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Days after controversy, Hamilton wipes Instagram, deletes tweets

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Days after issuing an apology over comments made towards his nephew during an Instagram post, four-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton’s social media channels have been undergoing something of an overhaul.

Hamilton faced a backlash online over the holiday period after telling his nephew in a video that “boys don’t wear princess dresses”, later deleting the post and apologizing for his comments.

One of F1’s most prolific social media users, Hamilton’s Instagram account holding 5.7 million followers was wiped of all posts on Friday.

This was followed on Saturday by the removal of a number of tweets from Hamilton’s Twitter account, including the apology for his previous comments.

While a number of replies to fans remain, just two regular tweets remain since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in June.

The removal of the posts sparked talk on social media about the motive behind it, including links to another high-profile figure to have also wiped their Instagram earlier this year: Taylor Swift, days before she released some new music.

Will Power nips Jack Harvey at finish to pace Road America practice

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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).

Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).

Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.

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IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool. The pieces tried by IndyCar during the Road America practice won’t be available during the races Saturday and Sunday at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.

Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest in the 75-minute session. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).

Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSNNBC Sports Gold).

The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.