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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.

Carb Day: Tony Kanaan is fastest in final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500

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Tony Kanaan wants to put legendary driver and team owner A.J. Foyt back into Victory Lane at the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan took a big step toward achieving that goal in Friday’s final practice for Sunday’s 102nd running of the Greatest Spectacle In Racing.

Kanaan was fastest of the 33-driver field, with a best lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at 227.791 mph, more than 2 mph faster than the second-fastest driver, Kanaan’s former teammate, Scott Dixon (225.684 mph).

Foyt won a record-tying four Indy 500’s as a driver. It’s been nearly 20 years since he also won as a team owner in 1999 with Kenny Brack behind the wheel.

Marco Andretti was third-fastest (225.200 mph), followed by Sebastien Bourdais (224.815), Charlie Kimball (224.712), 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato (224.083), Will Power (223.942), Danica Patrick (223.653), Spencer Pigot (223.584) and Ed Jones (223.556).

Other notable driver speeds included:

* Pole sitter Ed Carpenter was 14th fastest (223.219 mph).

* Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden was 15th (223.186 mph).

* Helio Castroneves, hoping to earn a record-tying fourth 500 win, was 17th (222.913 mph).

* Graham Rahal was 21st (222.526).

* Former 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was 26th (221.916 mph), followed by rookie Robert Wickens (221.821 mph), carrying the mantle for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with James Hinchcliffe having failed to qualify for the race.

* The biggest surprise was 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, who was 32nd fastest (221.374 mph).

We’ll have the full speed grid, as well as full driver quotes, shortly. Please check back soon.

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