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Alex Lynn adds WEC program with G-Drive to busy 2017 duties

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Alex Lynn has added a full-season FIA World Endurance Championship program to his busy 2017 schedule after being announced as G-Drive Racing’s third driver in the LMP2 class.

After winning the GP3 Series title in 2014, Lynn spent two years in GP2 and worked with Williams Formula 1 as its development driver before shifting his focus at the end of last year.

Lynn made three starts for Manor in the WEC in 2016, as well as vying for a full-season Formula E seat with Jaguar. Despite missing out, he did land a reserve role in the all-electric series with DS Virgin Racing.

Lynn also sealed a deal to race at Sebring and Petit Le Mans in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Wayne Taylor Racing, and is set to appear at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours with BMW’s factory team as well.

Lynn told NBC Sports over the Buenos Aires Formula E weekend that he wanted a WEC drive and to appear at Le Mans in 2017, and has now got his wish after being confirmed in a seat with G-Drive.

The British driver will join Roman Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet in the No. 26 ORECA 07 car, completing G-Drive’s line-up for the new season.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Lynn told Sportscar365. “[It’s] a great car, great engineers, great drivers. We’ve got a strong chance at hopefully every race we turn up to.

“I’m very excited. I’ve got so many cool races this year, I feel very lucky, and I’m just super excited. I’m enjoying my racing so much this year, and I just fell really happy to be honest.”

Lynn will make his IMSA debut this weekend in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R alongside Ricky and Jordan Taylor, with the trio being forced out of part of the practice running due to an issue.

Ferrari teammates Vettel and Raikkonen fastest in rainy final practice at Australian GP

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen went one-two in the final practice session ahead of qualifying at the water-logged Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Vettel set a best-lap time of 1 minute, 26.067 seconds, more than 2.4 seconds faster than his teammate in second.

Both Ferrari drivers switched from their intermediate tires to the super-fast, ultra-soft tires for the final few laps of the session, testing conditions on the track after a day-long downpour left it slick and filled with small puddles.

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton did not opt to try out their soft tires, sticking to the intermediates for the entire session. They had the seventh- and eighth-fastest times, after topping the leaderboard in practice in dry conditions on Friday.

The heavy rains subsided by early afternoon, allowing the track to rapidly dry during the third practice session and making conditions safe for drivers to test their soft tires.

Still, only a few drivers completed a timed lap with the softer compounds, with Mercedes, Red Bull and most of the others staying with their intermediates.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson had the third-fastest time of the session on ultrasoft tires, followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on intermediates.

Hamilton remains the favorite to capture his fifth straight pole position at the Australian Grand Prix in qualifying later Saturday. He had the fastest laps on ultrasoft tires in the two practice sessions on Friday, though Verstappen was right behind him.

Verstappen and Vettel both slid on the slick track early in the third practice session, but maintained control and completed their runs without incident.

Verstappen’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, had the sixth-fastest time of the session. The Australian’s chances of winning his fifth career Grand Prix on his home track in Melbourne took a hit late Friday when he was assessed a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race.

The Australian driver was penalized for driving too fast under red-flag conditions during Friday’s second practice session because of debris on the track.