Raikkonen leads Ferrari 1-2 to close out Spanish GP practice

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Kimi Raikkonen headed up a one-two finish for Ferrari in the final Formula 1 practice session ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, giving the Italian marque a boost ahead of qualifying.

Ferrari arrived in Barcelona with a handful of updates for its SF70H car, while erstwhile rival Mercedes brought a more significant package to Barcelona in a bid to pull clear at the front of the pack.

Mercedes controlled proceedings on Friday as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finished P1 and P2 in both sessions, leaving Ferrari on the back foot.

Raikkonen led a revival for the team on Saturday morning in FP3, turning in a best lap of 1:20.214 to finish two-tenths of a second clear of teammate Sebastian Vettel at the top of the timesheets.

Hamilton was left to settle for third overall, three-tenths off Raikkonen’s best lap, while teammate Bottas only completed six laps after an issue emerged on his car overnight.

Mercedes broke its curfew in order to resolve an electrical issue on Bottas’ W08 car, only to find a water leak that forced the team into a power unit change. The Finn got out on-track with eight minutes remaining in the session.

Ferrari was not immune of problems either as Vettel suffered a loss of power towards the end of the session, forcing him to park up at the end of the pit lane and wait to be recovered by his crew.

Max Verstappen finished fifth for Red Bull ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo, the pair appearing to be out of the fight at the front despite the updates brought by the team to Barcelona for the RB13 car.

Nico Hulkenberg enjoyed a solid run to seventh for Renault, finishing ahead of Felipe Massa in eighth, while the Spanish pair of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 10 positions.

Qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix is live on CNBC and the NBC Sports app from 8am ET on Saturday.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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