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Mercedes’ triple threat: Testing in one place, celebrating in two more

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Tuesday has been a busy day for Mercedes AMG Petronas, with a mix of tire testing and celebrating its third straight driver’s World Championship.

Just two days after Nico Rosberg beat him to the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship, Lewis Hamilton returned to the cockpit of the Mercedes as part of Pirelli’s final day of 2017 tire testing at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Problem was, while Hamilton was scheduled to do the whole day, Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein wound up taking over later in the day once Hamilton completed the early runs.

The German, who raced for Manor this season and is yet to finalize where he’ll be racing in 2017, was on standby and took over once Hamilton felt unwell, Mercedes confirmed.

Photos from that test are below:

Meanwhile, with Hamilton and Wehrlein on test duties, Rosberg joined more of his team in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, home of Mercedes title sponsor Petronas, for championship celebration there.

Lest Malaysia be the only site of celebrating, you can see it back at Mercedes’ team headquarters too – Brackley and Brixworth.

Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSNโ€™s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

โ€œWe are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,โ€ NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. โ€œThe 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

โ€œThe move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.โ€

Hereโ€™s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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