Hamilton happy with Singapore podium at end of ‘tricky’ weekend

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Lewis Hamilton felt glad to have finished on the podium in Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix despite giving up the lead of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton started third in Singapore and dropped behind Kimi Raikkonen during the second stint of the race as he struggled for pace on the soft tire.

Mercedes opted to change Hamilton’s strategy mid-race, bringing him in for a third stop late on to put pressure on Ferrari ahead.

Raikkonen was pulled in one lap later, only to emerge from the pits behind the Briton, allowing Hamilton to take third place behind Rosberg and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

“First of all big congratulations to Nico. He drove fantastically well all weekend and fully deserved the win,” Hamilton said on the podium after the race.

“Very tough day today, but as always it is in Singapore. This weekend’s just been a bit of a tricky one for me. I’m so glad I could get back up on the podium and get some points for the team.”

Hamilton was unable to push in the early part of the race due to a minor brake issue that prompted Mercedes to warn him on a number of occasions about his pace.

“It was my brakes, I was struggling with my brakes which were overheating, so I had to slow down and watch the other guys pull away,” Hamilton said.

“We were looking at different ways to try and get them back under control. In the end once I did my second stop or third stop, my brakes were under control. Of course towards the end I got a bit of heat in them.

“I’ve got a lot of support out there this weekend and I just want to say thanks to everyone who came out. We’ll keep pushing.”

Rosberg’s victory saw him take the lead of the drivers’ championship for the first time since the British Grand Prix in the middle of July, demoting Hamilton back into second place.

“It’s a lot different to when I was here last year,” Hamilton said, reflecting on his 41-point lead following Singapore in 2015.

“All in all, with all that has gone on this year, I’m still in the fight but still a long way to go.

“I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold