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F1: Hamilton, Mercedes fastest on Friday in Austria

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes topped both of Friday’s practices for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix, with teammate Valtteri Bottas ending up second in both as well, making it a Mercedes 1-2 in each of Friday’s sessions.

Hamilton bettered his quick FP1 time of 1:04.839 with a 1:04.579 in FP2. Bottas similarly improved, going from a 1:04.966 in FP1 to a 1:04.755 in FP2.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third quickest in FP2, followed by the Red Bull Racing duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the sister Ferrari, following Haas F1 teammates Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen in seventh and eighth.

Pierre Gasly was ninth for Toro Rosso, overcoming suspension damage sustained after bounding over the curbing too hard – the incident subsequently sent him into a gravel trap. However, he returned to the track after repairs were made.

Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the top 10 for McLaren in a solid Friday outing for a team that struggled mightily for pace in last week’s French Grand Prix.

Results from FP2 can be found here. Qualifying rolls off Saturday morning at 8:55 a.m. ET.

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.