WATCH LIVE: The Mercedes rivalry prepares to explode in Monaco

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Monaco the magnificent. No Formula 1 grand prix is as famous or notorious as this one. It’s both the racing and social event of the year, and this time around, we are on the cusp of civil war at Mercedes.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton locked out the front row once again, but the nature of Rosberg’s pole position has irked Hamilton, who will be willing to do anything to win his fifth straight race today. However, Rosberg is looking to defend his Monaco crown after winning last year, and he too will be keen on recovering the championship lead.

You can watch the Monaco Grand Prix live on NBC from 7:30am ET, with F1 Countdown starting at 7am on NBCSN. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Should disaster strike at Mercedes, Red Bull will be waiting in the wings to pick up the pieces. Daniel Ricciardo qualified in third place ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel, marking the fifth time this year the Australian has had the upper hand on Saturday. He is keen on scoring his second straight podium finish, but he could be a dark horse to win the race if Mercedes’ worst nightmare becomes reality.

Further down the field, other stories are set to unravel. Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will be looking to score some solid points for Ferrari from P5 and P6, whilst Toro Rosso remarkably got both of its drivers into the top ten. Daniil Kvyat will start his first ever race at Monaco from ninth place, one spot behind Kevin Magnussen who is looking to score McLaren’s first points since the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Whether you’re a racing fan or just a sports fan, the Monaco Grand Prix is a spectacle that must be watched.

You can watch the Monaco Grand Prix live on NBC from 7:30am ET, with F1 Countdown starting at 7am on NBCSN. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”