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Vettel tops Hungary day two test as Norris, Kubica star

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Perhaps unfortunately for Sebastian Vettel, his leading the timesheets on Wednesday in the second day of the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test wasn’t the biggest story of the day.

The Formula 1 points leader, Hungary winner and Scuderia Ferrari driver ended with a best time of 1:17.124 after 40 laps of running.

He and teammate Kimi Raikkonen split duties – Raikkonen did 60 laps – in the day after Charles Leclerc led the timesheets aboard the same SF-17 chassis.

Behind Vettel it was the first of two other stars on the day who was next up. British teenager Lando Norris took like a duck to water to the McLaren Honda chassis and in 91 laps, ended second with a best time of 1:17.385.

The McLaren was well suited to the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest and Norris made sure to maximize his opportunity in his first proper day of Formula 1 running.

Probably the biggest headline generating driver of the day was Robert Kubica, the Pole back in a modern Formula 1 car for the first time since his rally accident nearly cost him not just his career, but his life in 2011.

Driving the Renault R.S.17, Kubica completed 142 laps and ended fourth with a best time of 1:18.572. The lap count was second only to Luca Ghiotto of Williams, the Italian driver having run 161 laps.

Elsewhere Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat split running at Toro Rosso, youngsters Lucas Auer and Nikita Mazepin did the same at Force India, Ghiotto ran for Williams, Nobuharo Matsushita took over at Sauber, Pierre Gasly ran for Red Bull and George Russell (Mercedes) and Santino Ferrucci (Haas) continued with their teams for a second day.

Times are below, and with this test in the books, the F1 summer break finally begins.

2016 Knoxville Nationals champ Jason Johnson succumbs to injuries from sprint car crash

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Former Knoxville Nationals champion sprint car driver Jason Johnson has died from injuries suffered in a crash Saturday night in a World of Outlaws race at Beaver Dam (Wisconsin) Raceway).

Known as the “Ragin’ Cajun” for his aggressive style of racing, Johnson, 41, passed away this morning, according to an announcement by WoO. He was one of the most respected and well-liked drivers on the circuit by both fellow competitors and fans.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson, a Eunice, Louisiana resident, was racing for the lead in the main event on the one-third-mile clay track with eventual race winner Daryn Pitman, when Johnson crashed on Lap 18 shortly after a restart.

Johnson’s car left the track surface in Turn 3 and flew through at least one billboard adjacent to the racetrack, according to media and witness reports.

It took rescue workers several minutes to extricate Johnson, who was taken by ambulance to a local hospital before being airlifted to Aurora Summit Hospital in Summit, Wisconsin, according to the Journal Sentinel report.

How many will remember Johnson:

Johnson, who won the 2016 Knoxville Nationals – the sport’s biggest race – in Iowa in storybook fashion, had been a primarily part-time racer on various sprint car circuits from 1998 until he went full-time on the Outlaws series, capturing Rookie of the Year honors in 2015.

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Johnson had 12 wins on the Outlaws circuit, including two victories this season.

The Journal Sentinel also posted a statement from SLS Promotions, which promoted Saturday’s race:

“Everyone at SLS Promotions offers our deepest, most sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to Bobbi Johnson (Jason’s wife), Jaxx Johnson (the couple’s son) and the entire Johnson family and JJR Racing team.

“Jason was a great competitor and true ambassador for the sport. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him during his time on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series trail. Jason will never be forgotten”

Other notables also commented on his death on social media:

According to the Journal Sentinel, Johnson is the second driver in four years to die at the small track northwest of Milwaukee. In September 2014, Scott Semmelann, 47, was killed there while practicing for an Interstate Racing Association event.

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