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Rosberg paces second practice in Austria in mixed conditions

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Nico Rosberg completed a sweep of the two free practice sessions for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, with the second session interrupted by rain before drying back out in the final half hour.

Rosberg paced the session at a 1:07.967 in the Mercedes W07, running on Pirelli’s supersoft, then ultrasoft tires before rain hit and a number of drivers spun off the road.

Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez, Jolyon Palmer and Max Verstappen were among those caught out.

Drivers went out on Pirelli’s green intermediate tires to test conditions before the track began drying out and drivers started shifting back to slicks.

Hamilton got close to Rosberg’s time on a late ultrasoft run, at 1:07.986, but was unable to surpass the German’s best time from earlier in the session.

Nico Hulkenberg was third ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, the latter in his lederhosen overalls this weekend for Red Bull Racing.

Vettel then went off in a spin at Turn 2 at the end of the session, which put the session under Virtual Safety Car conditions.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.