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.

MRTI: Saturday Barber Notebook

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Both the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires completed their first races of the weekend on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park.

Indy Lights saw a pair of teammates battle for the win, while a series veteran suffered first lap trouble for the second race in a row.

In Pro Mazda, things were much more straightforward, as a title contender ran away to a dominant win from the pole.

Reports on both series are below.

Indy Lights: O’Ward Withstands Herta Challenge for Race 1 Victory

Lap 1 told the tale for Indy Lights Race 1, as Colton Herta led from the pole, but Pato O’Ward was able to sneak by on the inside entering Turn 5.

O’Ward subsequently had to withstand a race-long challenge from Herta, who kept the gap at less than one second between the two Andretti Autosport affiliated drivers – Herta races under the Andretti Steinbrenner Racing banner – for most of the 30-lap race. But, O’Ward kept Herta at bay to take the win by one-and-a-half seconds at the checkered flag.

This is also O’Ward’s second win in three races in the 2018 season.

Belardi Auto Racing’s Santi Urrutia finished third, followed by Juncos Racing’s Victor Franzoni, and Ryan Norman finished fifth to put three Andretti Autosport affiliated drivers in the Top 5.

Meanwhile, Belardi’s Aaron Telitz endured a second consecutive race in which he failed to complete a lap, after he was collected in a Lap 1, Turn 2 spin with Dalton Kellett. Kellett, who spun on his own, was able to continue despite the contact, but Telitz suffered damage to the right-front suspension, forcing him to retire without completing a lap for the second race in a row.

Results are below. Race 2 rolls off at 1:00 p.m. ET.

 

Pro Mazda: Thompson Roles to Dominant Race 1 Victory

Exclusive Autosport’s Parker Thompson dominated Race 1, leading all 25 laps from the pole on his way to victory. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

Race 1 for Pro Mazda was hardly ever in doubt. Polesitter Parker Thompson, who soared to pole with a track record in qualifying, led right from the drop of the green flag to lead all 25 laps on his way to winning Race 1.

Thompson had to withstand a brief challenge from RP Motorsport’s Harrison Scott on a Lap 4 restart – a caution was flown for debris on the front straightaway on Lap 2 – but Thompson immediately began gapping the field again, and the Exclusive Autosport driver won by over five seconds.

Scott came home in second, while BN Racing’s David Malukas, Team Pelfrey’s Andres Gutierrez, and Juncos Racing’s Rinus VeeKay battled for third, with Malukas holding off Gutierrez and VeeKay to take the final spot on the podium.

Results are below. Pro Mazda Race 2 rolls off at 10:50 a.m. ET on Sunday.

 

Check back later for driver quotes.

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