WATCH LIVE: F1 2014 gets underway with Australian GP practice

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A new era of Formula 1 gets underway today with the first practice session for the Australian Grand Prix. You can watch the session live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

As per usual, Albert Park in Melbourne acts as the curtain raiser for the Formula 1 season, but with reliability being such a key concern for all of the teams at the opening round of the season, it could turn out to be a very interesting weekend.

Ahead of practice, Mercedes have been working on Lewis Hamilton’s car following an engine problem, whilst Red Bull are thought to have Sebastian Vettel’s RB10 in pieces, meaning that he may not get out until later on in the session.

For Williams, it is a very different story as both Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are ready to go and start a brand new era for the team following a barren few years in Formula 1.

Coverage of FP1 begins at 9:30pm ET. CLICK HERE to watch it live on Live Extra.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.