IndyCar Paddock Pass: Toronto (VIDEO)

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NBCSN’s coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series continues this weekend with the series’ lone race trip outside the United States, to Exhibition Place for the Honda Indy Toronto (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, CNBC).

The NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass also continues for another episode as the series makes its final street course visit, and first since Detroit’s doubleheader the start of June.

Anders Krohn checks in for the latest edition of the show, which you can see below.

On tap in this week’s episode are interviews with Iowa winner Helio Castroneves, Detroit double winner Graham Rahal and past Toronto Indy Lights winner Spencer Pigot.

You can see the episode above. Past IndyCar Paddock Pass episodes are below:


Hamilton: Abu Dhabi ‘the last race with good-looking cars’ in F1

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Lewis Hamilton believes that this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be remembered as the last race with good-looking Formula 1 cars ahead of the introduction of the ‘Halo’ cockpit protection for next year.

Officials from the FIA and F1 Strategy Group confirmed earlier this year that the Halo would be fitted to all cars from the 2018 season in a bid to improve safety standards, with the deaths of Justin Wilson and Jules Bianchi putting head protection high on the agenda for the series’ chiefs.

Hamilton has long made his opposition to the Halo clear, believing it will ruin the look of F1 cars, and echoed his thoughts ahead of the final Halo-less race in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

“It’s the last year of looking good I think in the cars. It’s the last race where the cars will look good,” Hamilton said.

“I think next year, it’s all downhill from there in terms of how they look.

“But safety will go up at least, and maybe it could be successful in some way.”

Hamilton’s F1 title rival Sebastian Vettel was less bothered about the change, believing the field will adjust and move on.

“The cars will look different next year. Everything I’ve seen so far looks different, but on the other hand it is something we all get used to,” Vettel said.

“But no doubt the cars look better now, but we’ll get used to it, and we’ll work on the aesthetics so it can be better. It is less of a big deal.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo shared Vettel’s view, saying: “I don’t think it’s gonna be as dramatic as most people make it out to be.”