F3 race at Monza cancelled due to poor driving standards

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Having a race red flagged due to poor driving standards is something of a rarity in motorsport. In the most extreme cases, individual drivers will often be given the black flag and disqualified from the race, with Sergio Canamasas receiving such a sanction at Monza last year in GP2.

However, standards were so bad in the FIA F3 European Championship at Monza on Sunday that the race was red flagged and abandoned after just nine laps of running.

Drivers had been warned about driving standards following a crash-strewn race on Saturday that was eventually red flagged with just 12 laps completed.

Ferrari junior driver Lance Stroll was fortunate to escape unharmed from a terrifying crash at Curva Grande following contact with Antonio Giovinazzi in what was just one of a number of on-track incidents.

A first-lap collision involving American driver Ryan Tveter in the third and final race of the weekend on Sunday resulted in an early safety car, and another incident on the restart prompted the race director to issue a red flag and abandon running after just nine laps.

British driver Felix Rosenqvist managed to avoid much of the drama to win all three races, but was only awarded half points for two of them as 75% of the scheduled running had not been reached.

“My car was perfect throughout the weekend, which I was able to prove by three pole positions and three race wins,” Rosenqvist said.

“Unfortunately, we also got half the points in this race, too, because we didn’t get to complete 75 percent of the scheduled race distance.”

Rosenqvist summed up his thoughts of the driving standards on Saturday on Twitter.

The FIA F3 European Championship has produced a number of outstanding young drivers in recent years including Max Verstappen, Raffaele Marciello and Esteban Ocon. It would appear that the same cannot be said for all of the drivers on the 2015 grid, though.

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