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Palmer eager to bounce back from Bahrain DNS in China

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Jolyon Palmer heads to next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix keen to make up for his non-start in Bahrain last Sunday.

Palmer impressed on his F1 debut in Australia last month by finishing 11th, and had hoped to follow this up with his first points in Bahrain.

The Briton was due to start the race 19th, but failed to make the grid after a hydraulic issue arose on his car during the formation lap.

Palmer was forced to bring his car into the pits and park up as the rest of the pack waited for the lights, much to the frustration of the rookie.

“I was pretty gutted! You complete the entire race weekend, all the practice sessions, qualifying, all the debriefs and all that work for a race and to miss even the race start is really frustrating,” Palmer said.

“The thing about a grand prix is that there’s only one race on the weekend, whereas in every other series I’ve contested there is more than one race. So if you have a problem, that’s it – game over. To be packing up before you’ve seen the lights go off is disappointing.”

Palmer is happy with how Renault has started the season despite not scoring any points, with the issues that cropped up in Bahrain set to be fixed in time for next weekend’s race in China.

“Australia was a really good way to kick off the year and we were a little bit ahead of where we thought we’d be so all the pre-season preparation had paid off well,” Palmer said.

“Bahrain was more challenging as it was a weekend where nothing really clicked but overall the feeling within the team is great. There were a few minor issues, which meant we weren’t able to optimise performance but we should have it all addressed for China.

“The car has a well-balanced baseline and all we need is a little bit more performance. This is exactly what we have coming in the future, so everything’s good.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET on April 17.

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

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

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