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F1: Recapping the past week’s news

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Force India Enters Administration

Although they competed at last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the Force India Formula 1 team was entered into administration on the Friday of the Grand Prix weekend (July 27).

The team has been in financial trouble for quite some time as team owner Vijay Mallya battles an extradition to India on fraud charges – he was initially arrested last April – and things boiled to a head leading up to the Hungarian Grand Prix.

However, in a bizarre twist, current Force India driver Sergio Perez, whose sponsors help fund the team, initiated the administration process. But, he later revealed that it came at the request of the team to ensure they can continue to compete while the process of finding new ownership takes place.

“The team asked me to do it. Otherwise, it would have been very bad,” Perez said in a story posted on BBC Sport’s website. “It was very tricky and difficult. Every day really counted and I was told to help the team, to secure those jobs and that is the main reason behind it. It was a very difficult decision for me because I am in the middle of it, but the picture will look bigger in the near future.”

Indeed if that hadn’t occurred, the team may have likely shuttered.

“The bottom line is that we did it, or the team goes bust,” Perez asserted. “Emotionally and mentally it has been really tough. I haven’t been able to focus on being a racing driver.”

Another new wrinkle is the potential that Mercedes could essentially turn Force India into their own junior team of sorts if they acquire a majority ownership stake. As such, McLaren, Renault, and Williams are seeking assurance that such a scenario will not play out, as detailed in another BBC Sport piece.

Regardless, while Force India may continue to compete for the remainder of the season, the overall outlook of the team remains up in the air as they seek new ownership.

Mercedes’ George Russell Ends post-Hungary Testing on Top

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 05: George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 5, 2018 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Several Formula 1 teams stayed at the Hungaroring following the Grand Prix for testing this week. And while Ferrari’s reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi was fastest on the first day, Mercedes’ reserve driver George Russell topped the charts on the second day.

The 20-year-old Briton, who currently leads the FIA Formula 2 championship, turned in a quick lap of 1:15.575, bettering Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by just under one tenth of a second.

Red Bull Racing’s Jake Dennis was third, with Giovinazzi fourth – completed the second day with Sauber. Force India test driver Nikita Mazepin was fifth.

Results from both days can be found on Formula 1’s website – Day 1 can be found here, with Day 2 here.

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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.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

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.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

—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