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Ricciardo: ‘We gave it a good shot’ with Singapore strategy gamble

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Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull “gave it a good shot” after a strategy gamble saw the Australian finish within half a second of his first win of the 2016 Formula 1 season in Singapore.

Ricciardo spent much of the race running second behind Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, prompting Red Bull to roll the dice and make an unplanned third pit stop with 14 laps remaining.

Fitted with super-soft tires, Ricciardo gained as much as three seconds per lap on Rosberg, allowing him to close up heading into the final stages after Mercedes kept its driver out.

Traffic stunted Ricciardo’s charge, leaving him to finish just 0.488 seconds behind Rosberg at the checkered flag, marking his third finish in P2 in the last four races.

“We’ve come very close this year on numerous occasions, but I’m not going to stand up here and be disappointed,” Ricciardo said on the podium after the race.

“I think we gave it a good shot. We tried something at the end with the different strategy and got within half a second. It was close.

“Hey, we’re up here again, it feels great. There are a lot of Australian flags, every year I see more and more, so thanks.

“As soon as we did the pit stop, we thought Nico was going to come in. I pushed really hard on those tires. By the end they were a little bit dead, but it made it exciting.”

The result saw Ricciardo extend his advantage over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the race for third in the drivers’ championship to 26 points with six races remaining.

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.


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.



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


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


—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