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Massa: Brazilian GP exclusion “very, very strange”


LONDON – Felipe Massa has expressed his faith in the Williams team following his exclusion from last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, calling the stewards’ decision “very, very strange.”

Massa was excluded from the final classification at Interlagos after the FIA deemed that his right-rear tire was 27ºC over the maximum permitted temperature on the grid ahead of the race. He had finished eighth on track.

Williams confirmed after Massa’s exclusion that it would be appealing the decision, claiming that its data showed all of the tires were within the required temperature range for the start.

When asked by MotorSportsTalk about the incident, Massa said: “I trust 100% in the team.

“When they told me that the tires were 27ºC higher, if this is true, I cannot do maybe one lap on the same pace, so I would be massively slower.

“But anyway, it’s impossible to understand anything. The team is working 100%. I trust 100% in the team and for sure this exclusion for me was very, very strange to be honest. But we will see.”

Williams had planned to appeal the FIA’s decision, but confirmed on Thursday that it had opted against it due to financial reasons.

“Following detailed consideration the team has concluded that despite not agreeing with the exclusion and believing it has sufficient evidence with which to successfully contest the ruling, it will not formally appeal the decision as a hearing date is unlikely to be available until after the end of the season impacting a time when the team wishes to turn its attention to its 2016 campaign,” a statement from Williams read.

Massa is taking part in this weekend’s Race of Champions at the former Olympic Stadium in London, and is relishing the opportunity to take part in a more social and relaxed racing event away from the stresses of the F1 paddock.

“It’s an event where we do what we like to do, which is racing in a battle, head-to-head, ” Massa said.

“But also a lot of fun outside, altogether which is something that you cannot see so much in Formula 1 in the paddock.

“It’s really nice to be here. The organization of this event is amazing, so I’m happy to be here.”

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information


GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis