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F1 Paddock Pass: Japanese Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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The 2017 Formula 1 championship has taken another seismic turn in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton’s fourth win in the last five races since the summer break and with Sebastian Vettel’s latest retirement. Hamilton now leads the World Championship by 59 points with just four races remaining.

Recapping it all from the Suzuka International Circuit is the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, with post-race interviews and reactions after Round 16 of the year.

Check out the latest edition with NBCSN F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)