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Spanish GP kicks off F1’s traditional European season on NBCSN

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The Spanish Grand Prix kicks off Formula 1’s traditional European season this week, at the track where the 2017 cars have had their most running but where most teams will bring upgrades from their cars in the first four races.

Live race coverage is on NBCSN this weekend with live qualifying on CNBC on Saturday.

Variety has dominated the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with 10 winners in the last 10 years. Only Russian Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes AMG Petronas or Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo would be considered a realistic prospect to extend that run to 11 in 11, although few thought Max Verstappen could win on his debut with Red Bull this race last year.

Otherwise, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) or points leader Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) – each of whom has won here only once – will look to get back on top. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) is also keen to win his first race since the 2013 season opener in Australia.

Hometown star Fernando Alonso (McLaren Honda) looks merely for a finish after a troubled start to the season, in his last F1 race before he heads to Indianapolis for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

As noted above, all sessions will be broadcast on NBCSN, CNBC or via the NBC Sports App. Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett are on the call with Will Buxton reporting from the pits and paddock.

Here’s the schedule, with stream links and TV network if applicable:

The next race is the Monaco Grand Prix, on May 28.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.