WATCH LIVE: FP2 for the Brazilian Grand Prix

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After closing out the first practice session in Brazil as the fastest driver, Nico Rosberg will be looking to double up in FP2 today at Interlagos as the drivers get a second chance to get to grips with the newly-resurfaced Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

The majority of the drivers had at least one off-track excursion during the first session on Friday, and this could yet continue as rain threatens to make conditions all the more testing during second practice.

You can watch FP2 for the Brazilian GP live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 11a ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Rosberg may have been the man to beat during FP1, but teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton was in very close company, finishing just two-tenths of a second shy of the German driver.

Hamilton moved into a 24-point lead at the top of the F1 drivers’ championship with victory at last weekend’s United States Grand Prix, and can tighten his grasp on the title with a sixth successive win in Brazil this weekend.

For the time being though, it is Rosberg who holds the advantage at Interlagos, and he will be keen on carrying this form into FP2 on Friday afternoon.

You can watch the complete FP2 session live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 11a ET. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.