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Ricciardo puts Red Bull on top of Wednesday F1 testing

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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.

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Gabby Chaves to sub for Joao Barbosa at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

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Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.

The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.

Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.

“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”

Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”

Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.

The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.

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