WATCH LIVE: Hamilton looks to double up in FP2

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After finishing the first practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix at the top of the timesheets, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is looking to make it two from two this afternoon in the second session.

You can watch FP2 live from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

The first session saw a number of drivers test out new parts on their cars, with varying levels of success. Jenson Button spent most of the session in P1 until Hamilton knocked him off with a few minutes to go, but for Sebastian Vettel, it was a difficult session. With less than half an hour gone, he was forced to pull over at the side of the track due to a problem. He will miss FP2 as a result.

For FP2, everyone will begin to focus on their long run pace and continue to evaluate the new updates and parts on the cars.

CLICK HERE for live stream, and be sure to follow @F1onNBCSports on Twitter for more details.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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