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FIA issues official entry list for 2016 F1 season

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The FIA has issued the final entry list for the 2016 Formula 1 season, confirming the grid ahead of the first test of the year in Barcelona next week.

Following Manor’s announcement of Rio Haryanto earlier this week, the field is now set with three rookie drivers and two returnees.

Haryanto will be joined in making his grand prix debut by Pascal Wehrlein and Jolyon Palmer in Australia, while Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Gutierrez will make their first starts since the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The entry list also features one new team in the form of Haas F1 Team, headed up by NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas.

The only other news of note is that Manor’s new official name is Manor Racing MRT, while the Renault-owned Lotus operation will race as Renault Sport Formula 1 Team.

2016 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY LIST

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team
#6 Nico Rosberg
#44 Lewis Hamilton

Scuderia Ferrari
#5 Sebastian Vettel
#7 Kimi Raikkonen

Williams Martini Racing
#19 Felipe Massa
#77 Valtteri Bottas

Red Bull Racing
#3 Daniel Ricciardo
#26 Daniil Kvyat

Sahara Force India F1 Team
#11 Sergio Perez
#27 Nico Hulkenberg

Renault Sport Formula 1 Team
#20 Kevin Magnussen
#30 Jolyon Palmer

Scuderia Toro Rosso
#33 Max Verstappen
#55 Carlos Sainz Jr.

Sauber F1 Team
#9 Marcus Ericsson
#12 Felipe Nasr

McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team
#14 Fernando Alonso
#22 Jenson Button

Manor Racing MRT
#88 Rio Haryanto
#94 Pascal Wehrlein

Haas F1 Team
#8 Romain Grosjean
#21 Esteban Gutierrez

Alex Palou fastest as several go off course during IndyCar practice at IMS

IndyCar Harvest GP practice
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Alex Palou paced the opening practice Thursday for the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

The Dale Coyne Racing rookie turned a 1-minute, 10.177-second lap around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in his No. 55 Dallara-Honda.

Jack Harvey was second, followed by Colton Herta, points leader Scott Dixon and Max Chilton.

PRACTICE CHART: Click here to see the speed rundown from Thursday’s session

FRIDAY AT IMS: Details for watching Race 1 of the Harvest GP

Qualifying for Friday’s race will be at 6:20 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC Sports Gold.

Will Power, who won the pole position for the July 4 race at the track, spun off course with just more than a minute left in the session after the left rear of his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet made slight contact with the right front of Alexander Rossi’s No. 28 Dallara-Honda.

Power was among several drivers who went off track, but there were no damaged cars during the session. Marcus Ericsson missed the final 5 minutes of the practice after being penalized for causing a red flag with a Turn 8 spin.

Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Helio Castroneves, who is driving for Oliver Askew (who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms), also veered off course as did rookie Rinus VeeKay and Santino Ferrucci.

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson was in attendance at the session before racing Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Johnson will be driving a partial schedule of road and street courses in IndyCar next season for Chip Ganassi Racing.

“Literally, the smallest of details, I can pick up on,” Johnson told NBC Sports pit reporter Kevin Lee. “It’s been really nice today just to see how a session starts and obviously to jump on the radio and listen to how the systems work and then obviously you get into the car and the setup and such. I’m at ground zero right now, a 45-year-old rookie trying to learn my way into a new sport essentially.”

Johnson told Lee his sponsorship hunt to run a Ganassi car “has gone really well. The fact that I’m here today and ingrained so deeply in the team is a great sign of where things are going. Looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a car soon and hopefully having some announcements for the world to see soon, too.”

Fans were in attendance Thursday for the first time this season at IMS, which is allowed a limited crowd of 10,000 for its races this weekend.