The opening race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg was an absolutely cracking way to start the new era in the sport.

At the centre of the 110 lap race was the clash between Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the closing stages of the race as the pair fought for the lead of the event.

Wickens who had completely dominated the weekend, grabbing pole on Saturday and leading the race for 69 laps on Sunday was set for his maiden race win however, with just two laps remaining as Wickens and Rossi battled into Turn 1, Rossi tagged Wickens sending the Canadian into a spin.

While Rossi recovered to finish on the podium in third place, Wickens was classified in 18th place.

Following the race, the pair played the blame game with Rossi saying that Wickens hadn’t given him room and Wickens saying that he had defended his line which is what the Canadian was entitled to do.

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