Hamilton storms to home pole position at British GP

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Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from pole position after setting the pace during qualifying on Saturday at Silverstone.

The Mercedes driver recorded a fastest lap time of 1:32.248 to secure an emotional pole at his home grand prix, delighting over 100,000 British fans that came out to see him on Saturday.

Hamilton led the way after his first run in Q3, edging out teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.113 seconds for provisional pole. When track conditions failed to improve for their second runs due to the wind picking up, the Briton was able to pit and revel in his 46th career pole position.

Rosberg did stay out on track in a bid to improve his time, but it was all in vain as he finished second when he failed to improve his time, lamenting a lack of grip.

Williams outqualified Ferrari with relative ease at Silverstone as Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished third and fourth respectively. Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel had to settle for fifth and sixth in what was a disappointing session for the Italian team.

Daniil Kvyat led the way for Red Bull, finishing seventh ahead of Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. Kvyat’s teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, finished tenth.

Force India endured something of a mixed qualifying session on Saturday. Nico Hulkenberg made it through to Q3, qualifying ninth, but Sergio Perez was unable to make it past Q2 after falling foul of track limits to leave himself P11 on the grid.

Ahead of qualifying, the teams and rivers were warned about running wide at turn nine, resulting in a number of lap times being deleted throughout the three sessions for exceeding track limits.

Romain Grosjean was also hit by this ruling as both he and Lotus teammate Pastor Maldonado struggled to find any pace in qualifying, dropping out in 12th and 14th place respectively in Q2. They were split by Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen, who will start from 13th after struggling for rear grip.

McLaren’s troublesome start to the 2015 season continued at Silverstone as both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were eliminated in Q1. Alonso was fortunate to get out at all after a leak on his car ahead of qualifying, but could only finish 17th in the session ahead of Button in P18.

Alonso had named Sauber as being McLaren’s closest competitor for qualifying on Friday, and it proved to be an accurate prediction as Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr qualified 15th and 16th.

As usual, the two Manor drivers propped up the timesheets during Q1 as Will Stevens outqualified Roberto Merhi for P19 on the grid.

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.