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Vettel paces third practice at Canadian Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel made it three different leaders in as many practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix, with the Scuderia Ferrari driver posting a best time of 1:12.572 on Pirelli’s ultrasoft compounds in the 60-minute third practice session. Live qualifying comes later today, 1 p.m. ET, on CNBC.

The Ferrari driver follows teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who led second practice, and Mercedes AMG Petronas’ Lewis Hamilton, who led opening practice.

Vettel and Raikkonen both dipped into the 1:12 bracket with about 20 minutes to go in the session, at 1:12.704 and 1:12.864, respectively, before Vettel went even quicker by a tenth and a half to his ultimate pacesetting time.

The Mercedes pair were initially out on the supersoft tires before making their runs on ultrasofts, but coming up short of the Ferrari duo, who locked out the front row in Monaco. Hamilton made it to third, a 1:12.926, in his run on ultrasofts, not quite four tenths of a second behind (0.354 of a second)

Max Verstappen got within 0.393 of a second in fourth for Red Bull, with Valtteri Bottas in fifth in the second Mercedes.

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Felipe Massa (Williams), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Esteban Ocon (Force India) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) completed the top 10.

After a heavy day of spins on Friday there was little to be said in terms of off-course excursions this session, although Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) both had a couple moments from which they escaped without damage.

Again, qualifying for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix takes place at 1 p.m. ET on CNBC.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.



Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool