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.