Wolff: No concerns about Hamilton and Rosberg racing each other

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Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff has no concerns about Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg racing each other in today’s Italian Grand Prix in spite of the on-track clash in Belgium two weeks ago.

At Spa, Rosberg made contact with Hamilton when trying to make an overtake, giving the Briton a puncture that ruined his race. Rosberg finished second and extended his championship lead, but was disciplined internally by the team for his role in the incident.

Wolff was left fuming that his two title contenders had made contact, costing the team precious points. Therefore, when the Silver Arrows locked out the front row of the grid at Monza yesterday, the obvious question was asked: “Will there be a repeat?”

“I think it is pretty clear where the line is,” Wolff said. “I have no doubt that this is how the race is going to pan out.”

Following the incident, Hamilton and Rosberg held talks with the team, and were told in no uncertain terms that a repeat event would not be tolerated. However, Wolff confirmed that the team did not discuss a plan of action for if the two went side-by-side into the first chicane at Monza.

“Because we didn’t know the grid we didn’t have the discussion yet,” he said. “But you can see that the two of them are so professional and experienced that after the discussions we had in the week after Spa it should be pretty obvious and clear about what is going to happen tomorrow.

“We are going to have the discussion as always, the strategy discussion, and one of the points is going to be what is happening in the first couple of laps.”

You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET today.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 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.