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F1: Bottas beats Hamilton to pole in Austria

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Mercedes continued its dominant form in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, but it was not Lewis Hamilton on pole.

Instead, teammate Valtteri Bottas beat Hamilton by one hundredth of a second to claim his first pole of the 2018 season.

It gives Bottas his fifth career pole, and his second in Austria – he also won the pole last year, and went to on win the next day.

Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen qualified third and fourth, though Vettel will be penalized three grid places for impeding Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. As such, Vettel will start sixth.

Red Bull Racing utilized an odd strategy in which they tried to get the RB18s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo to slip stream each other for better straight-line speed, but it ultimately backfired and created tension within the team – Ricciardo voiced his displeasure over the radio that it pointless for him to “punch a hole” for his teammate.

Verstappen ended up fifth with Ricciardo in seventh, with Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean putting himself in between them in sixth.

Grosjean’s teammate Kevin Magnussen was eighth in a solid outing for Haas, with Renault teammates Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg filling out the top 10.

Results are below. Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix rolls off at 9:00 a.m. ET.


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.


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.



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


—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold


—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