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WATCH LIVE: Canadian GP on NBC, NBC Sports app from 2pm ET

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The first of two North American rounds for Formula 1 takes place today, with the annual Canadian Grand Prix from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal always one of the highlights of the season.

F1 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX LIVE STREAM

Saturday was a historic day as Lewis Hamilton claimed his 65th career pole, which tied him with the late Ayrton Senna for second all-time on Formula 1’s pole position standings.

Hamilton will go for his third win of the year and sixth in the Canadian Grand Prix today from pole. If he can pull it off it will help cut into Sebastian Vettel’s 25-point lead in the championship.

Vettel, meanwhile, looks for his fourth win of the year and tries to be the first driver to win back-to-back races this season. He starts second.

If the front row combatants run into trouble, what becomes of the rest of the field?

You can see a full run-down of what to watch for in today’s race in our Sunday preview.

You can watch the Canadian Grand Prix live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 2pm ET. CLICK HERE for NBC live stream.

F1 Countdown begins at 1:30pm ET on the NBC Sports app, and runs until the NBC coverage begins. CLICK HERE for NBCSN live stream.

You can also try out a new ‘Mosaic View’ for the race that includes the race simulcast, in-car cameras, driver tracker and pit lane cam. CLICK HERE to watch the Mosaic View live stream.

Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett will be on the call, with pit reporter Will Buxton providing updates and interviews throughout the race from Montreal.

Also be sure to follow the @F1onNBCSports Twitter account for live updates throughout the race.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”