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F1: Leclerc, Vettel fastest in final practice for Bahrain GP

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Once again, it was a Ferrari 1-2 at the top of the speed charts in the third and final practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have been the team to beat throughout all three practice sessions this weekend, previously sitting at the top of the speed charts in the first and second practice sessions, both which were held on Friday.

In FP3, Leclerc set the fastest lap around the 3.363-mile Bahrain International Circuit with an elapsed time of 1:29.569. Vettel was second fastest with a time of 1:29.738.

Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton (1:30.334) and Valtteri Bottas (1:30.389) finished the session third and fourth fastest, respectively, and Romain Grosjean (1:30.818) was the fastest Haas entry, finishing fifth.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, Lando Norris, Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10.

Full FP3 results are below:

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Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.