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Rossi leads Andretti Autosport 1-2 in third practice at Mid-Ohio

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Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi topped third practice for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (3:00 p.m. ET, CNBC). Rossi’s best lap of 1:04.2303 was just under one tenth of a second quicker than teammate Takuma Sato, who turned his best lap at 1:04.3272 to make it an Andretti Autosport 1-2 in the third practice session.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan ended up third and fourth, making it four Hondas in the top four spots on the board. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was the fastest Chevrolet in fifth.

The lap times continue to be incredibly close, with 19 cars separated by less than one second.

The session did see two red flags. The first was for a minor incident in which Team Penske’s Will Power ran out of fuel and stopped on course ahead of turn 11.

The second actually came near the end of the session and brought it to a close. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Mikhail Aleshin spun in turn 11 and, after doing a couple of pirouettes, made contact with the tire barriers. He exited the car unhurt, but the team will need to make repairs to the back of the car.

Times are below. Qualifying begins at 2:00 p.m. ET and airs live on NBCSN.

Hartley’s F1 grid penalty streak continues in Abu Dhabi

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Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.

Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.

After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.

Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.

The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.