After dominating all three practice sessions so far this weekend, Mercedes is looking to continue this good form during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix and secure its fifth pole position in a row.
You can watch qualifying live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via livestream.
Lewis Hamilton is currently the man in form after winning the last three races, but teammate Nico Rosberg still leads the championship by four points. Both have excelled thanks to the brilliant W05 Hybrid car, which is a cut above the rest of the field.
The race in Spain sees a number of teams introduce updates for their cars, and it was thought that this could result in a reshuffling of the pecking order. Red Bull and Ferrari both thought that they could cut the gap to Mercedes at the front, but the opposite has instead proven to be true. The Silver Arrows appear to be further ahead than ever, and anything but a Mercedes win would be a surprise this weekend.
Nevertheless, we are set for another tantalizing battle for pole between Hamilton and Rosberg, so be sure to join us from 8am ET on NBCSN and Live Extra. CLICK HERE to watch via livestream.
Red Bull Global Rallycross will have new rubber going forward in the 2018 season.
Continental Tire the Americas on Tuesday announced a multi-year partnership with GRC starting with the upcoming racing season.
Continental Tire will be the exclusive tire provider for Supercars, GRC Lites and Polaris RZR this season. Electric vehicles will be added to the mix starting in 2019.
“Continental Tire is an industry leader in technical tire development,” Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne said in a media release. “Their experience in developing tires that work in both pavement and non-pavement situations, as well as their ability to develop race tires for a wide variety of vehicles, tracks and circumstances make them the ideal partner.
“As the official tire supplier for the Red Bull GRC series, they will bring a new level of excellence and high performance to the events.”
This will be Continental Tire’s first foray into Red Bull GRC competition. The season opener is set for May 19-20 in Louisville, Kentucky.
GRC, Supercar and GRC Lites cars will use one compound while a second compound/tire will be developed for the Polaris RZR side-by-side class.
“We’re thrilled to add Global Rallycross to our motorsports portfolio,” said John DeSalle, president of Continental Tire Motorsports. “We’re looking forward to providing a tire that will give the fans the great racing they expect while also making it fun for the drivers.
“This series is action-packed and we can’t wait to get on track!”
The 2018 GRC season will be composed of 12 events across eight events and will be televised on NBC.