Lewis Hamilton is anticipating another good fight with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after the Silver Arrows locked out the front row for the first race of the 2015 F1 season.
Having lost none of its advantage from 2014, Mercedes stormed to P1 and P2 on Saturday in Melbourne, with Hamilton winning the intra-team battle to finish six-tenths of a second clear of Rosberg.
After going toe-to-toe for the drivers’ championship in 2014, Hamilton and Rosberg will renew their rivalry on Sunday, but it is the Briton who holds the momentum after Saturday.
“It’s been a great start to the weekend,” Hamilton said. “It doesn’t feel like it has been a long time since the last race.
“A big rush and a huge effort from all the guys to enable us to come here and have this performance. I feel incredibly blessed to have this car. Today we found a good balance, and it was just about trying to push in those laps.
“It’s so much fun when you get into qualifying; you have those single laps that you have to push. I just feel incredibly grateful.”
Hamilton hopes to enjoy a better start to 2015 than he did last season, having retired from the race in Australia after just two laps whilst Rosberg went on to win.
“We had a difficult start to the season last year here, so definitely as a team, as a whole, we’re hoping for a better start – for both cars to succeed tomorrow,” Hamilton said.
“So we’re going to work as hard as we can to make sure we do that. Lots of work to be done tonight to study for the race tomorrow, because it’s going to be a huge challenge and a good fight hopefully with Nico.”
You can watch the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30a ET tomorrow.
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.