Button pleased with P5 in Brazilian GP qualifying

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Jenson Button was pleased to qualify in fifth place for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix after getting to grips with the newly-resurfaced circuit at Interlagos.

The new asphalt has caught out a number of drivers so far this weekend, with Button feeling that the very nature and characteristics of the track has changed as a result. Nevertheless, he was pleased with the final result on Saturday.

“It felt alright actually,” he told NBCSN. “I said on Friday that this circuit doesn’t feel like Interlagos anymore with the new asphalt on., and it is diffferent, but I enjoyed it out there.

“It was tough though. A lot of front locking. I think everyone struggled on the last run for some reason. I lost about a tenth at turn one and then I couldn’t see for the rest of the lap.”

In terms of his expectations for the race tomorrow, Button is remaining open minded and is just pleased to be starting so far up the grid.

“Us as we are, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it though. Saturdays have been tough for me here, so it’s nice to start nearer the front. We’ll see what we can do in the race.”

This could prove to be Button’s final outing at Interlagos as a Formula 1 driver, with paddock speculation suggesting that he could be replaced by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso at McLaren for next season.

You can watch the Brazilian Grand Prix live on CNBC from 10:30a ET tomorrow.

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.