Raikkonen pleased to end podium drought in Bahrain


Kimi Raikkonen was pleased to end a podium drought that had dated all the way back to the 2013 Korean Grand Prix by finishing second in the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Finn was moved onto an alternative strategy by Ferrari during the race, allowing him to push in the final stint on the soft tire whilst others struggled on the slower medium compound.

Raikkonen moved up into the podium positions when his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, was forced to make an unplanned pit stop due to front wing damage.

He then set about catching Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, finding his way past on the penultimate lap of the race before finishing just 3.3 seconds behind race winner Lewis Hamilton.

Speaking on the podium after the race, Raikkonen said that it was impossible to be wholly satisfied with second place, but given his qualifying result and difficult start to the year, he was pleased with the result.

“Obviously you’re never happy when you finish second, but I think after a difficult start to the year I’m a bit pleased to get some result,” Raikkonen said.

“Obviously we came through in the end very quickly, but we ran out of laps. I think we have to be happy after that and where we qualified.”

Raikkonen has already made his satisfaction with the new regime at Ferrari clear, saying earlier this week that the atmosphere at Maranello was better than any other he had experienced in F1.

The Finn is confident that this can aid Ferrari in its bid to topple Mercedes at the front of the field and get back in the fight for race wins later in the season.

“Yeah I’m very happy how the team is working,” Raikkonen said. “After last year, where we are now is a big step. Everyone is working very well together, and the atmosphere is very good now.

“We have a good direction to keep pushing. It seems to be working well. Things are improving. I’m sure as a team we will get there and be able to be fighting for wins, but it will take a bit more time.”

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race