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WATCH LIVE: Hungarian GP on NBCSN, NBC Sports app from 7am ET

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Formula 1’s annual trip to the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the final race before the championship’s summer break, kicks off a busy day of racing across the NBC Sports Group networks, and can be seen live on NBCSN from 7 a.m. ET.

F1 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX LIVE STREAM

Pre-race coverage runs for an hour from 7 a.m. ET through to 8 a.m. ET, with lights out at that point.

The stage is set for Scuderia Ferrari to potentially capitalize on its excellent qualifying performance, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on the front row. Mercedes AMG Petronas, meanwhile, has an uphill climb with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton on the second row, and the Red Bull Racing pair of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo poised to spoil the party.

Heading into today’s race, a single point separates Vettel (177) from Hamilton (176). Hamilton has five past Hungarian Grand Prix victories while Vettel has but one.

If Hamilton wins today he’ll be the first driver to have won back-to-back races this season, which would come in the 11th round of the season.

But if Vettel wins, he will match Hamilton with four wins this year and head into the summer break riding a wave of momentum.

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

You can watch the Hungarian Grand Prix live on NBC and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET. CLICK HERE for NBC 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 Budapest.

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

Hartley’s F1 grid penalty streak continues in Abu Dhabi

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Brendon Hartley’s record of receiving a grid penalty at every Formula 1 race he has started is set to continue in Abu Dhabi this weekend after Toro Rosso was forced to change part of his Renault power unit following the last race in Brazil.

Since making his F1 debut at the United States Grand Prix last month, Hartley has faced a grid drop at all three races he has started so far amid ongoing reliability difficulties for power unit supplier Renault.

After being forced to retire from the last race in Brazil two weeks ago due to an engine issue, Hartley has received a 10-place grid penalty for Abu Dhabi after it was confirmed Toro Rosso had changed the MGU-H on his power unit.

Hartley is yet to score any points in F1, having retired from two of his three races so far to make his debut run to P13 in Austin his best result to date.

The Toro Rosso driver finished 20th in FP1 and 19th in FP2 during Friday’s practice sessions in Abu Dhabi as he continued to get to grips with the Yas Marina Circuit.