A quiet day in Jerez for world champs Red Bull

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Reigning Formula One World Champions Red Bull couldn’t avoid the equipment issues that were prevalent during today’s opening day of testing at Jerez, with Sebastian Vettel only able to run three laps in the closing moments.

According to the team, a gearbox issue on their brand-new, Renault-powered RB10 set back their admittedly limited plans for the day. As rain emerged for the final half-hour of testing, Vettel was finally able to get out for an installation lap before turning a couple more on the Pirelli intermediate tires.

“It was difficult to get an impression of what the new car is like,” Vettel told reporters at Jerez, per CNN. “We weren’t quite ready this morning and things took a little bit longer than expected. It was impossible to get a feeling for it today.”

Meanwhile, as the teams trudged through a slow day in Spain, Red Bull designer Adrian Newey – a major part of the team’s four-year reign atop F1 – fretted over the 2014 cars’ radical new nose designs.

In addition to noting their controversial looks, Newey was worried they could pose a safety issue even though they were lowered for 2014 in a bid to reduce scenarios such as a car going airborne in a rear-impact incident.

“I am concerned the opposite may happen and if you hit the back of a car square on, you go underneath and have a rear crash structure in your face,” he said to reporters according to the BBC’s Andrew Benson.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race