Vettel fastest in wet final practice for British GP

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Sebastian Vettel has finished quickest in final practice for the British Grand Prix as wet weather limited running on Saturday morning at Silverstone.

After two dry practice sessions on Friday, the teams undertook their first wet weather running since Monaco today with rain falling since 8pm last night. The track did begin to dry out at one point, but conditions soon worsened again, meaning that drivers had to use the intermediate and wet tires throughout the session.

Vettel was able to finish fastest with a lap of 1:52.522 – almost 20 seconds off the dry weather time – ahead of Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo. Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean put in a good display for Lotus in third and fourth place, finishing ahead of Adrian Sutil and Daniil Kvyat.

The wet track did catch out a number of drivers, with the most notable being Jules Bianchi. The Frenchman ran straight on at the end of the Hangar Straight, with his Marussia coming to rest in the wall. He walked away unharmed, and the damage to the front of the car did not look too severe.

Grosjean had a very risky moment on the start/finish straight, spinning his Lotus and narrowly missing the wall. Nico Hulkenberg, Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez also had moments.

The all-dominant Mercedes drivers opted not to post a time during the session. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg completed just nine laps in total, and they will keep their cards close to their chest until qualifying this afternoon.

With little to go by during FP3, it is hard to make any assumptions about qualifying should it rain. The only way to find out who really is number one in the wet will be to join us at 8am ET on CNBC, Live Extra and online by clicking here.

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.