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F1: Sebastian Vettel wins pole for Canadian GP

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Sebastian Vettel will start from the pole position in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix after taking the pole away from Lewis Hamilton in his final flying lap of qualifying this afternoon.

The Ferarri driver set a new track record during with his fast lap of 1 minute, 10.240 seconds around Circuit Gilles Villenueve in Montreal.

“I’m full of adrenaline,” Vettel said following qualifying. “Very, very happy for the team. The last few weeks have been tough for us. The car felt good. I hope we can carry that into the race.”

Hamilton starts tomorrow afternoon’s race from P2, following a Q3 lap of 1 minute, 10.446 seconds. Charles Leclerc, Vettel’s Ferrari teammate, will roll off alongside Daniel Ricciardo in Row 2.

Pierre Gasly starts fifth for Red Bull, while Valtteri Bottas qualified a disappointing sixth in his Mercedes entry.

Nico Hulkenburg, Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz, and Kevin Magnussen qualified seventh through 10th, respectively, with Magnussen advancing into Q3 after a red flag that prematurely ended Q2.

Ironically, the red flag came out because Magnussen lost control on entry into the Turn 13 chicane before hitting both the ‘Wall of Champions’ and then the inside wall.

Magnussen walked away from the incident, but did not post a lap in Q3.

Montreal native Lance Stroll will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix from 18th for Racing Point.

Full qualifying results and times 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.