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British Grand Prix live across CNBC, NBC Sports App this weekend

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Formula 1 completes another back-to-back run of races with this weekend’s British Grand Prix from Silverstone, coming a week after the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend.

CNBC will air live TV coverage of both qualifying and the race, with all sessions being broadcast live on the NBC Sports app. NBCSN air FP2 on same day delay and re-air qualifying on Saturday.

Race day coverage begins live on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC, with qualifying being shown on Saturday live at 8 a.m. ET on CNBC.

Second practice will be shown live on the NBC Sports app from 8 a.m. ET on Friday before being replayed on NBCSN at 2 p.m. ET.

FP1 and FP3 will also be live on the NBC Sports app on Friday at 4 a.m. ET and Saturday at 5 a.m. ET respectively.

The ebb and flow of the 2017 Formula 1 season continued in Austria as, like in Russia, Valtteri Bottas stormed to a decisive victory courtesy of an excellent start and a brilliant defense against Sebastian Vettel. It has moved Bottas into serious championship discussion, just 15 points behind his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton now sits 20 points behind championship leader Vettel, who has gained 14 points on Hamilton over the last four races and finished ahead of him at Monaco, Azerbaijan and Austria. The fourth race in that stretch though was Canada.

As Canada was a happy hunting ground for Hamilton – he banked his sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory there last month – so too is his home country of Great Britain, where he’s enjoyed a lot of recent success.

Hamilton won his first British Grand Prix in epic style in the rain in 2008, and has added three straight wins here the last three years, giving him four overall at Silverstone.

With Nico Rosberg having won in 2013, it’s been since 2012 since a driver from a team other than Mercedes has won here – that was Mark Webber for Red Bull.

Vettel’s lone win at Silverstone came in 2009 with Red Bull. Ferrari, meanwhile, hasn’t won in Silverstone since 2011 with Fernando Alonso.

Beyond Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen is the only other active British Grand Prix winner in the field – he won in his 2007 World Championship season with Ferrari – but he hasn’t looked a winner much of this year.

Among others to watch, Max Verstappen was second here last year but is mired in a rut of five DNFs in seven races, while teammate Daniel Ricciardo looks to grow his podium streak to six races in a row. He was third at Silverstone in 2014.

Bottas posted an incredible 14th to second place run in 2014 here with Williams, and looked a potential winner the next year before Williams misfired on his and Felipe Massa’s strategy, and both drivers fell off the podium to fourth and fifth.

Jolyon Palmer is the other British driver in the field, racing on home soil, but the Renault driver is yet to score a point this season. Doing so at Silverstone would be a good result for the sophomore who’s finished 11th, one spot outside the points, on numerous occasions this year.

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

  • Practice 1: Friday, July 14, 4 a.m.-5:30 a.m. ET (Story; Full replay)
  • Practice 2: Friday, July 14, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ET (Story; Full replay)
  • Practice 2 (Replay): Friday, July 14, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Practice 3: Saturday, July 15, 5 a.m.-6 a.m. ET (Full replay)
  • Qualifying: Saturday, July 15, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ET (CNBC)
  • Qualifying (Replay): Saturday, July 15, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
  • Pre-Race: Sunday, July 16, 7:30 a.m.-8 a.m. ET (CNBC)
  • Race: Sunday, July 16, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. ET (Story; Full replay)
  • Post-Race: Sunday, July 16, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET (CNBC)

The next race is the Hungarian Grand Prix, on July 30.

McLaren almost back on schedule with 2018 F1 car after delay

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McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.

McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.

The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.

“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.

“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.

“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.

“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.

“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”