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Vettel leads final Austria F1 practice, Hamilton suffers brake disc failure

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Formula 1 championship leader Sebastian Vettel bounced back from a difficult Friday to lead final practice for the Austrian Gand Prix on Saturday morning for Ferrari as title rival Lewis Hamilton suffered a brake disc failure late on.

Hamilton led both FP1 and FP2 for Mercedes on Friday, and headed the timesheets for much of FP3 before Vettel was able to move a quarter of a second clear in the final 15 minutes of the session with a best lap of 1:05.092.

Hamilton was unable to respond after suffering a brake disc failure during a flying lap, causing him to run straight on at Turn 3 before nursing his car back to the pits.

“It was a problem with the team side of the brake system for Lewis, i.e. not an issue with components supplied to us by a third party,” a spokesman from Mercedes confirmed.

“The relevant parts will be replaced for qualifying. The result was a disc failure but not caused by an issue with the disc.”

Hamilton’s early lap was still good enough to give him P2 at the end of the session ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, while Kimi Raikkonen took fourth place for Ferrari.

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo ended FP3 fifth and sixth for Red Bull at its home track, while Haas enjoyed a strong showing to take P7 and P8 through Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean respectively.

Daniil Kvyat was ninth for Toro Rosso ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz Jr., who bounced back from an early engine issue to complete the top 10.

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

IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Mid-Ohio

IMSA Mid-Ohio points results
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Acura, Corvette and Lexus teams were the winners in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship points standings and results from Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Leading the way for the overall title were the DPi duo of Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves. The Acura No. 7 drivers earned their third consecutive victory for Team Penske, which last won three straight sports car races during the 2007 American Le Mans Series.

Other class winners at the Lexington, Ohio, road course were the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia in GTLM and the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 of Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in GTD.

Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio:

RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi division, the No. 10 Cadillac of Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande lead the points standings. No. 3 Corvette drivers Taylor and Garcia are tops in GTLM.

In GTD, the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 of Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry leads the points over Telitz and Hawksworth.


Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

Best sector times

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will race with its GT divisions Oct. 9-10 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.