Wednesday saw Red Bull Racing back atop the time sheets during pre-season testing for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season, with Daniel Ricciardo turning a quick lap of 1:18.047 in the morning to also set a track record, and Ricciardo’s time held up the rest of the day.
Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were second and third, followed by Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in fourth and Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley in fifth.
McLaren F1 Team’s Fernando Alonso was sixth fastest, but the team continued to fight mechanical gremlins after a problematic Tuesday. Alonso suffered an oil leak on Wednesday that ultimately forced McLaren to completely swap out the Renault power unit in the MCL33 and they did not return to the track until the final minutes of testing.
Results from Wednesday’s testing can be found here. Testing continues on Thursday.
The NTT IndyCar Series is racing just outside of St. Louis this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway Gateway.
The last oval race of the season, tonight’s Bommarito Auto Motive Group promises to bring plenty of high-speed, high-stakes racing action under the lights.
Series point leader Josef Newgarden will start tonight’s race from the pole position, with Sebastian Bourdais starting alongside him in row one.
By winning the pole, Newgarden gained an additional championship point, which extends his lead over Alexander Rossi to 36 points.
Rossi start’s tonight’s race from the 11th position after an uncharacteristically poor qualifying run for the No. 27 team, while Simon Pagenaud (third in the standings, 41 points behind) will start from the fourth position and Scott Dixon (fourth in the standings, 53 points behind) will start from eighth.
Here is today’s schedule:
(All times are Eastern)
Saturday 8/24, 4:20 p.m. ET, Indy Lights race, NBC Sports Gold
Saturday 8/24, 8 p.m. ET, Bommarito Automotive Group 500, NBCSN and streaming live
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