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Lewis Hamilton to debut new Mercedes W07 in Barcelona

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Defending Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton will get the first public run in Mercedes’ new W07 car in Barcelona on Monday at the start of pre-season testing.

Hamilton claimed his third F1 world title in 2015, becoming the first British driver to win back-to-back championships and firmly establish himself as one of the sport’s all-time greats.

Mercedes spent much of Saturday teasing what the new car would look like, giving fans some exclusive snippets of footage from its filming day at Silverstone earlier in the week.

The first full images of the car will be circulated on Sunday before it gets its first official on-track run on Monday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Mercedes confirmed on Saturday that Hamilton would be the first to take part in testing following the car’s launch at 8:15am local time in Barcelona.

“The eighth Silver Arrow to compete in the Formula One World Championship will then take to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya at the hands of Lewis Hamilton for the opening day of 2016 pre-season testing at the Spanish circuit,” a short statement from the team read.

Teammate Nico Rosberg will get his first run in the new car on Tuesday before handing the reins back over to Hamilton for Wednesday. Rosberg will close out the first test on Thursday.

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