F1 Paddock Pass: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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The 19th and final race on the World Championship calendar for 2014 brings us to the Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – times for the weekend’s broadcasts on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra are linked here.

In this installment of NBC Sports Original Digital Series “Paddock Pass,” our F1 pit reporter Will Buxton speaks with newly announced Ferrari 2015 driver, Sebastian Vettel about his 3-year deal with the Scuderia. Fernando Alonso hints at where he may end up next season & a coy Jenson Button discusses his future options.

Meanwhile, the duel in the desert between Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is on…hear what the world championship contenders had to say.

For more, follow us on Twitter @F1onNBCSports & watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix LIVE on NBC Sunday, November 23rd with coverage beginning at 7 a.m. ET.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.