FIA Formula 2

Leclerc goes six for six on 2017 F2 poles at Silverstone

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Charles Leclerc continued his perfect run of pole positions in Formula 2 after topping qualifying for the sixth time this season on Friday at Silverstone.

Leclerc moved up to F2 for 2017 after winning the GP3 title last year, and is already on a march to back-to-back championships after a stunning start to the season for Prema Racing.

Leclerc arrived at Silverstone 49 points clear in the drivers’ standings, and extended his advantage to 53 by picking up four bonus points for taking his sixth straight pole on Friday.

The Ferrari racer finished four-tenths of a second clear of title rival and home favorite Oliver Rowland through qualifying, turning in a best lap time of 1:38.427.

Norman Nato took third place for Arden ahead of Jordan King and Artem Markelov, who rounded out the top five.

The Formula 2 races from Silverstone will be streamed live on the NBC Sports app this weekend at the following times:

Feature Race: 7/15 10:00am ET – STREAM
Sprint Race: 8/15 4:20am ET – STREAM

Reviewing Danica Patrick’s highs and lows at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.

It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.

In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.

“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.

Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.

For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.