WATCH LIVE: FP3 for the Brazilian Grand Prix

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The Brazilian Grand Prix is one of the most famous and historic events on the Formula 1 calendar, being the site of many a championship decider over the past ten years.

In fact, all five of the current world champions racing in F1 have clinched a championship at Interlagos, making it a favorite venue for many.

Although he cannot win the title in Brazil this weekend, Nico Rosberg will be hoping to make inroads into Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’s lead at the top of the drivers’ championship, with the German driver trailing by 24 points heading into the race at Interlagos.

Rosberg certainly started as he will mean to go on in practice on Friday, finishing fastest in both sessions, and he will be looking to make it a clean sweep during FP3 on Saturday morning.

You can watch FP3 from Brazil LIVE on Live Extra from 8a ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton didn’t sit back in practice, though, and finished a close second to his teammate in both sessions. He did admit that he failed to hook up a perfect lap in FP2, meaning that he could have been a lot quicker.

The newly resurfaced track at Interlagos has caught a number of drivers out already this weekend, with the low grip levels posing a serious challenge. FP3 will give the drivers one final chance to find the limit and prepare for qualifying later today.

Fernando Alonso, Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez will all be hoping to make up for lost time after missing part of practice on Friday. In Perez’s case, he did not even sit in the car after reserve driver Dani Juncadella crashed out in FP1, leaving Force India with a big repair job ahead of today’s session.

You can watch FP3 from Brazil LIVE on Live Extra from 8a ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 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.

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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.