Kvyat set for COTA debut after gaining superlicence

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Daniil Kvyat will drive an F1 car in an official session for the first time on Friday during practice for the United States Grand Prix after gaining his superlicence.

The Russian driver, who will race for Toro Rosso in 2014, completed a test at the Misano circuit in Italy on Friday at the wheel of the car the team used during the 2011 season.

Kvyat covered 102 laps of the track giving him over 250 miles of continuous running in an F1 car, meaning he qualifies for an F1 superlicence.

The 19-year-old will drive Jean-Eric Vergne’s car during the first practice session at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Friday. He will also have a run during practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Daniel Ricciardo’s machine.

Kvyat will be the second Russian driver to participate in an official F1 session when he takes to the track on Friday, the first being Vitaly Petrov who lost his seat at the end of last season. He claimed the GP3 feeder series championship during the Abu Dhabi race weekend with his third race victory of the season.

Caterham have also confirmed American driver Alexander Rossi will drive in the first practice session in Texas.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).