WATCH LIVE: Mercedes looks to make it five from five in Spain

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After locking out the front row of the grid during qualifying yesterday, Mercedes will be chasing its fifth straight win at today’s Spanish Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton leading the charge from pole position.

You can watch the Spanish Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET. CLICK HERE for live stream.

Hamilton himself is looking to win his fourth straight race in Spain, and it would be his first victory at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya if he can indeed pull it off. However, with teammate Nico Rosberg waiting in the wings, he will have a fight on his hands to seize the lead of the drivers’ championship from the German.

Daniel Ricciardo will lead Red Bull’s efforts from third place. Sebastian Vettel was slapped with a five place grid penalty following a gearbox change due to a failure in Q3, and will start down in 15th. Valtteri Bottas and Romain Grosjean were the surprise packages of qualifying, and will start fourth and fifth respectively.

The Spanish Grand Prix is certainly hotting up to be a close one, so make sure that you tune in from 7:30am ET on NBCSN and Live Extra. CLICK HERE for live stream.

Recapping the proper Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel rivalry (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).

However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.

However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.

Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.

 

Take a look behind the scenes of Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 qualifying runs (VIDEO)

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In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth. 

Simulator ride tells what Fernando Alonso can expect in Indianapolis 500 (VIDEO)

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On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).

Check out the above video.  

Legendary announcer Ken Squier gets you ready for Sunday’s big day of racing (VIDEO)

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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.

Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).