Hill: Hamilton could be impossible to beat

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1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill believes that Lewis Hamilton might already be on track to win his second championship after making a scintillating start to the 2014 season.

Hamilton took the lead of the drivers’ championship following last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, where he claimed his fourth straight win. The Briton appears to be in a good place both on and off track, and Hill believes that he might already be unbeatable.

“Up until this season, it always looked like Lewis’s focus could go at any time,” he told journalists at Silverstone yesterday. “He now seems to have the demeanour of someone who is totally content.

“He is so focused on the job, I think he will be almost impossible to beat.”

Hill was at Silverstone yesterday at the first in a series of events celebrating the 50th British Grand Prix to be held at the circuit in Northamptonshire, where was reunited with his title-winning Williams FW18 car. He went on to speak about the history and heritage of the race, which has been held every year since the beginning of the world championship in 1950.

“It’s great to be back here and reunited with the car that I won the World Championship in in 1996,” Hill said. “I’d like to think that winning the British Grand Prix is great for any driver, but particularly if you’re a British driver, there’s nothing like it.

“It is one of the biggest events of all the grands prix we go to. There’s such a massive crowd, and to get all that satisfaction and give people satisfaction with a victory at your home grand prix, you just can’t beat it.”

When Hamilton won the world championship in 2008, he became the first British driver since Hill to do so. Now, if Hill’s judgement that he is unbeatable turns out to be true, the Mercedes driver could be set to join the likes of Fernando Alonso, Jim Clark and Graham Hill – Damon’s father – on two world titles.

This year also marks 50 years since the first British Grand Prix was held at Brands Hatch. The Kent circuit shared the hosting rights with Silverstone between 1964 and 1986, but has not hosted a grand prix since.

Make sure to follow all of Friday’s Indy 500 ‘Carb Day’ action on NBCSN from Indianapolis

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It’s known as “Carburetor Day” – or in its simplest term, just “Carb Day.”

But the final day of on-track action Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is so much more.

Especially on NBCSN, which will have wall-to-wall live coverage starting Friday morning.

Here’s how Friday’s schedule breaks down:

  • 11 a.m. ET: Carb Day kicks off with the final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500. The session will last one hour in length.
  • 12 p.m. ET: We’re going racing! Strap in for coverage of the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 on the famous Brickyard.
  • 1:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have coverage of the annual IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge. Which teams have the best – and most importantly, fastest and accurate – pit crews? Team Penske has won 10 of the last 12, including the last two years edging out Schmidt Peterson Motorsports each time. Who can potentially beat them this year?
  • 3:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have our annual Motorsports Special. Among segments included will be:

    1) 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will discuss how it used to upset him when people suggested he “backed into” his big win and how he didn’t really feel vindicated until he qualified on the front row for last year’s race.
    2) Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver to ever win at Indianapolis, discusses the impact of his big win personally and professionally, particularly back in his native land.
    3) An essay by Robin Miller on Stefan Wilson giving up his ride last year to allow Fernando Alonso to race for Andretti Autosport.

Check your local listings for replay times.

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