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Fight to the Finnish? Bottas, Raikkonen among those scheduled for Thursday presser in Austin

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In one corner, one monosyllabic Finn who won the 2007 World Championship and has been re-signed with Ferrari for another season.

In another corner, the up-and-coming Finn who is 10 years his junior, who scored his first ever World Championship points at Austin two years ago, and who was previously – incorrectly – linked to Ferrari earlier this summer.

OK, so it’s unlikely Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas will actually have a war of words during Thursday’s driver press conference at Austin ahead of the United States Grand Prix.

But if there is any aftermath of the pair’s collision in the Russian Grand Prix, when Raikkonen speared Bottas in a battle for third on the final lap, this could be the place where it happens.

Raikkonen and Bottas have each blamed the other for the contact, which ultimately cost Raikkonen fifth place and secured the Constructor’s Championship for Mercedes.

The others in the driver press conference are Lewis Hamilton, defending Austin race winner who stands on the brink of his third World Championship, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who came third last year, American Alexander Rossi of Manor in his home Grand Prix, and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, who makes his Austin debut.

Full times and participants for both the driver press conference and Friday’s team manager press conference are linked below, via Jennie Gow of BBC 5 Live.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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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