WATCH LIVE: German GP Qualifying – Nico versus Lewis

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If practice is anything to go by, we’ve got another all-Mercedes tussle for pole position during qualifying for the German Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg lock horns once again.

The two championship protagonists are separated by just four points, and although you get nothing for pole position on a Saturday, at Hockenheim, starting from P1 will give you a clear advantage heading into the sweeping first corner.

You can watch qualifying for the German Grand Prix live on CNBC from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Rosberg appeared to have the upper hand in the final practice session on Saturday morning as he gapped Hamilton by a full six-tenths of a second. The Briton did complain of a problem with his brakes, and as we saw during FP2 on Friday, he certainly has the pace to edge out the home favorite this weekend.

Another German driver, Sebastian Vettel, will be hoping to prove in qualifying that he has the pace to get in the mix for just his third podium finish of the season. His championship defence has wilted this year thanks to the RB10 car, but a good result at home will still be his objective. The likes of Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas may have something to say about that, though.

You can watch qualifying for the German Grand Prix live on CNBC from 8am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.