WATCH LIVE: Belgian GP Race Day – Nico and Lewis to the fore

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Following a close fight in qualifying yesterday, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are set to renew their tussle for supremacy at the front of the field in today’s Belgian Grand Prix.

For the first time since the Canadian Grand Prix back in June, our championship protagonists will start on the front of the grid together, setting the stage for a fascinating battle for victory at Spa-Francorchamps.

You can watch the Belgian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Rosberg will lead the grid away from pole position for the fourth race in a row after seeing off Hamilton’s challenge in the final part of qualifying. The two drivers traded fastest sector times in the final stages of Q3, but the German driver just had the edge come the checkered flag. Hamilton was left lamenting a brake problem, but still starts from his highest grid position since the race in Montreal.

Behind the Silver Arrows, Sebastian Vettel finished as the best of the rest in third place, and he will be gunning to score his third podium finish of the season today. He is likely to face a stiff challenge from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who starts in fourth place ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas.

The weather forecast is dry for the race, but after we got a taste of all four seasons in the space of a couple of hours yesterday at Spa, anything is possible. Either way, there’s going to be another fascinating battle at the front between Rosberg and Hamilton today.

You can watch the Belgian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET.

CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Lauda labels Verstappen USGP penalty ‘the worst I’ve ever seen’

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Mercedes Formula 1 non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has called the FIA stewards’ decision to penalize Max Verstappen for his last-lap pass on Kimi Raikkonen in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix as “the worst I’ve ever seen”.

Verstappen charged from 16th on the grid to take third place from Raikkonen on the last lap after a stunning fight through the field, completing the fightback with a bold pass in the final sector.

However, the stewards stripped Verstappen of P3 after he appeared to put all four wheels off the circuit when riding the kerb to pass Raikkonen, causing outcry in the F1 community.

Speaking to reporters after the race in Austin, Lauda condemned the stewards’ decision, slamming them for interfering in the late fight.

“We had meetings at the start of the year to see how far stewards should go in decisions during a race because it always says ‘under investigation’,” Lauda said, as quoted by Crash.net.

“So we complained about that and we agreed all together that the stewards would not interfere – very simple.

“If the driver goes over another and upside down, only then would they weigh in. That was at the beginning of last year.

“For six months it was OK, but this decision was the worst I’ve ever seen. He did nothing wrong.”

Lauda said F1 team bosses would discuss stewarding at the next Strategy Group meeting, which is due to be held in the next two weeks.

“These are racing drivers. We are not on the normal roads and it is ridiculous to destroy the sport with these kind of decisions,” Lauda said.

“At the next strategy meeting, we will put it back on the agenda and start all over again, because we cannot do that.

“They go too far and interfere and there was nothing to interfere with. It was normal overtaking.”