Ferrari endures miserable home race, scoring two points

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At the team’s biggest race weekend of the year, Scuderia Ferrari has suffered its worst result of the 2014 season so far by scoring just two points at its home event.

The Italian Grand Prix welcomes tens of thousands of Ferrari supporters through its gates, making the grandstands a sea of Maranello red. However, in the race on Sunday, Fernando Alonso was forced to retire whilst Kimi Raikkonen could score just two points for ninth place.

Speaking to the media after the race, Alonso made no secret of how disappointed he was following an ERS failure on his car.

“Obviously we are not happy with the result in front of our people,” the Spaniard said. “To have a mechanical failure is never nice, because the team is working very hard.

“The guys are working day and night to give us the best car possible, and when there are some parts of the car that cannot finish the race, that is a hard moment for the boys.”

Alonso admitted that it was difficult to have underperformed in front of Ferrari’s home fans, but thanked them for their love and support.

“For the team and secondly for the fans, we were not giving them any special result unfortunately,” he said. “Yesterday, we were not fast enough, and today we were struggling around position seven, eight, nine, whatever.

“This was not our goal, but it’s the way it is at the moment.We cannot do much more than this.

“I feel sad for them but also very thankful for all of the support that we had. We’ve been in a difficult season, but nevertheless, from Thursday here, everyone was supporting us, everyone was cheering for us. We felt that.

“We felt this love for our team, in the good moments and in the bad moments. Unfortunately we didn’t give them this support.”

The team has dropped down to fourth place in the constructors’ championship behind Williams, whose cars finished third and fourth on Sunday at Monza. However, Ferrari will be looking to hit back at the Singapore Grand Prix, given that the Marina Bay Street Circuit should be better suited to the F14 T car.

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