WATCH LIVE: FP3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix


ABU DHABI – As the 2014 Formula 1 season prepares to end on Sunday, today sees the final practice session of the year take place ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton made the best possible start to the race weekend by finishing fastest in both free practice one and free practice two on Friday, edging out Nico Rosberg at the top of the timesheets on both occasions.

After the sun had set for FP2, Hamilton showed a good long-run pace, lapping a couple of tenths quicker than Rosberg on average. Given that the Briton only needs to finish in the top two on Sunday, he is looking good for a second Formula 1 world championship.

FP3 will give Hamilton the chance to claim a clean sweep of practice sessions and press home his advantage ahead of qualifying later today at Yas Marina.

You can watch FP3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 5a ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

With this session taking place before the sun has set, the conditions are not truly representative of what we will see in qualifying later today or the race tomorrow, but the drivers will be still be pushing hard to get everything in check ahead of this evening’s fight for pole position.

The pressure may be on Hamilton as the championship leader, but he is currently at the peak of his powers. The Yas Marina Circuit is one that he likes, and with the Mercedes W05 car suiting him perfectly this weekend, it is difficult to see him finishing outside of the top two under normal circumstances.

That said, Rosberg is not far behind. In FP2 on Friday night, he was less than one-tenth of a second shy of his teammate at the top of the standings, and appears to be waiting in the wings to pick up the pieces if his teammate hits trouble.

For Nico, FP3 will be one last chance to better his teammate and try to even up the scoreboard ahead of qualifying later today.

You can watch FP3 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix live on Live Extra from 5a ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change