WATCH LIVE: Hungarian GP race day on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET

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Lewis Hamilton heads into Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix with his sights firmly set on extending his Formula 1 drivers’ championship lead with another victory at the Hungaroring.

The British driver currently leads Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 17 points at the top of the standings, and knows that a fifth win in Hungary on Sunday would provide a very healthy buffer to take into the summer break.

Victory would also see Hamilton become the most successful driver in the history of the Hungarian Grand Prix. No driver has won the race on five occasions, but after finishing fastest in FP1, FP2, FP3, Q1, Q2 and Q3, it is hard to bet against Hamilton.

You can watch the Hungarian Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Rosberg has struggled to match Hamilton throughout the weekend, falling half a second behind in qualifying on Saturday. The German driver will be hoping to get a strong start and get in front of Hamilton early on, but will need a perfect display if he is to challenge for the race win.

Just behind, Ferrari and Red Bull are set to enjoy a close scrap for the final podium position in Hungary. Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo start on the second row of the grid, and with their teammates lurking behind, we could be in for a fascinating battle on Sunday.

Be sure to check out our ‘what to watch for’ post ahead of the race, which will start at 8am ET.

You can watch the Hungarian Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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