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Vettel paces second Bahrain F1 practice, loses running to car issue


Sebastian Vettel set the pace once again for Ferrari in the second Formula 1 practice running for the Bahrain Grand Prix, but lost track time after a complete shutdown on his SF70H car midway through the session on Friday evening.

Vettel topped the timesheets for Ferrari in FP1 ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, and continued to set a rapid pace in FP2, turning in a best lap of 1:31.310 during the 90-minute session.

Vettel headed up a close-knit group at the top of the timesheets, with less than three-tenths of a second covering the Ferrari driver, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton in fifth place.

Hamilton was left frustrated by traffic on his super-soft qualifying simulations, with the stewards set to investigate an incident involving Nico Hulkenberg that sent the Briton off-track.

Just as Vettel began to prepare for his long runs in the second half of the session, the German suffered a loss of power coming out of Turn 13, causing him to slow. Despite his best efforts to reset the car, Vettel required a push from the marshals to get back to the pits, costing him track time.

Ferrari was able to resolve the issue with relative ease, with Vettel staying in his car the entire time as it was fixed, losing around 10 minutes of running in total.

Behind the top five, Nico Hulkenberg put in an impressive display for Renault to finish sixth, with Williams’ Felipe Massa following in P7 ahead of Max Verstappen, who suffered damage after hitting debris that limited his FP2 running.

Haas driver Romain Grosjean wound up ninth ahead of Daniil Kvyat, who rounded out the top 10 for Toro Rosso.

Vettel was not the only driver to hit trouble, with Carlos Sainz Jr. also suffering a stoppage on-track that brought his session to an end with just five laps on the board.

Following his engine problem in FP1, Stoffel Vandoorne was forced to miss the first half of the session, but eventually emerged to complete some much-needed running for the ailing McLaren team.

Pippa Mann returns to Dale Coyne Racing for seventh Indianapolis 500 bid

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Pippa Mann announced Tuesday that she plans to drive in her seventh Indianapolis 500 on May 27.

The native of Ipswich, England will once again return to race for Dale Coyne Racing, with new sponsorship by Donate Life Indiana.

She had previously been sponsored the last four years in the 500 by the Susan G. Komen organization. She’ll continue to carry logos of that organization on the front wing of her car in the 500, Mann said.

Mann, 34, has raced six times in the 500, with a best finish being 17th in last year’s race.

Mann will fill out the four-car Dale Coyne Racing field for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing. She’ll be teammates with Sebastien Bourdais (No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda in a partnership with Vasser-Sullivan), Pietro Fittipaldi (No. 19 The Paysafe Car Honda) and Conor Daly (No. 17 U.S. Air Force Honda in a partnership with Thom Burns Racing).

Mann will make her first practice laps for this year’s 500 on Tuesday, May 15. Qualifying is May 19-20.

Mann’s No. 63 Honda will have a significantly different look than in the last few years. Instead of pink, her car will feature a silvery blue and light green paint scheme wrapped around a Donate Life Indiana logo.

“I am honored to have been asked to drive the Donate Life car this May and to partner with Donate Life Indiana as an ambassador to raise awareness on our mission to help reach even more Hoosiers through our education efforts,” Mann said in a media release. “This is obviously a campaign with a pretty deep personal meaning for me, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to join the racers carrying this cause forward.

“I also want to thank Dale and Gail Coyne for once again giving me this opportunity to pilot one of their entries this May. This will be my sixth year with Dale Coyne Racing and I’m truly grateful that they allow me to do this every year.”

Mann will also serve as a spokesperson for the organization and to raise awareness for youth education initiatives in Indiana, most notably organ, tissue and eye donor registration.

In addition to her driving duties in the 102nd running of the 500, Mann will also visit schools across the Hoosier State to speak about the importance of organ donation and transplantation.

“Our education team is committed to partnering with Pippa and students and teachers across the state to bring the message of organ donation and transplantation to as many students as possible,” said Steve Johnson, board chairman for Donate Life Indiana.

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