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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.

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.