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Hamilton: Running the Halo in Singapore ‘no real issue’

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Lewis Hamilton says that using the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection system during Formula 1 practice in Singapore on Friday was “no real issue” during his first test with the design.

With cockpit protection high on the FIA’s agenda in 2016, the Halo has enjoyed a number of tests throughout the current F1 season after making its first appearance during pre-season.

Team bosses agreed earlier this year to postpone the introduction of any cockpit protection until 2018 at the earliest, but evaluation of the Halo is ongoing.

Hamilton has made his opposition to cockpit protection clear in the past, saying he hoped using the Halo would be optional.

On Friday in Singapore, the Briton completed part of FP1 with the Halo on his car before offering his feedback after the session.

“Running the Halo was no real issue,” Hamilton said.

“I barely noticed it to be honest, just in my mirrors, where it blocked the view slightly.”

Hamilton’s practice running at Marina Bay was cut short after a hydraulic problem in FP2, but the three-time world champion is confident the issue can be resolved.

“We had a small hydraulic issue at the end of FP2 but it doesn’t look like anything serious,” Hamilton said.

“The guys are working on it and it should be fine for tomorrow, which is the main thing.

“Our pace looked OK today, definitely much better than last year, so I’d say we’re looking relatively strong.”

Qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix is live on CNBC from 9am ET on Saturday.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race