Hamilton: 17 races to go, 17 times to give Rosberg hell

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Lewis Hamilton is refusing to dwell on the 43-point deficit to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship, saying he has 17 more races to “give him hell”.

Rosberg claimed his seventh straight grand prix victory in Russia on Sunday by going lights-to-flag, while Hamilton was left to settle for second place after battling back from P10 on the grid.

The result allowed Rosberg to extend his points lead yet again, leaving Hamilton with a mountain to climb heading to the first European race of the season in Spain later this month.

Speaking to NBCSN after the race, Hamilton said he had no problem with being beaten by Rosberg, but was concerned that he was not being given the car to give him a chance to fight back after an issue in qualifying forced him to miss Q3.

“My concern is not about beating Nico,” Hamilton said. “I don’t have a problem with that.

“It’s more the guys giving me a car to be able to fight equally with him. That’s my concern.”

Hamilton said that Rosberg’s life is inevitably made easier by his points lead, but is refusing to back down with 17 races still to run this season.

“Of course it makes it easier,” Hamilton said.

“It’s got a buffer knowing even with one or two bad weekends he’s still in the fight, which is a huge confidence boost.

“He’s been at the front with no one to really bother him, so it’s been a nice Sunday drive for him.

“There’s still 17 races to go and 17 times I can give him hell.”

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.


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.



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


—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold


—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