WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the German Grand Prix

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After Nico Rosberg made a perfect start to his German Grand Prix weekend by topping FP1 at Hockenheim, teammate Lewis Hamilton will be looking to strike back during second practice this afternoon.

You can watch FP2 live on Live Extra from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Rosberg edged out Hamilton in the first session on Friday morning, finishing less than a tenth of a second quicker than his teammate. The Briton did show some impressive pace though, and will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with this weekend. We look set for another tight tussle at the front of the field in Germany.

For Rosberg, the pressure is on to continue Germany’s sporting success. Last Sunday, the national soccer team won the FIFA World Cup, and that’s certainly being felt around the paddock at Hockenheim. Mercedes’ motorhome has been given a fresh livery honoring the team, and Rosberg himself has a World Cup helmet for the weekend.

FP1 saw a tight battle to be best of the rest. Fernando Alonso was the eventual victor, finishing third, but the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen are all in the frame to fight for P3 in qualifying and the race. FP2 should give us an idea of everyone’s respective race pace for Sunday.

FP2 begins at 8am ET and is live on Live Extra. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

If you cannot join us live, the encore will be shown at 2:30pm ET on NBCSN.

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.