Karam fastest in Monday’s second practice, which runs incident-free

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The Verizon IndyCar Series had a second practice later Monday afternoon for the Indianapolis 500, after halting the first practice earlier in the day following James Hinchcliffe’s accident.

In the second session of the day, drivers and teams focused on race runs, and it was a very busy track with most of the field out in groups, all running nose-to-tail and making a series of passes.

Second-year driver Sage Karam topped the speed charts with a best lap of 227.831 mph, with Scott Dixon, JR Hildebrand, the returning James Davison and Tony Kanaan completing the top five.

Mercifully this session ran without incident.  Speeds from this morning’s first session, led by Simon Pagenaud, are linked here.

It was also confirmed that Hinchcliffe’s earlier accident was caused by a broken right front suspension, per a Honda spokesperson to the AP.

This marks the last on-track activity for the Verizon IndyCar Series until Friday’s Carb Day practice, a one-hour session.

Speeds from this session are below:


Valtteri Bottas fastest in Friday F1 practices for Russian Grand Prix

F1 Sochi Valtteri Bottas
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SOCHI, Russia — Valtteri Bottas paced both F1 practices Friday for the Russian Grand Prix on Friday as Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was slowed by damaged tires in the first session.

Bottas turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 33.519 seconds in the second session that bettered Hamilton’s 1:33.786.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was more than a second behind Bottas in third at 1:34.577, followed by the McLaren Racing duo of Carlos Sainz Jr. (1:34.723) and Lando Norris (1:34.847).

In the first F1 session at Sochi, Valtteri Bottas set the pace with a time of 1 minute, 34.923 seconds, beating Ricciardo by half a second. Max Verstappen was third quickest in his Red Bull, a further 0.147 back.

Hamilton could only manage 19th fastest after locking up his tires and leaving them with a flat spot. Ferrari again struggled to find pace with Sebastian Vettel ninth and Charles Leclerc 11th.

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The first session was briefly red-flagged when Nicholas Latifi crashed his Williams. Carlos Sainz Jr. spun his McLaren backward into a barrier and broke off his rear wing.

Verstappen spun during the second session but avoided damage to his car.