Ricciardo pleased with P2 on grid in Singapore, will start on super-softs

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Daniel Ricciardo felt pleased with his qualifying effort ahead of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix when he will line up second on the grid between the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

As Rosberg swept to the 29th pole of his Formula 1 career with an imperious lap in Q3, Ricciardo rallied late on to edge out Hamilton and secure P2 on the grid.

Ricciardo had previously made it through to Q3 on the super-soft tire, which means he will be able to go further into the race before pitting than the ultra-soft-shod Mercedes on Sunday.

“Pleased enough, the aim was to try and be on the front row,” Ricciardo said when asked for his thoughts on qualifying.

“We knew it would be hard to try and get in front of the Mercedes. It was nice to at least get one.

“We made improvements for qualifying. Through practice we were still trying to find some stuff with the car and it finally came good in qualifying, got better. The rhythm throughout the session was good.

“We qualified on the super-soft in Q2 so we’ll start the race on that tire. Obviously we feel it’s a good thing, we’ll see if it makes a difference tomorrow.

“The last lap in Q3, it was clean, probably wasn’t as good as Nico’s but it was clean and good enough for the front row.”

The Singapore Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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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