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Vettel leads shortened final practice in Montreal

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Sebastian Vettel threw Ferrari’s hat into the ring for the fight for pole position in Montreal by topping the final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday morning.

In a session that was cut short following a crash for Kevin Magnussen with 13 minutes remaining, Vettel led the way with a fastest lap time of 1:13.919 to edge out Max Verstappen by two-tenths of a second.

Mercedes entered Saturday hopeful of replicating its Friday form by topping both sessions, but neither Lewis Hamilton nor Nico Rosberg got the chance to truly stretch the legs of the W07 Hybrid car.

Light rain throughout the session left drivers struggling for grip, but Vettel managed to tame the conditions best to led the way for Ferrari.

Armed with the upgraded Renault power unit for the first time this weekend, Verstappen finished the session second ahead of Rosberg, who led Mercedes’ charge in P3.

Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth for Ferrari ahead of Hamilton, who was four-tenths of a second adrift come the end of the session. Daniel Ricciardo finished FP3 sixth in the second Red Bull.

Carlos Sainz Jr. finished seventh for Toro Rosso ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, while Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10 for Force India and Williams respectively.

Magnussen finished the session down in 19th place after crashing at the exit of the second chicane, suffering a hefty impact with the wall.

Although the Dane walked away unharmed, the same could not be said of his car, leaving Renault with a sizeable repair job ahead of qualifying later in the day.

The debris on-track prompted race control to call time on the session with nine minutes remaining on the clock, leaving the teams with many questions unanswered heading into qualifying.

Qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1pm ET.

Alex Marquez wins first MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race

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Alex Marquez of Spain won the inaugural MotoGP #StayAtHomeGP Virtual Race as the world’s premier bike racing series followed other motorsports into online racing.

The #StayAtHomeGP, which was streamed Sunday on several platforms including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel, featured a field of 10 riders competing on their console gaming systems at home.

Francesco Bagnaia was the runner-up, and Maverick Vinales rounded out the podium.

INDYCAR iRACING: Sage Karam wins Watkins Glen opener

Defending MotoGP premier series champion Marc Marquez, the older brother of the rookie race winner and his teammate at Repsol Honda Team, finished fifth.

Here’s a recap of the race from the MotoGP site.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of SebringNASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.