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Massa leads Monza FP3 washout as rain cuts running to 16 minutes

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Felipe Massa emerged as an unlikely leader in final Formula 1 practice for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday morning at Monza as rain cut running to just 16 minutes and allowed just seven drivers to post a time.

Heavy rain overnight and throughout the morning left the track soaked when the session was due to start at 11am local time, prompting officials to delay the start of FP3 indefinitely until conditions improved.

After a number of outings in the Safety Car to gauge conditions, FIA race director Charlie Whiting took advantage of an ease in the downpour to get the session under with 16 minutes left on the clock, giving teams a chance to venture out through the spray.

While every driver completed at least one installation lap, the majority of the field opted against putting in a time, fearful of damaging their cars ahead of qualifying.

Massa was able to emerge as the fastest driver with a couple of minutes to spare, his time of 1:40.660 giving him a lead of two-tenths of a second over Williams teammate Lance Stroll.

Nico Hulkenberg finished third for Renault ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Jolyon Palmer, while Marcus Ericsson and Daniil Kvyat were sixth and seventh, the last of the drivers with a time on the board.

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

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