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Vettel boosted by Brazil win after ‘tough couple of weeks’ for Ferrari

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Sebastian Vettel was glad to deliver Ferrari its first Formula 1 win since the end of July after controlling proceedings in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, bouncing back from a “tough couple of weeks”.

Vettel led the F1 drivers’ championship for Ferrari from the opening round in Australia until the Italian Grand Prix in September, only for reliability issues across the Asian flyaways to severely dent his hopes of a fifth title.

Vettel’s defeat to Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship was confirmed two weeks ago in Mexico, with Ferrari having lost the constructors’ title to Mercedes one week earlier.

Despite the result having no bearing on the championship, Vettel was delighted to deliver Ferrari its first win since Hungary and bounce back after a rough period, having overhauled Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas early on en route to victory.

“Initially I had a very good getaway and then I had some wheelspin, so I thought that I’ve missed my chance,” Vettel said.

“But I think Valtteri was struggling even more off the line so I really had the chance to squeeze him on the inside line, I think I surprised him a bit, which obviously was very crucial.

“After that, I was pushing, after the safety car, for 65 laps flat out. I was trying to give everything to pull a little bit of a gap and control the race from there.

“I’m really happy especially for all the guys in the team and back home in Maranello. They’ve been working so hard.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks for us, but nice to get it to the end and have both cars up here.”

Vettel headed up a double-podium finish for Ferrari as teammate Kimi Raikkonen took third, with the German’s result also putting him on the brink of securing P2 in the drivers’ championship.

Vettel enters the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi 22 points clear of Mercedes rival Bottas, meaning a top-eight finish will be enough to clinch runner-up in the final standings.

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