WATCH LIVE: Russian GP qualifying on NBCSN from 7am ET

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Formula 1 has arrived in Russia this weekend in a somber state following Jules Bianchi’s horrific accident at the Japanese Grand Prix last Sunday.

The Frenchman remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Japan, having suffered severe head injuries in the crash that involved a recovery vehicle being used at the side of the track. He continues to be the foremost thought for the entire F1 community in Sochi.

Qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix should be an interesting affair following three close practice sessions on Friday and Saturday. Lewis Hamilton has laid down an impressive pace, but with the likes of Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas in tow, the Briton may face a challenge for pole position on Saturday.

You can watch qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton’s pace in FP3 was particularly impressive given that we did not see all he was capable of. He was forced to cut his practice session short following a spin in the final complex of corners which ruined his tires. He will not face any action from the stewards for cutting the pit entry, though.

After three consecutive defeats, Rosberg will be gunning to finally get the edge on Hamilton in the race on Sunday, and securing pole position could be critical in making this happen.

Watch the full qualifying session live from Sochi on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7am ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Indy Lights: Askew wins at Gateway as Veekay’s tires wear off

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For the fourth consecutive race, Oliver Askew is an winner in Indy Lights competition, and with only four races reaming in the 2019 season, the 22-year-old Floridian is on the cusp of winning his first series championship.

After starting Saturday’s 75-lap event at World Wide Technology Raceway from the pole position, Askew was quickly passed by Rinus Veekay on the first lap. However, Askew continued to follow VeeKay closely before retaking the lead on lap 53, a lead which he would not relinquish through the checkered flag.

“I think our car was just better,” Askew told NBC Sports after winning his seventh race of the season.

“I understood that from the beginning that he [VeeKay] had more straight line speed than us, so he was more trimmed out, and I knew that he was going to lose his tires at the end, and he did.

“I just had to keep the pressure on and wait for my opportunity.”

With his victory, Askew now extends his lead over VeeKay in the point standings by 52 points.

For Veekay, who held on to finish second, the fight to remain in the title race will not be an easy one.

“I’ll try everything I can but it’s been very tough,” VeeKay said. “The team and I, we’re giving it all we have. That’s all we can do.”

David Malukas finished third, while Ryan Norman and and Robert Mcgennis finished fourth and fifth, respectfully.

Dalton Kellett took the checkered flag where he started in the sixth position, and Lucas Kohl finished the race in the seventh position.

Toby Sowery finished the race in the eighth and final position after bringing out the lone caution of the race by spinning in Turn 2 on lap 12.

Indy Lights drivers and teams will now head out to the Pacific Northwest for a double header at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

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