Hamilton “just a passenger” in Canada practice crash

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Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off his crash during the second practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday, claiming that he was “just a passenger” due to the wet conditions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Hamilton posted the fastest time in FP2 on Friday before a heavy rain shower hit the Ile Notre-Dame, prompting most of the teams to end their running and sit in the garage.

However, Mercedes believed that there was still something to be gained by sending its drivers out in the wet conditions, and opted to fit Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg with intermediate tires.

They proved to be of little use to the Briton, though, as he aquaplaned into the wall at the hairpin in the wet conditions, bringing his day to an early end.

“It literally was like being on ice and I was just a passenger,” Hamilton said. “Looking at the onboard I accelerate through the gears, come off the power, I’m cruising in and brake and it just goes straight.

“Not the greatest but you have to laugh it off and the guys will work hard to fix it.”

Hamilton remained upbeat about Mercedes’ dry pace after also finishing fastest in the first session on Friday morning, but remains wary of the threat from Ferrari behind.

“In the dry, the car is feeling really good here and our long run pace was encouraging,” Hamilton said. “Ferrari look like they’ve upped their pace so it will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow.

“But I’m sure we’ll still be strong. It’s great to be back in Montreal and I’m feeling good for the weekend.”

Team boss Toto Wolff echoed Hamilton’s sentiments, suggesting that Ferrari could be a threat over the long runs during the race on Sunday.

“That was a mixed bag today, like the weather,” Wolff said. “We had a strong first practice and looked competitive on the prime tire. Then in FP2, we pulled the programme forward to get as much running done as possible before the rain came.

“We managed to compare the two tires and do some high fuel running, which gave us some interesting results – and our competitors looked pretty strong in similar conditions, too, which we will have to analyze this evening to understand the competitive balance.”

For full details on NBC Sports’ coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix, click here.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold