Hamilton cuts first day of testing short due to illness

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Mercedes has confirmed that Lewis Hamilton’s first day of testing in Barcelona has been cut short due to illness.

The defending F1 world champion was due to complete a full day of running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but opted to stop after just two hours due to illness. He had completed just 11 laps and posted a fastest time of 1:30.429 at the time.

The team confirmed via Twitter that its reserve driver, Pascal Wehrlein, would be deputizing for Hamilton in the afternoon session, having completed running in the morning for Force India.

Hamilton is set to return to action on Saturday in Barcelona, with teammate Nico Rosberg getting behind the wheel on Friday. You can check out the complete line-up for testing in Barcelona here.

Force India have confirmed that Wehrlein will be replaced in the Force India by Sergio Perez, who wasn’t due to get behind the wheel of the car until Friday in Barcelona.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.