WATCH LIVE: FP3 for the Russian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have a habit of sharing the Friday practice sessions at each Formula 1 grand prix in 2014. It’s a very good reflection of their tight and tense rivalry in the battle for this year’s world championship.

Once again in Russia on Friday, it was Rosberg who topped FP1 before Hamilton went faster still to blitz the second session, and although his advantage of 0.8 seconds was very impressive, it does not tell the whole story.

You can watch the final practice session for the Russian Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 4am ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton’s lap in FP2 was certainly an impressive one, but Rosberg did not really show what he could do. His best lap time came after a mistake at turn 16 that led him to back off as he crossed the line – yet it was still good enough for fourth place. Don’t go thinking that Lewis has this in the bag already.

McLaren was the surprise package of practice on Friday, with both Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button showing good pace in both sessions. Having not scored a podium since the opening race of the year in March, a big result could be on the cards for the British team in Russia this weekend.

Also keep an eye out for Williams, Red Bull and Ferrari as they all jostle for position in FP3 ahead of qualifying later today.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.