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Hamilton has ‘twice the desire’ to recapture F1 crown in 2017

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Lewis Hamilton says he has “twice the desire” to recapture the Formula 1 World Championship next year following his narrow loss to Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in 2016.

Hamilton finished five points behind Rosberg in the drivers’ championship following their showdown in Abu Dhabi last month, ending his two-year stint as World Champion.

Hamilton won 10 races in 2016 – more than any driver in F1 history not to have won the championship – but had his title bid harmed by a number of reliability issues through the season.

Speaking to TIME for its “Year Ahead” issue, Hamilton said that he felt he was not given an equal opportunity as Rosberg through 2016 due to the problems with his car.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t have equal opportunity, because I had failures on our side of the garage,” Hamilton said.

“The other side didn’t. So that puts more stress on the importance of myself sucking every ounce of opportunity.

“At the end, that’s all I could have done. I didn’t do anything dangerous. I didn’t put anyone in harm’s way. I’d do it again. You’re out there to fight.”

Despite his agonizing championship defeat, Hamilton said that he is in a positive frame of mind and feels more motivated than ever to capture a fourth title in 2017 with Mercedes.

“I’m in a good head space. I have a process that I need to take into next year,” Hamilton said.

“When I lost the championship, the motivation to want to take it back next year became twofold.

“I now have twice the desire.”

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