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F1: Raikkonen on pole as Ferrari lock-out front row for Italian Grand Prix

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Ferrari brought the home crowd to their feet during qualifying for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, with Kimi Raikkonen taking the pole and Sebastian Vettel flanking him in second, giving Ferrari a front row lock-out in their home race.

The record-setting qualifying saw Raikkonen, Vettel, and Lewis Hamilton set and reset lap records on their first timed laps in Q3, setting the stage for a dramatic closing minutes.

Critically, Raikkonen was the last on the road of the trio, meaning he was in position to get a tow from Vettel and Hamilton.

While Hamilton improved his lap time in hopes of consolidating the pole, Vettel bettered him only a few seconds later, with Raikkonen then bettering the both of them immediately after.

The pole is Raikkonen’s first of the 2018 season, and his first since the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix.

Behind the Ferrari duo came the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen rounded out the top five.

Romain Grosjean, Carlos Sainz Jr., and Esteban Ocon take up sixth, seventh and eighth, while Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll put in stellar performances to end up ninth and tenth.

Of note: Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg advanced to Q2, but will start at the back of the grid due to grid penalties for power unit changes.

Results are below.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.