WATCH LIVE: Mercedes chases fifth straight pole in Spanish GP qualifying

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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.

UPDATE 2: INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama once again under red-flag race stoppage

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UPDATE No. 2: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was closing in on restarting on Lap 23 or 24 before officials threw the second red flag race stoppage because of lingering puddles on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, particularly on the front stretch. We’ll keep you updated as situations warrant.

UPDATE No. 1: The INDYCAR Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is under a red-flag race stoppage after 19 laps due to rain and puddling on the racing surface at Barber Motorsports Park.

Cleaners and dryers are on the track to try and get some of the water off the racing surface. The low spots on the track, as well as the front stretch, have been particularly troublesome and led to several spinouts and at least two wrecks (Charlie Kimball and outside front pole sitter Will Power).

Power’s day is done after suffering irreparable damage to the left side of his car after hydroplaning on the front straight and running into the inside retaining wall.

ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:

Although rain has been falling for nearly an hour and the Barber Motorsports Park 2.3-mile permanent road course is drenched, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is underway on NBCSN.

The start of the race was moved up from 3:38 p.m. ET to take the green flag at 3:08 p.m. ET.

Josef Newgarden is the defending winner of this race and also will start from the pole for today’s race.

While the race is scheduled for 90 laps, there’s a possibility that if the weather worsens or if lightning appears, it could potentially be shortened to just two hours.

As can be expected, all cars are on rain tires to maximize grip.

Catch the race live on NBCSN.