Starting grid for the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix

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After securing his fifth pole position in six races during qualifying yesterday, Nico Rosberg has a golden opportunity to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship following Lewis Hamilton’s engine fire.

The Briton’s Mercedes W05 car suffered a fuel leak during the first part of qualifying, forcing him to pull over at the side of the track. Hamilton will start the race from the pit lane after the team changed the gearbox, engine and chassis in the wake of the blaze.

However, Rosberg did not have it all his own way. He still had to pull out at perfect final lap in Q3 to see off the challenge of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas, who will start second and third respectively.

Daniel Ricciardo will start fourth ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, but the Spaniard’s teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, was less fortunate. A strategy error by the team meant that he was knocked out in Q1 by Marussia’s Jules Bianchi. However, with rain forecast, both he and Hamilton may still be able to salvage some points from the weekend.

You can watch the Hungarian Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET.

FROM THE STEWARDS’ OFFICE

  • Lewis Hamilton will start the race from the pit lane after Mercedes changed the gearbox, engine and chassis on his car. The Briton is permitted to start despite missing the 107% rule.
  • Pastor Maldonado has also been permitted to start after he too pulled off to the side of the track without setting a time in Q1. He also took a gearbox penalty, but as he cannot move any further back, he remains in 20th position.
  • Kevin Magnussen will start from the pit lane after a crash in Q3 left him requiring a rebuild. He will start ahead of Hamilton, though.

2014 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX STARTING GRID

1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
6. Felipe Massa Williams
7. Jenson Button McLaren
8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
11. Adrian Sutil Sauber
12. Sergio Perez Force India
13. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
14. Romain Grosjean Lotus
15. Jules Bianchi Marussia
16. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
17. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham
18. Max Chilton Marussia
19. Marcus Ericsson Caterham
20. Pastor Maldonado Lotus

PL. Kevin Magnussen McLaren
PL. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

Indianapolis Motor Speedway can have 10,000 fans for IndyCar races

Indianapolis Motor Speedway fans
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have crowds for its NTT IndyCar Series race weekend next month, the first time fans are allowed at the track this year.

The track announced Friday that up to 10,000 fans will be allowed in the grandstands daily from Oct. 1-4. The IndyCar Harvest GP race doubleheader will be held on the track’s road course Oct. 2-3.

IMS has played host to several events this year without fans, including the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23 and a NASCAR-IndyCar weekend July 4-5 that included the Brickyard 400. Plans originally were made to have fans at the Indy 500 before reversing course a few weeks ahead of the race. In a letter last month, Roger Penske vowed that fans would return for the 2021 Indy 500.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS president Doug Boles said in a release. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

Fans will undergo temperature screenings upon entry and also be required to wear face coverings at all times on property. The track said each attendee will receive a mask and bottle of hand sanitizer.

The Friday, Oct. 2 race will be shown at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA, and NBC will broadcast the Saturday, Oct. 3 race at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s the release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 – For the first time in 2020, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome fans to the Racing Capital of the World for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR weekend. Up to 10,000 spectators can be in the grandstands each day of racing action Oct. 1-4, per approval from the Marion County Public Health Department.

Tickets are available now via IMS.com and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The massive facility, which holds more than 300,000 people, will provide two spectator zones with up to 5,000 fans in each. The zones will be located in Turns 1 and 4 of the oval, offering strong sightlines of the road course. Strict health and safety rules will be in place, including the following:

  • Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times;
  • All fans will receive temperature screenings before gate entry;
  • Grandstand seats will be marked for distancing;
  • Attendees must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.

Global Medical Response, the world leader in compassionate, quality emergency medical and patient relocation services, will be the presenting sponsor of the penultimate weekend of INDYCAR racing this season.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

The plan, which includes each attendee receiving a mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer upon entering the track, was developed in consultation with state and local health officials.

This event weekend is highlighted by an NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, with races Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. It will be the penultimate event of the series’ season as the field pursues the champion’s prestigious Astor Challenge Cup to be awarded Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The INDYCAR Harvest GP will pay tribute to a storied IMS event, the Harvest Classic in September 1916. The Harvest Classic was the only racing event held outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993. The event featured three races, all won by legendary driver Johnny Aitken.

Fans also will see a host of facility improvements during the event weekend, including more than 30 new LED video boards, refreshed concession stands and restrooms, and 5G wireless connectivity throughout the facility.

The first race will air at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, Oct. 2 on the USA Network. NBC will broadcast the second race at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Oct. 3, with WTHR-13 airing the action live in Central Indiana.

Also racing that weekend will be the first pairing of two major sports car series — the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli and its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS. Former Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ryan Briscoe is among the drivers in the Indianapolis 8 Hour event held Sunday, Oct. 4.

The event also will showcase drivers in SRO America’s Pirelli GT4 America, GT Sports Club America and the TC America series.

The full on-track schedule is available at IMS.com.