vettel headed up a Ferrari one-two in final Formula 1 practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday morning, the Italian marque pulling clear of rivals Red Bull and Mercedes at the Hungaroring.

After seeing Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo lead both of Friday’s practice sessions, Vettel was able to vault to the front of the pack with an unofficial lap record, laying down an ominous pace heading into qualifying.

Vettel posted a fastest lap time of 1:17.017 to finish almost half a second clear of the pack, leading home Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen at the head of the timesheets.

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton tried in vain to try and match Ferrari’s headline pace, lagging to third and fifth respectively.

While Bottas was able to finish nine-tenths of a second off Vettel’s time, Hamilton was 1.4 seconds back, the pair being split by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Friday pace-setter Ricciardo had a session to forget as he suffered a gearbox issue, forcing him to park up at the side of the track with just seven laps on the board, his time nevertheless good enough for P8.

Stoffel Vandoorne continued McLaren’s good weekend by finishing sixth-fastest, with teammate Fernando Alonso ninth overall. Renault also got both of its cars into the top 10 as Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer finished seventh and 10th respectively.

Felipe Massa was forced to halt his running halfway through the session after being taken unwell again, putting his participation in the remainder of the race weekend in doubt.

Williams has Paul di Resta on standby as its reserve driver should Massa be declared unfit.

Massa cleared for Hungary FP3 despite Friday hospital visit

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Felipe Massa received late clearance to take part in Saturday’s final Formula 1 practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix after a visit to hospital on Friday.

Massa was taken to the local hospital in Budapest following second practice at the Hungaroring after feeling unwell, putting his participation in the rest of the weekend for Williams in doubt.

The Brazilian was ultimately cleared by the FIA medical delegate, allowing him to take part in FP3 on Saturday morning, but he will be subject to another check-up ahead of qualifying.