Hamilton completes home practice hat-trick at Silverstone

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Lewis Hamilton completed a clean sweep of practice sessions ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix after edging out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in FP3 on Saturday morning.

Light rain in the lead up to the start of FP3 prompted drivers to head out on the intermediate and wet tires initially, but the track soon dried up to permit slick running.

Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez were the first to make the switch, but it was Rosberg who set the pace on the soft tire, going three-tenths of a second faster than teammate Lewis Hamilton had on Friday.

However, Hamilton managed to dig deep, finding more time in the final sector to go seven-hundredths of a second quicker and wrestle away P1.

The session was red flagged with 20 minutes remaining after Marcus Ericsson crashed in the final sector. After running wide at the exit of Stowe, Ericsson spun across the track and into the tire wall at high speed, leaving his Sauber car with severe damage and even causing his steering wheel to break away.

Thankfully, Ericsson walked away unharmed, but the marshals were left to conduct a sizeable clean-up at the crash site. The session eventually got back underway with five minutes remaining, prompting a flurry of activity on-track as drivers completed their final qualifying simulations.

Hamilton and Rosberg both found more time with their final laps in FP3, but the status quo remained the same. Rosberg crossed the line first, going two-tenths faster than Hamilton, only for the home favorite to hit back and find another 0.063 seconds to take P1.

Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull, half a second behind Hamilton, while teammate Max Verstappen followed in fourth place.

Ferrari endured a tough session as Sebastian Vettel finished fifth-fastest, 1.1 seconds off Hamilton, and reported that his gearbox had failed, leaving the team with a quick turnaround to get the German ready for qualifying. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished down in ninth place.

Valtteri Bottas finished sixth for Williams ahead of Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg, while Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top 10 behind Raikkonen.

Qualifying for the British Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 8am ET on Saturday.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.