F1 Paddock Pass: Australian Grand Prix (VIDEO)

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Kicking off the new Formula 1 season in Melbourne, NBCSN’s Will Buxton brings you all of the latest news and insight ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix in the first edition of digital series Paddock Pass.

In part one of this episode, we catch up with defending F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who talks about his bid for a third title in 2015 and how he feels like “the hunter” ahead of the chasing pack.

Hamilton may be hoping for more of the same in 2015, but four-time champion Sebastian Vettel is hoping to make a clean break from last year’s form by moving to Scuderia Ferrari for the new season. We spoke with the German driver ahead of this weekend’s race about his first few months with the team, but who does he think the favorites for the championship are?

You can enjoy comprehensive coverage of the Australian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra this weekend. Click here to see our full broadcasting schedule for the race weekend.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.