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Rosberg quickest despite engine scare in final Spanish GP practice

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Nico Rosberg closed out practice for the Spanish Grand Prix with the fastest time despite suffering an engine scare towards the end of the 60-minute session on Saturday morning.

Rosberg arrived in Barcelona with a healthy 43-point buffer at the top of the drivers’ championship, and has set himself up well for an eighth successive Formula 1 victory on Sunday by finishing fastest in FP3.

A quickest lap of 1:23.078 was enough to give Rosberg P1 at the end of the session, but he was fortunate to hold onto top spot after suffering an engine scare.

Mercedes has suffered a number of issues with its power unit so far this season, and when Rosberg’s car switched into ‘limp home’ mode, the team appeared to have been hit with a problem yet again.

However, it turned out to only be a sensor issue, allowing Mercedes to send Rosberg back out with a few minutes remaining in the session.

In the second Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton was forced to settle for P2, finishing narrowly behind his teammate. Sebastian Vettel led Ferrari’s charge in P3, less than two-tenths of a second down on Rosberg after losing time in the final sector.

Max Verstappen enjoyed an impressive final practice ahead of his first qualifying and race for Red Bull, finishing fourth overall ahead of new teammate Daniel Ricciardo in P5. Kimi Raikkonen ended the session sixth for Ferrari after hitting traffic on his fastest lap.

Valtteri Bottas led Williams’ charge in seventh ahead of Sergio Perez, who continued to put the updated Force India to good use in eighth place. Daniil Kvyat appeared more at ease with the Toro Rosso in FP3 following his return to the team, finishing ninth ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in P10.

Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Saturday.

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