Hamilton fastest in final Italian GP practice as Rosberg sits out


Lewis Hamilton has finished fastest in the third and final free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza today.

The Briton posted a fastest lap of 1:25.519 to finish four-tenths of a second clear of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, as Nico Rosberg was unable to record a time in the sister Mercedes thanks to a gearbox problem.

The final session provided the drivers and teams with one final chance to make sure that all of their systems were running correctly ahead of qualifying later today, and this proved particularly crucial for Mercedes. Following Hamilton’s electrical problem during the second practice session on Friday, Rosberg came unstuck in this session and could complete just three laps thanks to a gearbox issue. The team has confirmed that it will be able to change the relevant parts without receiving a penalty.

Sergio Perez’s session also took a turn for the worse when his car stopped out on track at Curva Grande. He appeared to lose power coming out of the first chicane, and was forced to abandon his VJM07 at the side of the track.

In the early prime tire runs, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas led the way, so much so that they actually set exactly the same time at one point. Eventually, there was some daylight between them as the session, with Lewis Hamilton – who himself had suffered a DRS failure – leading ahead of the switch to option tires in the final few minutes.

Hamilton managed to find another two-tenths of a second at the top of the timesheets to extend his advantage over Alonso, and ultimately finished the session fastest of all. Felipe Massa was fourth for Williams, with Jenson Button rounding out the top five for McLaren.

With his teammate on the back foot, Hamilton may have the upper hand for qualifying later today. Be sure to join us for the session live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


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NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.