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Rosberg, Ricciardo bid to end champions’ dominance in Singapore

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Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo both enter Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix (live on NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 7am ET) bidding to end the dominance of champions at Marina Bay.

Since joining the Formula 1 calendar as a world championship event in 2008, the Singapore Grand Prix has only been won by three men: Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

And all three only won in Singapore once they had already had at least one F1 drivers’ title to their name.

Alonso, champion in 2005 and 2006, won the first edition of the race in controversial fashion after teammate Nelson Piquet Jr. crashed out deliberately in an incident that would later be known as ‘Crashgate’.

Lewis Hamilton won the 2009 race, one year after his maiden F1 title, before Alonso was victorious again in 2010 after edging out Vettel.

With a world title under his belt from 2010, Vettel won three straight editions of the Singapore Grand Prix from 2011 through 2013. Hamilton won in 2014, with Vettel taking his fourth victory last year.

So statistics dictate that to win in Singapore, you must be a world champion: something that neither pole-sitter Rosberg nor Ricciardo in P2 is heading into Sunday’s grand prix.

“It may be time to change that then. I’ll give it everything tomorrow,” Rosberg said when informed of that record.

“But I was surprised to hear that, actually, that only three people have ever won the Singapore Grand Prix in all these years.

“But anyways, I’m feeling good for tomorrow and, of course, I have a good chance.”

Ricciardo added: “Hopefully for our sake it’s a new winner. Obviously Seb had his problems today, so I think he was potentially a contender but I think he’s going to be out of the picture.

“So out of the front guys it’s probably Lewis that will be the closest world champion to threaten. Otherwise we’ll hopefully try to get it done.

“Well not ‘we’. ‘I’. We can’t both win. Sorry…”

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

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