Hamilton’s charge halted by something in his eye (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton has been left frustrated after finishing today’s Monaco Grand Prix in second place, citing that something in his eye towards the end of the race scuppered his chances of catching race winner and teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton was fuming yesterday after missing out on pole position under controversial circumstances, and a good start from Rosberg meant that he trailed heading into the first round of pit stops. He vented his anger to the team over the radio after stopping, believing that he should have done so one lap earlier, but remained within two seconds of Rosberg.

However, with just over 20 laps to go, Hamilton’s pace dropped. The team asked him what the problem was, and he informed them that he couldn’t see much after getting some dirt or dust in his eye. Third placed Daniel Ricciardo was closing quickly, but Hamilton cried: “I don’t care about Ricciardo! I want to know the gap to Nico please.”

Ultimately, he finished just four-tenths of a second ahead of Ricciardo, and was clearly disappointed in the post-race interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Not only has the Briton’s winning streak come to an end, but he has also lost the lead of the drivers’ championship to his teammate.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.