After losing out to teammate Nico Rosberg in Monaco last weekend, Lewis Hamilton is feeling more determined than ever to fight back as Formula 1 heads to North America for the first time in 2014.
The Canadian Grand Prix has been a favorite of Hamilton’s ever since he made his F1 debut back in 2007. He claimed his first race win at the circuit that year, and also won the 2010 and 2012 editions of the grand prix.
In fact, his third place finish at last year’s race was the first time he has seen the checkered flag in Canada and not won the race.
“Montreal is one of my favourite weekends of the year,” Hamilton explained. “It’s where I won my first grand prix back in 2007 and I’ve had another two victories there since, so it holds some special memories for me.
“The city itself is incredible. It’s one I always love to go to and there’s always a great crowd, so I’m hoping for them that the weather is good and we can put on a great show!”
In Mercedes’ grand prix preview, Hamilton reflected on his Monaco defeat, and insisted that it will only spur him on to reclaim the championship lead in Canada.
“Monaco was another great weekend for the team and I’m so proud of all the hard work the guys put in to make it happen. Of course, from a personal perspective it wasn’t what I was aiming for.
“I race to win every time and unfortunately it just wasn’t my weekend, but I drove with all my heart and gave it all I could, so I head to the next race with even more energy and determination.”
After a tenuous weekend in the Mercedes garage in Monaco, both Hamilton and Rosberg will be keen on doing their talking on the track in Canada. However, given that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been something of a Hamilton stronghold, we could see a third change for the championship lead in as many races next weekend.
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