Hamilton astonished by Mercedes pace after China win

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Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his delight after winning today’s Chinese Grand Prix with a peerless lights-to-flag victory that marked his third straight win.

The British driver led every lap of the race after starting from pole position, and ultimately finished over 18 seconds ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. This hat-trick of wins is the first in Hamilton’s Formula 1 career, and he made no secret of his happiness on the podium after the race.

“I really couldn’t do all this without the hard work of the team, I mean it’s incredible,” Hamilton said. “Honestly I can’t believe how amazing the car is, and how hard everyone has worked.

“The results we’re getting is a real true showing of all the hard work we’ve done.”

However, Hamilton has not had it all his own way this weekend. After free practice two on Friday, his team had to make a number of changes to the car after he felt uncomfortable driving it, but it soon came together as he dominated proceedings today.

“Surprisingly, after P2 I had to make a lot of changes in anticipation for today even though yesterday was wet,” he said. “It worked perfectly and I was able to look after the tires, and after that it was just really racing myself.I did lose a lot of time after the first stop, but it was great.”

With Rosberg in second, the result marks Mercedes’ third straight one-two finish, and Hamilton was pleased for his teammate despite there being some signs of tension between the two sides of the garage this weekend.

“I’m really happy Nico is up here with us, it’s great points for the team, and they really deserve it,” he said.

Hamilton still trails Rosberg by four points in the drivers’ championship, but with three wins on the bounce, he undoubtedly has the momentum heading to the start of the European season in Spain.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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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